Vera Twomey and Noreen O’Neill climbed Croagh Patrick in Co Mayo with 85 supporters

Two mothers campaigning for the legalisation of medical cannabis in Ireland have climbed one of the country’s most challenging peaks to raise awareness of their campaign.

Noreen O’Neill and Vera Twomey climbed Croagh Patrick in Co Mayo with 85 supporters yesterday. They said that the task was nothing compared with the everyday challenge of trying to get cannabis oil for their children.

At present a patient’s consultant can apply to the minister for health for a licence on a case-by-case basis. This is seen as too onerous by campaigners and there are problems with access to consultants in some areas. Seven people in Ireland have been granted a licence.

Ms O’Neill, from Kilgarvan, Co Kerry, has been unsuccessful in getting a licence for treating her…

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