Emma Mhic Mhathúna on RTÉ 1’s The Late Late Show earlier this year

Emma Mhic Mhathúna, one of the women at the centre of the cervical cancer controversy, has died in Co Kerry.

Ms Mhic Mhathúna was one of the most public figures in the CervicalCheck crisis.

Aged 37, from Kerry and with five children, she developed terminal cancer.

In May, she settled her case against the HSE and the US laboratory, Quest Diagnostics for €7.5 million.

Emma Mhic Mhathúna dies aged 37 (RTÉ)

33 thoughts on “Emma

  1. Walter Ego

    Rest in Peace Emma. Your fight will go on.
    “There will come a day in Ireland where people just get fed up and stone Leinster House.
    There’s a few million of us…..” – Emma-Mhic-Mhathuna

  2. millie st murderlark

    That poor woman. Heart breaks for her family – for the young children left behind. RIP Emma.

    There are no words to make it better for them and no amount of money either.

        1. millie st murderlark

          He is capable of compassion you know, even if his views differ from yours.

          It’s not about who is right and who is wrong, but about women like Emma and their families.

          1. Yep

            Maybe I read his use of particular words incorrectly due to past comments regarding some settlements. Maybe I didn’t.

            No disrespect intended to Emma, her family or anyone impacted. Apologies.

          2. millie st murderlark

            I think it’s a case of crossed wires then. I didn’t read his comment like that, and as a result read yours incorrectly too.

            I didn’t mean to sound preachy or sanctimonious. I just think we should that a measure of respect should be shown today. We can resume the usual back and forth tomorrow.

  3. Dub Spot

    An outstanding mother, a fighter, beacon for others. RIP. Shocking. What can you do or say, it’s so depressing on a personal level, but resolve to try and ensure this kind of error with a diagnosis doesn’t happen again. Hug the kids tight.

    1. Shayna

      Nicely put, Dub Spot. My mum (RIP) was a midwife for 20 years in Tyrone, she lost mothers in child-birth, 2, out of at least a thousand, maybe more. I’m so sorry – she seemed great.

  4. Peter Dempsey

    A sad day. RIP and condolences to her family. Silence on her passing from the Say Nope To The Pope crowd.

  5. Ron

    RIP to a wonderful woman and may her family find some comfort in the outpouring of support for what she stood for in her end days.

    I am sickened to see the tweets from many politicians in this country using her name for political purposes. This state made her fight to the very end. Simon Harris and Leo Varadkar are despicable human beings for what they govern over in this country. The sheer torture they forced these women to go through and then to use her name to cry crocodile tears is stomach churning.

    And the Irish electorate continuously condone all these despicable acts by re electing them. As a nation of citizens we have all let Vicky and her family down. These despicable incompetent individuals only have this power because you choose to give it to them.

  6. SOQ

    A cost cutting exercise by incompetents caused this death and not one of them will be fired or even disciplined. The higher echelons of the civil service consider themselves to the real government yet they will all scutter under the nearest rock when accountability is mentioned.

    May this poor woman’s family, in time, learn to forgive the faceless who let this happen. May her memory become a beacon of light that things can, and will, change.

    Rest In Peace sweetheart.

      1. Giggidygoo

        FG don’t get to choose the time Cian. In case you aren’t aware, Emma wanted FG and the HSE held to account. Let’s hope that’s her legacy and that people like you fail in your quest to stifle people

  7. Marbe

    RIP. My condolances to all her family. Please let us give them the privacy they need to come to terms with the enormous loss of this wonderful woman.

  8. Ian-O

    I truly despair at this. May she find some peace and may one day her family come to some sort of terms at losing her. In the face of such adversity she has shown tremendous grace and courage.

    May we never forget her.

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