Philomena Canning, the independent midwife who had been battling ovarian cancer, has died.
Ms Canning had earlier this month settled a High Court action with the HSE after suing them for the wrongful suspension of her licence to practice in 2014 which she says ultimately forced her out of midwifery.
She settled the case so she could access funds to pay for the anti-cancer drug, Pembro.
“This is a day of vindication for me – the first day in almost four-and-a-half years where I have woken without a shadow over me; the shadow of having been wronged," she told the Irish Examiner at the time.
"I have the peace of mind I longed for.”
Since news broke of her death, tributes have been pouring in.
"So saddened to hear of the death of Philomena Canning - campaigner, activist and strong advocate for women’s healthcare. Rest in peace," tweeted the National Women's Council of Ireland.
So saddened to hear of the death of Philomena Canning - campaigner, activist and strong advocate for women’s healthcare. Rest in peace. https://t.co/1qVMDBqgX2— Womenscouncilireland (@NWCI) March 23, 2019
R.I.P. Sarah Philomena Canning
Midwife, warrior, queen
We will hold you forever in our hearts and cherish the gifts you gave us.— Canning Campaign (@CanningCampaign) March 23, 2019
On behalf of Ireland's midwives and nurses, we send our deepest condolences to the friends and family of the inspirational midwife, Philomena Canning. RIP.— Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation (@INMO_IRL) March 23, 2019
So sad to hear this. Philomena Canning was a pioneer woman who helped so many have happy, empowered birthing experiences at home - including dear friends of mine - and would have helped so many more had she not been cruelly targeted. You did so much Philomena. We won’t forget x https://t.co/92KPKIfFye— Roisin Ingle (@roisiningle) March 23, 2019