Emma Mhic Mhathúna to be laid to rest on Wednesday

Emma Mhic Mhathúna to be laid to rest on Wednesday

Funeral arrangements have been announced for Emma Mhic Mhathúna, who died yesterday at the age of 37.

Ms Mhic Mhathúna was one of the most high-profile figures of the CervicalCheck controversy.

She was one of 221 women with cervical cancer found to have received incorrect results during a clinical audit of past test results by the CervicalCheck screening programme.

Ms Mhic Mhathúna's funeral mass will take place at Carraig Church in Ballydavid, west Kerry, at 11am tomorrow morning.

Her removal will take place at St Mary's Pro Cathedral in Dublin tomorrow afternoon. A mass will take place on Wednesday at 12.45pm.

Ms Mhic Mhathúna will be buried alongside her mother Annette at Laraghbryan Cemetery in Maynooth, Co Kildare.

The mother of five was given a terminal diagnosis of cancer in May this year and said telling her young family of her diagnosis was the hardest thing she ever had to do.

Ms Mhic Mhathúna received two incorrect smear results and said she would have survived if she had been correctly diagnosed.

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

Numerous tributes have been paid to her, with her friend Julie Malone describing her as a "very funny, very courageous woman" who was devoted to her children.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Ms Malone said Emma had a great sense of social justice, and was "in ruthless pursuit of the truth".

"She was just an ordinary mother who loved her children, and was given a death sentence. She worked tirelessly that this would happen to nobody else.

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Source: RTE