As the public disquiet and international storm caused by the mistreatment of an 7-year old child by the ‘Republic’ of Ireland grows, Vera Twomey walks on. She’s walking in hail, rain, and sleet. She’s walking to get medicinal cannabis for her daughter Ava, who has Dravet Syndrome. She’s walking powered by a Mum’s determination to do what’s right for her child.
She has the full support of her family, and everyone she meets on her 200+Km walk in the cold of an Irish Spring. Everyone, that is, except the two Government ministers who should be supporting her at every turn. Those are the Minister for Health (Simon Harris), and the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Katherine Zappone). Neither have lifted a finger to help.
Today’s continued walk was from Littleton in County Tipperary to Johnstown, County Kilkenny. Which means that Vera has now walked 138Km for her child.
Children from the local National School in Littleton walked in support of Ava and Vera for the first kilometre of the day’s journey. Along the way she was joined by some public representatives who recognise the increasing public disquiet caused by the extraordinary undertaking of this woman. Vera was also joined by increasing numbers of ordinary citizens who wish to show their solidarity with her. At all times Vera is accompanied by Gino Kenny TD, who has assisted her throughout her ordeal, and who has proposed legislation that could resolve the issue. Vera was also joined today by Ming Flanagan.
There continues to be general silence from the Minister for Health on her request for help. On his statements in the Dáil (the parliament of the ‘Republic’ of Ireland), there is discussion on the correctness of the content, and the impression given by them.
Tomorrow Vera starts from Cullahill in County Kilkenny. In order to reach Dublin by Tuesday, a decision was made to start from that point in order to get to Portlaoise on Saturday; Portlaoise is home to Ireland’s largest prison. That’s the prison to which Vera or her husband Paul could certainly be sent by the State if either of them did what any right-thinking parent would do, and themselves arranged medicinal cannabis to control their daughters seizures.
What Vera wants for 7-year old Ava is perfectly safe, legal, and acceptable in other European states, and on most of the continent of North America and Canada!
Can you come along, take photographs, and share them to *everyone* in your Facebook to raise awareness of what this Mum must do for her child in the face of an uncaring State? Can you share this link or page to others around our planet? Can you do your bit to draw international attention to the shameful conduct of the Southern ‘Republic’ towards one of it’s youngest citizens?
Tomorrows intended route is shown here:
Can you be like the children of Littleton National School and do your part to help a sick 7-year old child?
Or can you send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to point out how disappointed you are that he has so far not heeded the request of a Mum who just wants her child to be well?
If you’ve already sent an email, then thank you; but have you received a reply? If not… send again and ask why not. Please.
It’s Vera’s concern that if Ava has another major seizure that there could be further permanent damage, or death, as a result. Your clicks and email will help.