Government to consider Mr Justice Sheehan’s report on drug possession tomorrow

Government to consider Mr Justice Sheehan's report on drug possession tomorrow

The Government will tomorrow consider a series of recommendations on personal drug possession from an expert group chaired by Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan.

According to the Irish Independent, the group has not recommended decriminalisation but has set out proposals for cautions for those caught with drugs for their own use, as well as a diversion scheme whereby drug users could be directed to health interventions.

Cabinet members including Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan are understood to be strongly opposed to any suggestion of decriminalising the possession of drugs for personal use.

Mr Flanagan is also expected to bring separate proposals to Cabinet tomorrow to set up a working group to examine the need for new legislation to crack down on people grooming children in relation to drug crime.

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