Medicinal marijuana legislation has passed the second stage in the Dail without a vote and is on course to be legalised by Easter next year.

The law would allow doctors to prescribe the plant as a natural pain reliever to people suffering from chronic conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia.

The Health Minister Simon Harris indicated he would not oppose the bill, but suggested that changes should be made before it's published.

The Bill is expected to be supported by a majority of TDs.

 A survey by Rec C found that over 90% of Irish people support the legalisation of the drug on medical grounds.

Irish people took to Twitter to show their support for the Government’s decision, with many using the hashtag #MakeItMedicine.