Ireland shamed as Government Ministers neglect 7-year old child

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 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.

Thank you.

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20 thoughts on “Ireland shamed as Government Ministers neglect 7-year old child”

  1. Good on her.she is some woman here’s hoping she will get justice for her.little girl so unfair to have her suffering like that. Keep fighting.

  2. This government is a disgrace time to elect genuine people that can care for the people who voted them in

  3. Will you politicians stop what you’re doing because you are failing the people of Ireland every day…
    And especially this mother, father and daughter…. Will you wake up and focus on people and not profit for your cronies….
    You should all be ashamed of yourself…..
    No mother should have to under take this action to get help…. you have no problem pawning the drugs from big pharma, most of which are detrimental to our health and killing us slowly, but you won’t help people in need of the benefits of cannabis…a substance that was legal untill after prohibition in the USA…and only demonised for political gain…
    Shame on you all

  4. Simon Harris is an absolute disgrace ,it is freely available in other countries so what is his problem, it amazing how you can have so little respect for one person GROW A PAIR MINISTER. and so much respect for another
    WALK ON VERA …. don’t get me started on Zappone..

  5. chin up and be proud, this government we have are a joke just like the rest. you deserve better, good on you

  6. This is despicable that any Irish person has to walk in all weathers to try get help for her child. My husband suffers from two kinds of epilepsy and medicinal cannabis will stop his seizures and give us some kind of normal life. Our so called government is a absolute disgrace as usual lining their own pockets, flying here there and everywhere, for what? don’t tell me it for the growth of Ireland or for tourism. What have they done for us the tax payers, the one’s that is paying for their big fat wages and the huge pensions and their big fancy homes while the rest of us struggle. We need to stand up for ourselves and get these morons out before this beautiful land of ours falls apart completely .. Shame, shame , shame on you minister Simon Harris..

  7. Fair play to her keep going these government ppl should be ashamed of them God forbid there kids ever get sick like Vera it be a difficult story then

  8. Fair play to you Vera. Hope everything goes well for Ava. The Goverment is a disgrace. And to think Vera could end up in prison because she wants to do what’s best for Ava.

  9. Love will conquer all a mother’s love for her child ..Shame on the Irish government..

  10. Ah Vera well done for what you are doing but if only Ava was Syrian then Minister Zappone would definitely be on the bandwagon screaming for and most definitely getting everything little Ava needs. Take care of those in need at home first ministers, we WON’T forget you next time round

  11. Something should be done by the government for this mother and her little girl. For the past month and a half the coalition government has been paralyzed by idle nonsense about Donald Trump and the St Patrick’s Day presentation of shamrocks, the disgraceful Garda scandal regarding Sergeant McCabe, the dysfunctional healthcare service, and speculation about Enda Kenny’s departure. Will these people get real and give the Twomey family merciful assistance for their daughter, Ava!

  12. ‘We declare the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible. The long usurpation of that right by a foreign people and government has not extinguished the right, nor can it ever be extinguished except by the destruction of the Irish people. In every generation the Irish people have asserted their right to national freedom and sovereignty; six times during the past three hundred years they have asserted it in arms. Standing on that fundamental right and again asserting it in arms in the face of the world, we hereby proclaim the Irish Republic as a Sovereign Independent State, and we pledge our lives and the lives of our comrades in arms to the cause of its freedom, of its welfare, and of its exaltation among the nations. The Irish Republic is entitled to, and hereby claims, the allegiance of every Irishman and Irishwoman. The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all of the children of the nation equally, and oblivious of the differences carefully fostered by an alien Government, which have divided a minority from the majority in the past. Until our arms have brought the opportune moment for the establishment of a permanent National Government, representative of the whole people of Ireland and elected by the suffrages of all her men and women, the Provisional Government, hereby constituted, will administer the civil and military affairs of the Republic in trust for the people.’

  13. Myself and some of my friends (mothers and grandmothers) would like to walk the last 5 klms to Leister House in solidarity with Vera on Tuesday. Could you let us know a location en route and an approximate time where we could join in.

    1. Hi Veronica,
      Leaving Rathcoole 0830 on Tuesday 7, Newlands Cross 1000, 0130 Kildare Street. Don’t have more detail yet.

      Keep an eye and details will follow. 🙂


  14. They say you can define a country on how they treat their women and children… Well the Irish government just proved what they are…useless bunch of self serving, arrogent inhumane, disgusting pigs…. Fair play to all sinn fein who is constantly supporting vera and ava…

  15. Well done Vera. Everyone is with you and following your bravery and determination. There is nothing more worthy than love for another human being.

  16. Once again it’s a disgraceful way for this government to treat a sick little girl. In this century no one should be in pain or not receiving the help they need, what is wrong with the powers that be, surely they have families too….they are all a useless bunch and we are as much to blame voting them in. Good luck in your quest Vera.

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