Thursday 23 November 2017

Lise Hand: Richard is back on the bench

Richard Boyd Barrett
Richard Boyd Barrett

Despite having being temporarily wheeled off the field of battle in the Politicians v Political Journalists football match in Lansdowne Road last weekend after an unmerciful collision, Richard Boyd Barrett is expected to be fit to take his place again on the Technical Group bench when the Dail returns from its well-earned midweek break next Tuesday.

And it will be the Technical Group which takes its place in the spotlight, with Ming Flanagan's private member's bill on the legalisation of cannabis up for debate. It's a timely debate, given that there are an estimated 150,000 users of the drug in every class of Irish society, and it clearly ain't going anywhere soon.

So far the only deputy to come roaring out of the traps is Fine Gael's Derek Keating. The Dublin Mid-West TD last week demanded that the Technical Group, which proposed "this irresponsible Private Members' Business", withdraw it at once.

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