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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debate. Special Committee on Covid-19 Response final report: motion [Medical cannabis]. (19 Nov 2020)

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Deputy Michael Collins: I am sharing time with Deputy Mattie McGrath.

 

…..We need to move on and look at other issues that are being severely affected by the Covid crisis. One of those issues is access to medicinal cannabis. I am disappointed that the Minister for Health is no longer in the Chamber to hear what I am saying about this. I spoke recently to Vera Twomey, who has been a great activist on this issue on behalf of her daughter, Ava. There is talk now of access to the drug being suspended. I ask the Minister of State to look into this issue. There are a number of families who are affected by it. In fairness to the Taoiseach, he has put a lot of effort into dealing with it. I ask that the Minister of State at least return Ms Twomey's calls and try to resolve her difficulties.

 

The cross-border health directive is another issue I would like to discuss. Unfortunately, I am almost out of time. A lot of people awaiting cataract operations are in danger of going blind. The Minister needs to come into the Dáil and tell us whether that scheme is going to continue.

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