Emma Ní Mhathúna was diagnosed with second stage cervical cancer in 2016
“I shouldn’t even have had cancer and now I’m dying,” she said.
Ms Mhic Mhathúna was told in 2013 that her smear test was normal.
However, three years later in 2016, following a routine smear test, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer.
A HSE audit of her 2013 result showed that the first indications of cancer were already there.
Yesterday her GP broke the terrible news to her that a chest X-ray showed the cancer has returned, and this time it is terminal.
She believes that, had the pre-cancerous cells that were present in 2013 been identified at the time, she would not have gone on to develop cervical cancer – and ultimately this latest cancer which will now claim her life and leave her five young children without their mother
“A chest X-ray picked it up and it’s everywhere,” said Ms Mhic Mhathúna.
“With cervical cancer, when it comes back, it can appear anywhere.
“Women in Ireland are dead and dying and he seems to be taking a passive role in it altogether.
“No one seems to be doing enough. The only one I trust is Mary Lou McDonald, she’s challenging the Government for answers,” she added.
The Sinn Féin leader raised Ms Mhic Mhathúna’s case in the Dáil yesterday. She again called for Tony O’Brien to be sacked as director general of the HSE, arguing the public and even some ministers no longer have confidence in him.
Neither does Ms Mhic Mhathúna, who also believes it’s time for Mr O’Brien to either resign or be sacked.
“I read somewhere it would cost too much money to sack Tony O’Brien.
“If you went into work and caused somebody to be injured and to possibly die, you’d be shown the door.
“Why aren’t they protecting the general public first?” she asked.
Ms Mhic Mhathúna appeared in a HSE promotional video alongside her daughter last year encouraging a greater uptake of the HPV vaccine.
However, given that she only learned of the false negative smear test result five years late, she feels sickened.
She previously said: “I feel like the joke is on me because I went and tried to help CervicalCheck by making sure I [said] in the HPV ad that the smear picked up my cells.”