Vera Twomey

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Vera Twomey touching the gates of Leinster House after her marathon walk in March 2017 in support of her campaign for her daughter Ava Barry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Medicinal cannabis campaigner Vera Twomey has said she was “devastated” to read comments from doctors in Monday’s Irish Times criticising “the one-sid(...)

Vera Twomey says her daughter, who has severe epilepsy, is thriving since she started using medicinal cannabis and hasn’t been admitted to hospital in two years. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Medicinal cannabis campaigner Vera Twomey has said that she was “devastated” to read the comments of doctors in Monday’s Irish Times who criticised “t(...)

Joe Schmidt  was made an honorary Corkman. Photograph: Eric Luke

Two young science students beat stiff competition from leading figures in sport, the arts and business to be named Cork Persons of the Year 2018 at a (...)

Vera Twomey from Aghabullogue, Co Cork, with her daughter Ava, who suffers from Dravet syndrome. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

An Irish medicinal cannabis campaigner who secured a licence for the medication for her ill daughter has been invited to the speak in the House of Com(...)

Ifrah Ahmed, International Person of the Year at the People of the Year Awards. Photograph. Robbie Reynolds

The Beast from the East is, when you think about it, a suitably titled nemesis for The People of the Year. The 43rd so-titled awards show was among ma(...)

Sean Fenton, a first year student at Trinity College Dublin, believes cannabis oil helped him to reduce the level of strong anti-epileptic drugs which he said had the side effect of slowing his brain down.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sean Fenton spoke to The Irish Times this time last year while in the middle of repeating his Leaving Cert. On January 16th, 2017 he said he hoped ca(...)

Yvonne Cahalane with Tristan Forde (3) and his brother Oscar (5) at home in Dunmanway, Co Cork.  Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

The last two Decembers have been the best and worst of times for Yvonne Cahalane and her husband John Forde. In December 2015, she set out with their(...)

Ava Barry, a seven year old girl from Co Cork, has been granted permission to use medicinal cannabis to prevent severe epilepsy attacks. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Ava Barry, a seven year old girl from Co Cork, has been granted permission to use medicinal cannabis to prevent severe epilepsy attacks. Minister for(...)

Vera Twomey touching the gates of Leinster House after her marathon walk in March 2017 in support of her campaign for her daughter Ava Barry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Simon Harris has granted a licence for the use of medicinal cannabis by seven-year-old Ava Barry from Cork who suffers with a seve(...)

Minister of State for Justice David Stanton said sometimes it was better to start from scratch, redraft the cannabis legislation and resubmit it, if it was not possible to amend it.

Private Members’ legislation legalising medicinal cannabis remains on the Dáil agenda, despite the Oireachtas Committee on Health saying it is legally(...)

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