Dáil Éireann - Volume 118 - 01 December, 1949
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Sale of Poisons.
Mr. C. Lehane Mr. C. Lehane
Mr. C. Lehane asked the Minister for Health whether he is aware that there is a considerable body of opinion amongst those engaged in the pharmaceutical profession that steps should be taken to tighten up the regulations governing the sale of poisons such as strychnine; and, if so, whether he proposes to take any steps in the matter.
Mr. MacBride Mr. MacBride
Mr. MacBride: I am aware of the unsatisfactory position regarding the sale of poisons such as strychnine.
This matter is governed by the Sale of Poisons (Ireland) Act, 1870. Under the Act it is unlawful to sell strychnine to any person unknown to the seller unless such a person is introduced by some person known to the seller. This restriction does not apply to preparations or admixtures or other substances containing any percentage of strychnine.
I have received a resolution passed by the Royal College of Physicians under the Act declaring that such preparations shall be deemed to be poisons within the meaning of the Sale of Poisons (Ireland) Act, 1870. I propose to consult further with the Royal College of Physicians on this matter and to recommend to the Government at an early date that an Order should be made applying the provisions of the Act to such preparations.
I propose also to consider the necessity for amending legislation to control the sale of poisons generally.
Mr. P.D. Lehane Mr. P.D. Lehane
Mr. P.D. Lehane: With your permission, Sir, I desire to raise the subject matter of Question No. 18 on the Adjournment.
Mr. Flanagan Mr. Flanagan
Mr. Flanagan: I intended raising Question No. 11 but, in view of the fact that Deputy Lehane has risen, will you favourably consider permitting me to raise it next Wednesday?
An Ceann Comhairle Frank Fahy
 An Ceann Comhairle: If the Deputy gives notice to the House on Wednesday, he may get in. He must give fresh notice.
Dáil Éireann 118 Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. Sale of Poisons.