Minister to launch report into “herbal high” use in Monaghan


A report on the findings of a survey carried out into the extent of the problems caused by use of synthetic cannabinoid substances – so called “Legal” or “herbal highs” – in Co Monaghan will be launched on Wednesday, November 25 next by Minister of State for New Communities, Culture and Equality Aodhan O Riordain TD.

The findings of the research will be outlined at a public event in Teach Na nDaoine Family Resource Centre at 2:30pm.

The report is entitled “A community based study of Synthetic Cannabinoid use in Co Monaghan, Ireland”

A partnership of health and support organisations commissioned an investigation into the extent of the problem in the county after widespread public concerns about the issue were raised.

Next week’s event will give an overview of the research and its findings and main recommendations. A number of keynote speakers will present an indication of how the issue is evolving.

The organisers said this week: “Some time will be allotted towards the end of the presentation for questions to be directed to the panel. However due to the expected high turn out, it is strongly advised that organisations, journalists, community representatives and other interested parties submit their name and details to the contact person in Teach Na nDaoine (04771398) in advance of the event.

Those wishing to ask questions on the day, without submitting their details in advance, may not be heard.

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Guns and Roses Tour

A motley crew of intrepid explorers set off from Teach na nDaoine on Sunday morning last, when most of us were in our beds, to delve into the detail of modern Irish history at Glasnevin  Cemetery.

A group of thirty souls of all ages, colours, creeds and a few rock & roll lovin aliens, left on the trip organised and sponsored by Teach Na nDaoine’s PIP project, promoting social inclusion, in beautiful sunshine.

A short skip on a nice bus brought us to Glasnevin where our tour guide was waiting. We were treated to a fantastic tour of Modern Irish History, from O’Connell, to Parnell, through to 1916, and beyond. The tour re-enacted the oration, by Patrick Pierce at the graveside of O’ Donovan Rossa and gave an insight into the preparations for the rising. It was hard not to feel moved as you passed on to the graves of Cathal Brugha and Michael Collins and were confronted by the stark reality of loyal comrades, in deadly conflict with each other.

Glasnevin is a fantastic place for anyone interested in history or just a good story. There are monuments to the dead of both world wars and military graves of many who fought in British Army.

The whole gambit of life and death is there to be imagined with stories of grave robbers, cholera, and the tragedy of unmarked graves.

If that wasn’t enough stimulation, having ‘done the guns’, we headed for ‘the roses’ of The Botanic Gardens, just next door.

The Victorian glass houses are stunning and worth a visit in themselves but for anyone the delight of the exotic plants and flowers that have been collected

over the years is fantastic. From the tiny and fragile plant life of the Swiss Alps to the  wild abundance of rain forest plants the gardens have it all..

Having completed the study trip we reported all we learned to Packie Kelly, our leader, we watched as his eyes glazed over and knew that he had plans to rival the Botanic Gardens  of Dublin with his own Mullaghmatt Botanic Gardens and why not a small crematorium!

Watch out for further trips.