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30th September 2023
Chief Medical Officer says level of cannabis use in Ireland is ‘of great concern’
The Citizens’ Assembly on Drugs Use is meeting to consider a broad range of perspectives on prevention.
Last week
24th September 2023 - 30th September 2023
Opinion: The Citizens’ Assembly on Drug Use needs more diversity of speakers and thought
Lynn Ruane, Ian Marder and Cian O’Concubhair say independent, critical, expert voices on policing and criminal justice are desperately needed.
Last month
September 2023
Citizens' assembly on biodiversity loss had 'no urban-rural divide' in forming recommendations
The Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action met this morning to hear from members of last year’s Citizens’ Assembly on Biodiversity Loss.
Factcheck: What did an expert on Youth Justice tell the Citizens’ Assembly about drug crime?
A UL professor said most young offenders simply “grow out of crime” without intervention.
Senior Garda tells Citizens' Assembly on Drugs Use he has 'grave concerns' over legalisation
This weekend’s meeting will consist of talks and workshops looking at Ireland’s present legal approach to drugs, and possible ways forward.
This year
Citizens’ assembly chair says urgent step change in approach to drug use is needed
The panel is halfway through its programme of work after a weekend of meetings in Malahide.
Drug use 'everywhere' but marginalised communities face more difficulties, Citizens' Assembly hears
Assembly members are due to visit drug treatment centres tomorrow.
Citizens' Assembly on Drugs Use now open for submissions from the public
The assembly itself is made up of 99 ordinary members of the public and one chairperson, namely former HSE CEO Paul Reid.
Therapist: Right or wrong, recreational drug use is part of the festival experience
Psychotherapist Michael Ledden, chairperson of festival welfare non-profit, PsyCare Ireland addresses drug use at festivals in Ireland.
Citizens' Assembly on Drugs holds first meeting in Dublin
The meeting is being held in the Grand Hotel in Malahide.
Addiction experts, campaigners concerned over 'transparency' of new Citizens' Assembly
A report by
Eoghan Dalton
The intervention comes ahead of the Citizens’ Assembly for drugs getting underway this weekend.
Citizen's Assembly on biodiversity loss says State is breaking 'its own laws' on nature
Members also questioned whether the government was taking the biodiversity emergency, which was declared in 2019, seriously.
Public forum examining Ireland's neutrality to be held in Dublin, Galway and Cork in June
Micheál Martin says there is no preconceived outcome to the debate.
Paul Reid is 'pragmatic' about the criticism of his role as Chair of Citizens' Assembly on Drugs
A number of politicians have questioned the appointment.
Former head of the HSE Paul Reid has been appointed to lead the Citizens' Assembly on Drugs
Reid was head of the HSE until last year.
Minister for Justice Simon Harris says he 'hasn't heard' of drug use in Leinster House
Harris said such matters should be reported to the Gardaí, as Fine Gael TDs were quizzed on drug policy and personal drug use.
Citizens' Assembly will examine State response to illegal drugs and report back by end of year
Cabinet this morning agreed to begin the Citizens’ Assembly on Drugs in April.
Opinion: We as legislators must be brave and make difficult decisions regarding drug laws
Fianna Fáil’s Paul McAuliffe says we cannot consider drug laws without understanding the trauma behind drug use.
Citizens' Assembly on drugs expected to begin before summer
The Taoiseach said that a report by the Oireachtas Justice Committee would help set the terms of reference.
'The war on drugs does not work': Fianna Fáil TDs call for reform to drugs policy
A report from the Oireachtas Justice Committee called for an acceleration of decriminalisation.
Assembly on biodiversity calls on Government to reassess aims of Coillte at final meeting
The assembly’s conclusions so far include that the State has “comprehensively failed” on biodiversity.
Last year
'No view' on cannabis legalisation, says Varadkar as Citizens' Assembly on drugs expected in 2023
He said that “the public are ahead of the politicians” on issues like drugs policy and abortion.
Citizens' Assembly told of need to maintain peatlands while supporting 'just transition'
The Citizens’ Assembly has concluded its fourth meeting with an in-depth discussion on restoring and regenerating Ireland’s peatlands.
Dublin Citizens' Assembly votes to recommend directly elected mayor with significant powers
At its final meeting today, members of the assembly voted on what recommendations to make in a report to be sent to the Oireachtas.
Poll: Should Dublin have a directly elected mayor?
The Citizens’ Assembly on a Directly Elected Mayor for Dublin will meet for the fourth time today.
Citizens’ assembly on agriculture the wrong model, says farming group
The Labour Party has proposed a citizens’ assembly be held on the future of agriculture and food production.
Citizens' Assembly on directly elected Dublin mayor adjourns until September
The assembly heard that local government is in need of “radical reform”.
Directly elected mayor for Dublin could be a 'dog's dinner' unless proper planning takes place
The former Taoiseach said a “ten-year plan where we start building up the federal system would be great” and “putting in a mayor at the start of that might be won’t work”.
Bertie Ahern to address Citizens' Assembly on directly elected mayor for Dublin
The former Taoiseach will speak to the 80 members of the Assembly at 10.45 am on ‘The Reality of Devolution’.
Citizens' Assembly on biodiversity loss to visit three examples of biodiversity management
The assembly is tasked with making recommendations to the Oireachtas on how the State should tackle biodiversity loss.
Heads of Dublin's local authorities express support for directly elected mayor
The mayors of the four local authorities in Dublin spoke at a panel discussion at the Dublin Citizens’ Assembly on a directly elected mayor.
New Citizens' Assembly on biodiversity loss officially launched at first meeting today
Over the next six months, a citizens’ assembly will hear evidence and made recommendations for the good of Ireland’s biodiversity.
Citizens’ Assembly on directly elected Dublin Mayor holds first in-person meeting
The Assembly will examine the potential benefits and challenges of a directly elected Mayor for Dublin
'One of the most important and defining issues': Citizens' assembly on biodiversity launched
A citizens’ assembly on Dublin’s governance will also begin this afternoon.
Amnesty and dozens of NGOs sign letter calling for Citizens' Assembly on drugs to be held this year
21 TDs and 13 senators signed the open letter, including three Government representatives.
Jim Gavin and Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin will chair new Citizens' Assemblies
The Taoiseach announced the high-profile appointments today.
Sinn Féin runs advert in The New York Times calling for 'Irish unity in our time'
Mary Lou McDonald sat down with The Journal in New York today where she said criticism of the ad was ‘nonsense’.
Drugs minister begins prep for Citizens' Assembly in 2023 'after clarification from Taoiseach's office'
Minister of State Frank Feighan confirmed to The Journal last week that the Citizens’ Assembly on Drugs would not take place this year.
Psychological Society criticises delay in 'vital' citizens' assembly on drugs amid death warning
Senators are due to debate the issue today amid much criticism over this week’s developments.
'If cattle were dying, not humans, there would be action': Citizens' assembly on drugs delayed
The delay until 2023 will cost lives, Labour TD Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said.