Govt lambasted for scrapping cervical-cancer plan

The Government is coming in for major criticism over the scrapping of plans to introduce a cervical cancer vaccine for young girls

Health Minister Mary Harney announced in August that the vaccine would be given to all schoolgirls between the ages of 10 and 12.

However, the plan has now been shelved as part of budget cutbacks aimed at reining in the massive deficit in the public finances.

Fine Gael has accused Ms Harney of trying to hide the decision by announcing it on the same day as the US presidential election.

Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore, meanwhile, attempted to raise the matter in the Dáil this morning, but was ruled out of order by the Ceann Comhairle.

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