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Medicinal cannabis: Health Minister signs licence for Ava Barry

From BBC - November 28, 2017

The Irish minister for health has signed a licence for a seven-year old from County Cork to access medicinal cannabis.

Ava Barry suffers from a severe form of epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome.

On Tuesday, Simon Harris told the Dil (Irish Parliament) he could not comment on individual cases, but had signed the third application for a licence.

In a video message her mother Vera Twomey said she had "good news".

"Ava has been granted the licence for the medical cannabis and we are coming home. We will be home for Christmas and she's doing really well" she said.

"I just want to thank everybody for the support and everything.

"We just ca not wait to get her home to Aghabullogue and she will be even better there. We are going to be home as soon as we can," she added.

Fianna Fil leader Michel Martin told the Dil that Ava was now accessing a programme through a Dutch neurologist and doctors here.

Mr Martin called for a timeline for the establishment of a rapid access programme for children with illnesses such as drug resistant epilepsy.

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