Thursday 18 October 2018

Ruth Morrissey facing 'significant difficulty' as hearing delayed

Cancer: Ruth Morrissey is faced with a terminal diagnosis. Photo: Collins
Cancer: Ruth Morrissey is faced with a terminal diagnosis. Photo: Collins
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A "significant difficulty" has arisen for Ruth Morrissey, who is faced with a terminal cancer diagnosis because of alleged misreadings of cervical smear tests, a High Court judge was told.

Her counsel, Jeremy Maher SC, said that for this reason he was asking the court for an adjournment of next Tuesday's damages claims by Ms Morrissey and her husband, Paul, against the HSE. The claims are also against Quest Diagnostics Ireland, with offices at Sir John Rogerson's Quay, Dublin, and Medlab Pathology, Sandyford Business Park, Dublin.

Mr Maher told Mr Justice Anthony Barr that "significant difficulty has arisen on the plaintiff's side and for that reason my application to the court is for an adjournment of Tuesday's hearing".

After hearing of last-minute difficulties being faced by counsel for Quest and Medlab, Judge Barr said he would adjourn Ms Morrissey's application for 24 hours. He heard experts would be attending from Australia.

The Morrisseys, of Kylemore, Schoolhouse Road, Monaleen, Co Limerick, claim a failure to correctly interpret, report and diagnose Ruth's smear samples taken in 2009 and 2012.

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