Simon Harris TD

 A Teachta Dála (TD) for the Wicklow constituency since 2011.

 Minister of State at the Department of Finance from 2014 to 2016

Minister for Health from 2016 to 2020

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science since June 2020

Simon Harris on Autism – brother Adam Harris appointed to the HSE Autism Program in Jan 2020

Mother rejects claims controversial autism dossiers relate only to ‘dormant’ court cases – 20 April 2021

IHREC calls for review into dossiers on autistic children to be published – 31 March 2021

Martin seeks review of department’s gathering of dossiers on children – 26 March 2021

Department of Health built secret dossiers on children with autism – 26 March 2021

Board of Directors – Autism Speaks

Adam Harris

This Much I Know: Adam Harris – 3 Oct 2020

Adam Harris – July 2020

Appointment of Chairperson and Directors to the board of the Middletown Centre for Autism (MCA) – 02 April, 2021

Adam Harris Appointed To HSE Programme Board – 17 Jan 2020

Health Minister Simon Harris’ brother Adam reveals the reality of education, work and dating for autistic people – 12 July 2018

Simon Harris and Censorship

Social media companies agree to liase with Department of Health on tackling anti-vaccine misinformation – aka censorship – 25 Nov 2021

Simon Harris to meet social media companies in a bid to make them do more to debunk vaccine myths – 27 Aug 2019

Simon Harris on Vaccines – Big Pharma

Simon Harris – “I do feel very strongly about it, I do think there’s something irresponsible, and that is against the public good sending an unvaccinated child to a public school or to a crèche or into a public place where they can make other children sick – particularly young babies who are too young to get vaccinated.”

Simon’s sister Gemma works for Uni Phar….. since April 2020

Ireland – 2-tier society especially when it comes to health

Health stores angry at VAT crackdown on food supplements – 19 Nov 2018

And WHY would a CARING government or a CARING Minister for Health, Simon Harris and a CARING Minister for Finance Paschal Donoghue think it is right to raise the cost of vital vitamins?  – Minister Paschal Donoghue defends VAT hike on food supplements – 23 Jan 2019

The rich would not be affected, once again just a blow to the lower income earners in the area of health. Tax change could mean €6 rise in cost of food supplements – 20 July 2019.

Simon Harris – Minister for Health from 2016 to 2020 – Cervical Cancer

HSE and labs commit to mediation talks with dying Kerry woman in CervicalCheck case – 15 Feb 2021

CervicalCheck Scandal: Joan Lucey, a nurse from Dingle with terminal cancer begs HSE for mediation talks before she dies – 15 Feb 2021

Tony Holohan offers sympathy but no apology to women affected by CervicalCheck controversy – VIDEO – 4 Feb 2021

Taoiseach to ‘further engage’ on CervicalCheck tribunal after campaigners quit talks – 22 Nov 2020

CervicalCheck Tribunal is just as ‘adversarial’ and offers ‘no advantage’ over High Court, says Vicky Phelan – 22 Nov 2020

CervicalCheck support group tells government ‘time is up’ to discuss proposed tribunal – 18 Nov 2020

Shocking cancer scandal that was brought to light by brave victims – 21 July 2020

‘It’s too late for an apology’ as Ruth Morrissey loses cancer battle – 20 July 2020

Minister Simon Harris met Facebook, Twitter, and Google to discuss measures to combat the problem – 25 Nov 2019

Facebook insists pages punished for promoting vaccine misinformation – 12 Sept 2019

Harris says social media companies should ban accounts that spread misinformation about vaccines – 10 Sept 2019

Irish Supreme Court upholds win for woman (Ruth Morrissey) whose cervical cancer was missed – 24 March 2020

The CervicalCheck Scandal – A Legal Analysis

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health.  Opening Statement Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health – 18 dec 2019

UK doctors’ review of CervicalCheck scandal finds 159 ‘missed opportunities’ to prevent or diagnose cancer in some Irish women – 3 Dec 2019

Simon Harris ‘not sure actually’ if deceit over Cervical Check scandal was deliberate – 23 Oct 2019

Cervical Check: Leo Varadkar offers state apology to 1,000 women – 22 Oct 2019

A scandal over cervical checks is a sign of a bigger problem in Ireland – 5 Oct 2019

There are calls on the Department of Health to explain how it treated a Cervical Check patient advocate Lorraine Walsh. – 23 Aug 2019

Women affected by cervical cancer scandal to receive 20,000 euro payments – 18 June 2019

Court cases, a smear test backlog and now an ‘IT issue’ – 15 months of the CervicalCheck scandal – 17 June 2019

Top medic Tony Holohan advised against Cervical Check review – 11 April 2019

Irish smear scandal: 86,000-plus awaiting repeat test results – 18 Oct 2018

Woman (Emma Mhic Mhathuna) Gets $8.74M in Irish Cervical Cancer Screening Scandal – 3 July 2018

State’s chief medical officer knew of Cervical Check ‘damning memo’ in 2016 – 16 May 2018

Cervical Check scandal: What is it all about? – 1 May 2018


Vera Twomey is a mother of four who came to national and international prominence when she highlighted the need for immediate access to medical cannabis for her daughter Ava Barry.

Vera’s journey has taken her to The House of Commons and European Parliment as well as The Dail and she is regularly invited to tell her inspirational story at conferences and events in Ireland and abroad.

Her determination struck a chord with the general public in Ireland and there was an outcry of support for this remarkable woman. Vera Twomey represents the absolute essence of a mother’s love for her child. The lengths that she went to to secure the only medication proven to help her daughter, inspired a nation.

Medical Marijuana in Ireland: What You Need to Know

Medical Cannabis Access Programme – 2021

The link to Vera’s 2020  interview would be of good help for those wanting to apply for a licence for medical cannabis as they had a good chat about the process on Clare FM

Vera Twomey: Medicinal cannabis changes will give ‘some peace’ to patients – 14 Dec 2020

Cork mum Vera Twomey pleads with authorities to help get Ava’s medicine – 16 March 2020

VERA TWOMEY – 17 Aug 2019

Tyrant Varadkar Blocks Medicinal Cannabis And 54 Other Bills – 24 June 2019

Medical Cannabis Access Programme – 2019

Medicinal cannabis campaigner Vera Twomey says daughter Ava (8) is now pharmaceutical free – 27 Aug 2018

‘We’re so grateful’ – Vera Twomey reveals daughter Ava’s medical cannabis to be paid for by the State – 9 April 2018

Vera Twomey tells 3news how her daughter’s seizures have improved – 15 Sept 2017

Irish Government Blocks Medical Cannabis Bill – 12 Sept 2017

Vera Twomey stopped at Dublin Airport attempting to bring medicinal cannabis into the country – 21 April 2017

Vera Twomey/ Ava Barry Campaign – 28 Feb 2017

Simon Harris pledges to take action on medicinal cannabis – 9 Nov 2016

Simon Harris on Abortion

The curious case of Simon Harris – 6 Dec 2016

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