Noel McCullagh

Noel McCullagh

Noel McCullagh (born 1975)[1] is a journalist and historian living in the Netherlands.[2][3][4]

McCullagh began his career in 2000 as a newsreader with OOG (Omroep organisatie Groningen in the Netherlands.[5] In 2006, he was appointed coordinator of the English-language newsdesk at in Amsterdam, having worked as a reporter and newscaster. He is a member of the Nederlandse Vereniging van Journalisten (NVJ), International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).[1]

In August 2006 McCullagh was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Physicians treating the symptoms of the neurological, chronic condition prescribe Bediol and Bedrocan. Despite the success of his medical treatment, however, he has been informed by Irish government-ministry officials that he will be arrested if he makes any attempt to enter the Republic of Ireland carrying the medicines prescribed in the treatment of his condition.[1][6][7]

He and attorneys acting on his behalf submitted a complaint to the European Commission on 12 June 2008,[8] stating that the threat to arrest McCullagh in Ireland if he is carrying these prescribed medicines is not compatible with the law of the European Union.

In May 2009 McCullagh was nominated to stand as an independent candidate in the European Parliament elections by statutory declaration of registered electors[9] in the North–West constituency. He did not leave the Netherlands during the European Parliament election campaigns held that month.

On 2 October 2009, despite threats of arrest from ministry officials in Dublin, he visited Galway to vote in Ireland's (second) referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, held during the annual Ballinasloe October Horse Fair.[10]

In December of 2009 he was invited to address the European Parliament's Committee on Petitions[11] on the day that a members' discussion on the petition of 16 April 2008[12] was scheduled on the committee's agenda.[13] A fortnight following the debate at the European Parliament Committee on Petitions' meeting, the UK Home Office wrote to the petitioner a letter on 14 December 2009[14] clarifying the application of EU Police and Security co-operative measures in the UK jurisdiction.[15][16][17]


  1. ^ a b c Whelan, John (16 August 2009). "'Exiled' MS patient risks arrest". The Irish Independent. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Koninklijk Huisarchief". Google Docs. July 27, 2006. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Noel McCullagh. "Correspondence of Godard Adriaan van Reede, baron van Amerongen, extraordinary envoy to the Danish court in the service of the States' General of the Dutch Republic, to his son, Godard van Reede, general lieutenant of their majesties of England combined forces at land and at sea in Ireland, 1690-1691". NUIM Library. 
  5. ^ Buitenlandse studenten happy op Eye-radio, Door Merijn Henfling, Foto Elmer Spaaregaren UK Krant Groningen 30 March 2000, Jaargang 29.
  6. ^ MS patient 'forced into exile' by strict Irish cannabis laws Sunday Tribune, May 25, 2008
  7. ^ Amsterdamse Ier naar Commissie om cannabismedicijn TROUW newspaper
  8. ^ 13 June 2008, Complaint to European Commission regarding application of Community law in the Republic of Ireland
  9. ^ European Parliament, How Ireland’s MEP’s are elected
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  12. ^ Petition to the European Parliament of 16 April 2008 entitled 'Justice, Home Affairs and Civil Protection' PETi Committee reference 0590-2008 on carrying prescription medicines in the European Union
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  14. ^ 14 Dec. 2009, Home Office to Petitioner confirming EU Police and Security Co-operation in the UK in accordance with European Union law
  15. ^ 2004/926/EC: Council Decision of 22 December 2004 on the putting into effect of parts of the Schengen acquis by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  16. ^ The Guardian 29 Oct 2010, Home Office gave wrong guidance on import of medicinal cannabis by Mary O'Hara
  17. ^ Irish Star on Sunday 30 Nov 2010, MS-patient takes pot shot at Harney (Irish health & children minister) by Keith Falkiner



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