‘Women need full and frank an­swers’

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Sinn Féin Coun­cil­lor Chris MacManus has said we can­not live in a so­ci­ety where ter­mi­nally ill women must take to ra­dio and TV to achieve some sense of jus­tice.

“An ethos of true ac­count­abil­ity must be es­tab­lished, and we need to end a cul­ture where con­ceal­ment and self-preser­va­tion out­weigh any sense of com­pas­sion or re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“Manda­tory dis­clo­sure must be a cru­cial el­e­ment of that ac­count­abil­ity.

“It is im­per­a­tive to give women like Emma Ní Mhathúna and Vicky Phe­lan full and frank an­swers as to why they were failed by both the HSE and the State.

“We must also work to re­build public con­fi­dence in the cer­vi­cal screen­ing pro­gramme. This process saves lives.

“We can­not lose sight of that. How­ever, the mis­takes of the past must never be re­peated. Con­ceal­ment and self-preser­va­tion out­weighed any sense of com­pas­sion or re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“At the stroke of a pen, women’s lives were dras­ti­cally short­ened, and they didn’t even know,” he said.

He added: “The gov­ern­ment must do right by the women and fam­i­lies af­fected. They must do right by fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

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