Thursday 23 January 2020

Terminally ill Emma Mhic Mhathúna to move to Dublin to continue treatment

Emma Mhic Mhathúna. Photo: Collins Courts
Emma Mhic Mhathúna. Photo: Collins Courts
Emma Mhic Mhathúna. Picture: Collins
Emma Mhic Mhathúna, one of the women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy, and her daughter Natasha (15) at an open-air talk held in Tralee in support of victims of the cancer scandal. Photo: Domnick Walsh
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Emma Mhic Mhathuna, from Baile na nGall, Co. Kerry pictured with her solicitor, Cian O Carroll outside the Four Courts - after the settlement of a High Court action. Photo: Collins Courts

Tim Healy

Kerry mother Emma Mhic Mhathuna, who has terminal cancer, is to move near Dublin where she is receiving medical treatment, the High Court heard today.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross directed that a further €650,000 be released to the 37-year-old mother of five so she has a fund of €1.75million to buy a house near the capital.

Her counsel Parrick Treacy told the court it had been originally thought Ms Mhic Mhathuna would buy a house in Kerry but she is now receiving excellent treatment in Dublin.

He also said that a house that they had been intending to purchase in Kerry turned out not to be suitable. The family he said had been on holiday in Morocco since the settlement of her case.

The remaining funds of the €7.5million settlement will stay in court for the benefit of Ms Mhic Mhathuna’s children.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross directed the pay out.

Ms Mhic Mhathuna and her five children, who sued over CervicalCheck smears, in June settled their legal action for €7.5million.

Liability was also admitted in the case by the HSE and US laboratory Quest Diagnostics Incorporated.

Letters of apology from the HSE and Quest were also be sent to Ms MhicMhathuna.

The admission of liability by the HSE related to failing to disclose the findings of cervical cancer. Quest Diagnostics admitted misreading her two cervical smear slides in 2010  and 2013.

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