The HSE will reimburse the cost of medicinal cannabis sourced in the Netherlands by a Cork mother for the treatment of her eight-year-old daughter's Dravet's Syndrome.

A spokesperson for Health Minister Simon Harris said the HSE contacted Vera Twomey yesterday to confirm arrangements to cover the cost and that the Minister contacted her 'to express his hope that this good news would be of assistance'. 

On Thursday, the mother of four appealed to the Health Minister to cover the cost of the medication under the Long Term Illness Scheme saying the family couldn't continue to pay up to €5,000 every three months for the medicinal cannabis.

After a long campaign, Ms Twomey was granted a license last December to import the medications CBD & THC from the Netherlands to treat her daughter Ava for the severe form of epilepsy.   

Ms Twomey told RTE her family "feel so thrilled, so happy, and so elated. 

"This is the beginning of something fresh, we haven't had relief like this for three years.  It was the final hurdle to secure proper medication for Ava, and it has now been secured into the future. 

"I couldn't have achieved this on my own, it was done with the support of thousands of people in Ireland."

She said she received a call from the HSE yesterday afternoon telling her that they were now in a position to reimburse the costs of the medication since December and cover its cost in the future.