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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debate. Order of business [mephedrone]. (24 Mar 2010)

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Deputy Denis Naughten:  ...I wish to raise two items of secondary legislation with the Taoiseach. The first is a legislative item I raised with the Taoiseach in the Chamber a fortnight ago, that is, the introduction of a new statutory instrument in respect of the Planning and Development Act 2000 to remove the exemption from the requirement of planning permission for head shops. When will this item of secondary legislation be introduced? Second, the Government has drafted a statutory instrument under the Misuse of Drugs Act to ban quite a number of products that are on sale in head shops. The Taoiseach has informed the House that it will take three months for approval from the European Commission. In light of the fact that the three-month period has expired in the United Kingdom for the banning of similar substances that are to be banned here and in light of the European Commission’s ability to give approval for the immediate—— 

An Ceann Comhairle:   We will try to find out about the basic query the Deputy has on the matter.
Deputy Denis Naughten:    ——ban of mephedrone on public health grounds and given that another young girl died yesterday in the United Kingdom following the consumption of mephedrone, will the Taoiseach make this a priority?
An Ceann Comhairle:  Is secondary legislation promised?
Deputy Denis Naughten:  Will the Government introduce a statutory instrument to ban mephedrone and the other products immediately? When will Members have sight of the secondary legislation of the Planning and Development Act?
An Ceann Comhairle:   Deputy Reilly, on the same matter.
Deputy James Reilly:   I wish to raise the same matter and another unrelated matter.
An Ceann Comhairle:   Please do not.
Deputy James Reilly:  On this matter, I asked both that this secondary legislation be put in place and that the Minister for Health and Children introduce secondary legislation to ensure first that there would be product liability on all the products sold and second that the Irish Medicines Board and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland would be obliged to pass all substances for sale in such shops. This would have the net effect of shutting them down.
Vol. 705 No. 2
Order of Business
Wednesday, 24 March 2010

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