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Cabinet to approve new Citizens’ Assembly on drug use

The Cabinet is meeting in Dublin where it is expected ministers will approve a new Citizens' Assembly on drug abuse and sign-off on this year's plan for ministerial visits on St Patrick's Day.

Minister for Justice Simon Harris is also expected to update his colleagues on legislation which aims to protect vulnerable witnesses from intimidation and re-traumatisation.

Green Party Senator Vincent P Martin is bringing a Private Members' Bill which seeks to allow courts to prohibit an accused person from personally cross examining a victim or a child in coercive control cases.

Mr Harris will seek Cabinet approval not to oppose this bill, and also outline legislative plans to ensure appropriate protections are in place for victims of forced marriage, stalking and harassment in order to minimise potential re-traumatisation and intimidation during trial.

Meanwhile, Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton will seek Cabinet approval for the establishment of a new Citizens' Assembly on drug use.

If approved, the work could commence as early as April.

Ministers are also due to sign-off on this year's ministerial visits for St Patrick's Day.

This year's theme will highlight the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement; the 50th anniversary of Ireland being in the EU; and 100 years of Ireland on the international stage.

Separately, Minister of State Jack Chambers is expected to bring proposals to provide €18 million to assist the licensed haulage businesses with cost pressures.

Source:, 14/02/2023

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