Vicky Phelan says she will fight to stay alive for the rest of her life

Vicky Phelan says she will fight to stay alive for the rest of her life
Vicky Phelan.

Update 12.30pm: Vicky Phelan says she will fight to stay alive for the rest of her life.

Ms Phelan will meet with the Taoiseach this afternoon.
Ms Phelan will meet with the Taoiseach this afternoon.

The Limerick mother says she is deeply disturbed by the lack of empathy being shown towards women caught up in the Cervical Check scandal.

In a post on Twitter, she says she has been condemned by some people for 'bringing down the cervical screening programme' - and says she's angry and upset.

Ms Phelan will meet with the Taoiseach this afternoon - earlier this week she called on Leo Varadkar to take control of the situation - which he admits does not always happen.

He said: "I would love to say I did and whatever criticisms this Government may get about this we are really doing our best here and we are really trying to do what is right and that is caring for the woman and their families and getting to the truth about what happened."

Earlier:

Vicky Phelan 'deeply disturbed by the lack of empathy' taking a break from CervicalCheck campaigning

Vicky Phelan has announced she is taking a break from campaigning on the CervicalCheck scandal after today.

In a message posted on Twitter, she said she was "deeply disturbed by the lack of empathy in some quarters" towards her and other women affected by the scandal.

She says she has faced criticism from some people for 'bringing down the cervical screening programme'.

The Taoiseach is due to meet Ms Phelan later.

It is after Leo Varadkar was forced to row back on a promise that no woman caught up in the scandal would have to go to court.

The Taoiseach says he hopes the Limerick woman will give him advice on what still needs to happen.

He said:

Trying to have a system of redress and compensation that avoids women having to take the stand in court, restoring confidence in our cervical cancer screening programme and making sure we get the truth and the facts which we still don't have months later.

"I feel very sorry for the women and families affected. I have apologised on behalf of the State for the fact that the audit was done the way it was done, that women weren't told about it, all of those things were wrong."

- Digital Desk

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