An Aodhán Ó Ríordáin is to become Ireland’s new Minister of State with Responsibility for Drug Strategy which ends it’s current strategy next year.
“I think people – guards, the prison service – will probably agree with me. We have an opportunity through the legislation that is forthcoming the Misuse of Drugs Act to investigate that.”
‘I am going to mark any hard calls on that but the difference between decriminalisation and legalisation is quite different,’
“We need to have a proper discussion before we set off alarm bells in people’s heads.”
He was also very keen to get his views about addiction across saying that addiction should be dealt with by health services, not prison sentences.
Recently, Ireland’s made a big mess when a loophole made ecstasy, mushrooms and ketamine legal for 24 hours.