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Cannabis for medicinal use is legal in the Netherlands, Spain, the Czech Republic, Australia, Canada and some US states. Photograph: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg

While not exactly on the cusp of legality, the prospect of medicinal cannabis becoming a reality here has drawn considerably closer with the Governmen(...)

Cannabis for medicinal purposes is weighed for distribution (above). Dr Michael Harty (Independent) has said: “My main concern is that this Bill will open the door to the availability of cannabis for recreational use.” File photograph: Getty Images

Several Government Ministers have signalled they are wary of any moves that might make cannabis more widely available. The Government has agreed not (...)

Simon Harris said he did not agree with all of the contents of the proposed Bill. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government has announced it will not oppose Opposition proposals in the Dáil to make cannabis available for medicinal purposes. Minister for Heal(...)

Gino Kenny TD, whose Bill for the legalisation of medicinal cannabis has received widespread support in the Dáil. Photograph: Alan Betson: The Irish Times

Legislation allowing for the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes is expected to pass through the Dáil. A Bill proposed by People Before Profit TD (...)

The Bill provides for the regulation of cannabis for medicinal use so that patients can receive a legally protected, secure supply that is safe and effective. Photograph: PA

The Independent Alliance has secured a free vote on proposed legislation allowing the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes. The group, which consis(...)

Buds of cannabis at a a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, California, US. Minister for Health Simon Harris has promised he will take action on the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes. File photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Minister for Health Simon Harris has promised the mother of an ill child that he will take action on the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes in Jan(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald: said students from a large number of countries such as the US and Brazil as well as members of the European Economic Area  do not require visas to study in Ireland.Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Russia tops the league table for the number of study visas to Ireland issued over the last three years, followed by Saudi Arabia, China and India. In(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris has been called on to support a Bill to enable doctors to prescribe cannabis for certain medical conditions. Photograph: Eric Luke

A six-year-old girl with a catastrophic form of epilepsy who was recording up to 23 seizures over a 36-hour period is now almost seizure-free after s(...)

Gino Kenny of the People Before Profit/ Anti Austerity Alliance: “This is not about decriminalising cannabis. That debate too needs to happen but this is about simply trying to assist people in pain.” Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Minister with responsibility for drugs, Catherine Byrne, has pledged to examine a Bill tabled by People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny which aims to (...)

 Minister of State for Disabilities Finian McGrath called on members of the Public Accounts Committee  to question the St John of God’s executives in  wake of revelations. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Health Simon Harris said in the Dáil any payments which have breached public sector salary rules would have to be returned. Mr Harris t(...)

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