MEP backs re­search on cannabis

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A res­o­lu­tion for more re­search into medic­i­nal cannabis as part of the next EU bud­get was voted on last week in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment’s En­vi­ron­ment, Food Safety and Pub­lic Health Com­mit­tee, Mairead Mc McGuin­ness MEP and first Vice-Pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment, has said.

‘ The sub­ject is very much on the Euro­pean po­lit­i­cal agenda,’ said the Ardee na­tive.

And she said there is a need for in­creased knowl­edge among med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als of the po­ten­tial of cannabis based medicine.

Ac­cord­ing to the text voted through “there is lit­tle or no ed­u­ca­tional train­ing on the im­pact of med­i­cal prod­ucts con­tain­ing THC and CBD in EU coun­tries for med­i­cal staff ”

‘We can­not ig­nore that cit­i­zens are ac­cess­ing cannabis based medicines on­line or else­where. And that EU coun­tries have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to se­cure suf­fi­cient avail­abil­ity of safe and con­trolled cannabis for medic­i­nal pur­poses need to be fur­ther de­vel­oped and har­monised across the EU.’ AN ARDEE coun­cil­lor wants the town to play its part in the cel­e­bra­tion of Fleadh Cheoil na hEire­ann 2019 with the nam­ing of a round­about af­ter mu­si­cal leg­end, Der­mot O’Brien.

Lo­cal coun­cil­lor Dolores Minogue wants the nam­ing cer­e­mony to take place on the week­end of the Fleadh so as many vis­i­tors as pos­si­ble could come and cel­e­brate the life of the 1957 All-Ire­land win­ning cap­tain.

Speak­ing this week, his son, Ro­nan, said the fam­ily would be ‘very hon­oured’ by such a ges­ture.

‘ That peo­ple still re­spect him is won­der­ful. We are very proud of daddy and any­thing that recog­nises him is great to see.’

He said Der­mot was very proud of the Ir­ish lan­guage and tra­di­tion.

Ad­dress­ing last week’s area coun­cil meet­ing in Ardee, Cllr Minogue felt the Sat­ur­day of the Fleadh open­ing week­end might be the oc­ca­sion for the event and it could turn into a real cel­e­bra­tion day to re­mem­ber the great man.

‘ This would be a fit­ting hon­our for him be­cause we might not get the Fleadh back in Louth for years. I have spo­ken to the traders about a mini Fleadh day and I be­lieve it’s an idea that can be teased out,’ she stated.

She also wants the fund­ing for an arts project - which will come with the new by­pass - to go towards a statue of Der­mot O’Brien.

How­ever, it was de­cided to de­fer the mo­tion to a later date af­ter Cllr Jim Tenanty in­di­cated that there is al­ready a com­mit­tee who want to hon­our Der­mot O’Brien and an­other Ardee per­son. He said the com­mit­tee were not in favour of the round­about plan. He also said traders and the busi­ness com­mu­nity wanted to spon­sor round­abouts and main­tain them.

‘I spoke to Der­mot’s fam­ily and they are de­lighted with the idea,’ Cllr Minogue stated, her sec­on­der for the mo­tion, Liam Reilly, adding that he didn’t know there was a com­mit­tee.

Cathaoir­leach Pearse McGeough said more thought should go into the mo­tion with Cllr Minogue to talk to the com­mit­tee.

She agreed to de­fer it but is still keen for it to go ahead.

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