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Vera Twomey causes TD traffic chaos by staging sit-in at Leinster House

Assorted deputies were left stranded inside the gates of Leinster House by the protest.


MEDICINAL CANNABIS CAMPAIGNER Vera Twomey caused chaos by staging a sit-in at the gates of Leinster House this afternoon.

Cork woman Twomey was demanding a meeting with Minister for Health Simon Harris over access to medicinal cannabis for her daughter Ava, and believes the drug will help ease her daughter’s debilitating seizures.

3332 vera Twomey_90510551 Source: Leah Farrell

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The presence of the protest caused a queue of cars inside the gates with TDs unable to leave Leinster House.

2910 Vera Twomey_90510546 Source: Leah Farrell

Twomey had spent the previous night sleeping outside the Dáil.

Gardaí attended the scene, and eventually forcibly removed the protest. It had lasted nearly three hours.

Afterwards, she expressed her disappointment that Harris had been unwilling to meet with her, but said that the gardaí behaved in a “very decent” fashion.

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