Dáil Less Christian Than Ever, Despite Prayers

By Patrick Brogan

On a day when politicians officially had to stand for prayers, there was a woman outside protesting for the legalisation of cannabis. And then forcibly removed. Vera Twomey’s daughter needs medical cannabis to ease her seizures. Vera’s daughter, Ava, can suffer up to 20 a day due to epilepsy. Cannabis reduces the number of these.

Much was made about politicians starting the day with a prayer. If they end the day passing by a mother in such desperate need these prayers are redundant and hypocritical. Fine Gael have paid much lip service to preventing things like the Tuam scandal from happening again, but in this day and age, when a woman and her severely suffering daughter are clearly in need of some help, they are ignored.

The media has made a big deal about the fact that the Twomey supporters, and indeed Vera herself, campaigned in front of the gates of Leinster House, therfore preventing TDs leaving. Is this really the big story here? If the Government did their job in a more humane and transparent manner, this would not happen. They are feeding like pigs at the trough. TDs received a payrise last month. This clearly isn’t based on performance. It’s a slap in the face to the people that are suffering, which is most of the country.

Ava’s application for medical cannabis was turned down by the HSE. What other recourse does her mother have than to protest on her behalf? I think watching your daughter suffer almost hourly seizures is far worse than being locked in the Dáil bar for three hours.


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