‘The fight must go on’ - Emma

‘Stand­ing for Women’ Rally in red in Square

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By SI­MON BROUDER

TER­MI­NAL can­cer pa­tient, Emma Mhic Mhathuna has urged the vic­tims of the Cer­vi­cal Check scan­dal to fight on and en­sure every­one af­fected by the smear test cri­sis gets jus­tice.

The Bal­ly­david res­i­dent and mother-of-five – who is ter­mi­nally ill, fol­low­ing er­rors in the Cer­vi­calCheck sys­tem – made the com­ments at a rally, or­gan­ised to sup­port women af­fected by Cer­vi­cal Check, in Tralee Town Square on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

The rally was or­gan­ised by the ‘Stand­ing For Women’ cam­paign group with peo­ple at­tend­ing en­cour­aged to wear red to show their sup­port for the cause.

Around 100 peo­ple were at the rally where Ms Mhic Mhathúna said the re­view of tests needs to be redi­rected.

Ms Mhic Mhathúna said it feels as though the re­view to date has been more fo­cussed on con­fronting af­fected women than in find­ing out how the sit­u­a­tion arose and who is re­spon­si­ble.

“So just keep stick­ing to­gether and fight­ing for your rights and we’ll get the bot­tom of it even­tu­ally. Don’t let this story die down,” she said.

Fol­low­ing the news that none of the 3,000 smear tests be­ing re­viewed as a con­se­quence of the Cer­vi­calCheck scan­dal have yet been car­ried out Ms MhicMhathúna has asked if the smears could be re­viewed by vol­un­teers, go­ing so far as to reach out to cy­totech­nol­o­gists on­line.

“Can any cy­tol­o­gists, who can do some work, PM me. We need to get the 3,000 slides done ASAP, there’s no point wait­ing for Cer­vi­cal Check – we need to set this up our­selves,” she wrote on Face­book.

“Th­ese ladies need the smears done now. I also need use of a lab if any univer­sity can let us use theirs un­til term re­sumes. Come on board. If any­one knows a lab for rent let me know also time for talk­ing is over,” she said.

Sinn Féin Cllr Toireasa Fer­ris – who at­tended Satur­day’s rally in Tralee – called on peo­ple to sup­port the many women af­fected by the scan­dal.

“Stand­ing for Women are look­ing for manda­tory open dis­clo­sure to be en­acted im­me­di­ately.” said Cllr Fer­ris.

“Let’s show the gov­ern­ment that th­ese women are more than a num­ber.” Cllr Fer­ris said.

Emma Mhic Mhathúna with her daugh­ter Natasha.

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