Luke 'Ming' Flanagan is an Irish independent politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Midlands–North-West constituency. He is Ireland’s most renowned cannabis activist and has brought forward the Cannabis Regulation Bill 2013.
Dr Cathal Ó Súiliobháin LRCPI LRCSI LMCC MSc
Dr Cathal Ó Súiliobháin qualified as a medical doctor from the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, 1973. He then spent 20 years working as a Family Doctor in Canada, first in Newfoundland and then in Quebéc. Following the experience in Canada he returned to Ireland in 1994 to work in General Practice (GP) and addiction treatment. He also trained in the National Drug Treatment Centre Dublin. He then became a General Practitioner Specialized in Substance Abuse (GPSSA) in the Health Service Executive from 1996 to 1998. He then got appointed GP Coordinator East Coast Area Addiction Service in 1998 where he oversaw the introduction of the Methadone Protocol Treatment scheme in that area. Dr Cathal Obtained a Masters in Drug and Alcohol Policy Trinity College Dublin in the year 2000. Furthermore he is Involved in teaching addiction treatment to GPs both in the Irish College of General Practitioners and in the HSE Addiction Service.
I became interested in politics in 2009 and began studying and researching everything I could find online and comparing sources used and quality of conducted studies and data used. In the course of my economic research I came across articles and other media relating to the economics of the illegal drugs industry which shocked me into studying the relationship between the 'War on Drugs' and our current economic woes. We have a lot of learning to do and discussion must start.