2018

Day of Action 2018

City: Dublin
Organisations: Youth RISE, Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

The Support. Don’t Punish. event for Dublin this year revolved mostly around our interaction with the general public through distributing leaflets, wearing t-shirts, and engaging in conversation with people in one of Dublin City Centre’s most popular parks. Among the attendees were people from a number of different groups such as YouthRISE and Students for Sensible Drug Policy. Gino Kenny TD, an elected politician for the People Before Profit party also attended. Gino has been attempting to pass a bill allowing for the prescription of cannabis for medical use over the last number of years. We focused mostly on two issues when discussing drug policy and the Support. Don’t Punish. Day of Action with members of the public: the decriminalisation of possession of substances for personal use, which has been a topic of much discussion in Irish society in recent years, and the need for drug testing facilities in Irish cities. We were lucky enough to have a quote on some of our leaflets given from Nicole Ryan of “Alex’s Adventure”, which she set up to educate young people about harm reduction ad drug use following the death of her brother in 2016, as well as a number of stats showing how the War on Drugs has failed. We were very well received and got a lot of positive feedback to indicate that there is an increasing appetite for change in relation to Ireland’s drug legislation, coinciding with the overall liberalisation of attitudes in Irish society in recent years.

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City: Galway
Organisations: Students for Sensible Drug Policy

There was a canvas in Galway City to tell people about the campaign and direct them to a public consultation on personal possession happening in Ireland.

The Support. Don’t Punish. event for Dublin this year was relatively small scale, and revolved mostly around our interaction with the general public through distributing leaflets, wearing t-shirts, and engaging in conversation with people in one of Dublin City Centre’s most popular parks. Among the attendees were people from a number of different groups such as ourselves in youthRISE, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, as well as Gino Kenny TD, an elected politician for the People Before Profit party, who has been attempting to pass a bill allowing for the prescription of cannabis for medical use over the last number of years. We focused mostly on two issues when discussing drug policy and the Support. Don’t Punish. day of action with members of the public, the decriminalization of possession of substances for personal use, which has been a topic of much discussion in Irish society in recent years, as well as the need for drug testing facilities in Irish cities. We were lucky enough to have a quote on some of our leaflets given from Nicole Ryan of “Alex’s Adventure”, which she set up to educate young people about harm reduction ad drug use following the death of her brother in 2016, as well as a number of stats showing how the War on Drugs has failed. We were very well received and got a lot of positive feedback to indicate that there is an increasing appetite for change in relation to Ireland’s drug legislation, coinciding with the overall liberalisation of attitudes in Irish society in recent years.


2017

Day of Action 2017

The Union for Improved Services, Communication and Education for People who use Drugs (UISCE) and Recovery through Art, Drama and Education (RADE) teamed up to do a non-permament art-piece on the streets of Dublin. With the art in place, they engaged passing members of the community on the street, asking what they thought about the campaign messages and what the Global Day of Action represented.

Media Coverage:

KBOO, 25 June 2017: #SupportDontPunish

2016

Day of Action 2016

In Dublin, SSDP Ireland, Help Not Harm, Citywide, NORML and International Nurses Society on Addictions organised a media stunt in the city centre, including a fake prison and people dressed in prison uniforms. The objective was to raise awareness of repressive drug policies and their impact on prison overcrowding and health. The event was an opportunity to discuss the urgent need for drug policy reform.

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2015

Day of Action 2015

SSDP Ireland organised events in 11 cities: Dublin, Cork, Dundalk, Cavan, Navan, Athlone, Ennis, Galway, Limerick and Wexford, including public gatherings, press releases, petitions for policy reform, and the release of the local campaign “Eanna Coughlan’’.

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2014

Day of Action 2014

Students for Sensible Drug Policy Ireland coordinated a range of events in Athlone, Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Ennis, Galway, Limerick and Wexford. Activists helped to raise awareness through photos, information stands and public speeches.

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