High-profile victim of major cancer screening scandal dies aged 37

10 Octobre, 2018, 15:45 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • Emma Mhic Mhathúna and her children meet President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina in Co Kerry

The 37 year old is survived by her five children.

There have been 221 women in Ireland affected by the cervical cancer scandal.

The HSE has expressed its deepest condolences with the family of Emma Mhic Mhathúna.

Quest admitted to misreading two cervical smear tests in 2010 and 2013.

In a moving recent interview with Irish broadcaster RTE, she recalled having to tell her children her illness was terminal and said she was anxious her youngest, aged two, would grow up not remembering her.

"Sending love and strength to her children and family".

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Leo Varadkar led tributes to Ms Mhic Mhathúna and praised her bravery in bringing her case to light.

"However, Emma will also be remembered as someone who fought for social justice in an exceptionally selfless way during times of great personal challenge", the statement said.

Vicky Phelan, whose High Court settlement last April originally exposed the non-disclosure of incorrect smear tests, described Ms Mhic Mhathúna as a formidable woman who had a huge impact.

The Health Service Executive says Ms Mhic Mhathúna's advocacy has been central to setting up the Scally Review; and say the 50 recommendations will undoubtedly improve the quality of screening programmes.

A funeral mass will take place in Kerry tomorrow, while there will be another memorial in Dublin on Wednesday ahead of her burial.

The mother-of-five from Co Kerry's death was announced on Sunday.

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