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‘Another brave momma leaves this world’

Wednesday, 10th October, 2018 5:09pm

Emma Mhic Mhathúna, one of the women at the centre of the CervicalCheck scandal, was laid to rest yesterday afternoon.

The mother of five, who had been living in the Gaeltacht area of West Kerry, died on Sunday at the age of 37. She was buried along side her late mother in Kildare.

Emma was one of 221 women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy. She was diagnosed with terminal cancer after two misread smear tests in 2010 and 2013.

A book of condolence was opened on Tuesday in City Hall for her and other victims of cervical cancer on Tuesday. The opening of it coincided with Emma's funeral mass and it will stay open until 23 October for the public to sign.

Carrigaline man Stephen Teap, whose wife also lost her life to cervical cancer, paid tribute to Emma on social media. He said: “Another brave momma leaves this world and gets her wings leaving behind her five lovely children. RIP Emma. Sending love and strength to her children and family.”

Emma was also remembered at a meeting of Cork City Council this week from several parties. Fine Gael Cllr John Buttimer described her as a “strong and courageous” woman while Fianna Fáil’s Mary Shields said that a death like this should never happen again.

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