Independent TD Luke "Ming" Flanagan has threatened to inform gardai of any TDs who have indulged in “previous activity”, in a debate over the legalisation of cannabis in the Dail.
The Roscommon TD shocked many TDs present and was met with collective consternation when he made the threat about reporting any deputies who have used cannabis.
Mr Flanagan said he “will be contacting the gardai to inform them of any previous activity” of members of the Dail.
During a private members' motion put forward by the Technical Group last night, Mr Flanagan said the debate was no longer a radical one.
“It is not radical anymore to say that cannabis should be legalised,” he said.
He referenced a recent Gallup poll in the United States which found that the majority are now in favour of legalising the drug.
His party colleague Richard Boyd Barrett agreed: “There has never been a death in Ireland that’s been attributable to cannabis use.”
Meanwhile, Dublin Central TD Maureen O’Sullivan said she couldn’t support the motion, coming from a constituency which has suffered from the affects of drug abuse “more than anywhere else” in the country.
She said many of her constituents - young males who are early school leavers and come from dysfunctional families - are “not informed” to make decisions on drugs.
Meanwhile, Independent TD Mattie McGrath said after reviewing some of the research, he finds himself “unconvinced” that legalising cannabis is the answer.