Monthly Archives: June 2008

Friendly Rottweiler who Snaps at Heels of Authority

Author Paddy Doyle has found a drug which relieves the symptoms of his incurable medical condition but his fight to use it has brought him into conflict with the law, reports Roisin Ingle.

Paddy Doyle is stretched on the floor in his Dublin office espousing the medicinal merits of the drug marijuana. The sleeve of his best-selling autobiography, The God Squad, is pinned to the wall.

Paddy Not Smoking

Paddy Not Smoking

Paddy not smoking for a very long time

Paddy not smoking for a very long time

Paddy smoking...

Paddy smoking…

Paddy after a smoke

Paddy after a smoke

Beside it hangs a droll Oscar Wilde quotation: “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.” This week, Doyle found himself in the eye of a media storm that was sensational even by Wildean standards. His widely-publicised appeal to be allowed to use marijuana to ease his often violent spasms, one of the symptoms of his incurable medical condition, has added a dimension to what is an increasingly thorny debate.
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