Monday 26 September 2016

Mum refuses to drop challenge on vaccine

Tim Healy

Published 04/03/2016 | 02:30

Fiona Kirby, of Kilbeggan, Co Westmeath, pictured with supporters outside the Four Courts after her High Court action was adjourned. Photo: Collins Courts
Fiona Kirby, of Kilbeggan, Co Westmeath, pictured with supporters outside the Four Courts after her High Court action was adjourned. Photo: Collins Courts

A mother who claims her daughter suffered "horrendous" adverse consequences after being given the human pappilomavirus vaccine (HPV) is pressing ahead with her High Court challenge.

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Fiona Kirby, a nurse from Kilbeggan, Co Westmeath, has brought proceedings seeking orders requiring the Health Products Regulatory Authority to withdraw the vaccine, which is given to prevent cervical cancer.

Ms Kirby, who was flanked by supporters as she appeared at Dublin's High Court, claims her daughter suffered "horrendous" adverse consequences after being given it.

However, the court has been asked to dismiss the case by the Health Products Regulatory Authority.

The vaccine, known by its trade name Gardasil, has been offered to school girls since May 2010.

A support group called REGRET (Reaction and Effects of Gardasil Resulting in Extreme Trauma) is supporting Ms Kirby's action.

Lawyers for the authority asked Mr Justice Tony O'Connor to fix a date to hear its application to have the case dismissed. The judge adjourned the matter to that date.

The court heard the group were taking legal and medical advice and hoped to bring a report from a US-based neurologist when the case comes to hearing.

The authority denies the claims.

Mr Justice O'Connor set March 15 for the hearing of the application to dismiss.

He previously refused an injunction seeking its immediate withdrawal pending the full action.

Irish Independent

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