TDs 'locked in' by protest for medicinal cannabis to help little Ava
TDs were locked inside Leinster House after a Cork woman campaigning to ensure her child is given access to cannabis-based medication staged a sit down protest at the gates.
Vera Twomey is demanding a meeting with Health Minister Simon Harris to discuss the legalisation of medicinal cannabis to treat her daughter Ava, who suffers from Dravets syndrome - a rare form of epilepsy.
TDs hoping to drive home to their constituencies were lined up inside Leinster House as the protest ensued.
Ms Twomey had indicated she would not leave until Mr Harris met with her.
She claims Mr Harris has failed to follow up on issues she raised at a meeting two months ago.
Some 18 gardaí surrounded Ms Twomey and the three other supporters and removed them a short time later. Last month, the mother travelled to Spain and obtained a three-month supply of medicinal cannabis for her daughter, which was confiscated by customs officials at Dublin Airport.
People Before Profit TDs Gino Kenny and Richard Boyd Barrett have called for Mr Harris to meet Ms Twomey without delay.