Sunday 22 September 2019

Terminally ill Ruth hits out at Taoiseach over cervical court case

Ruth Morrissey. Photo: Collins Courts
Ruth Morrissey. Photo: Collins Courts
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Terminally ill Ruth Morrissey, who successfully sued over her CervicalCheck smear tests, has hit out at the Taoiseach for failing to ensure women wouldn't have to face the trauma of court.

The mother-of-one was awarded a total of €2.16m by the High Court in a landmark action - but now faces a potential appeal by one of the laboratories involved.

She won her case against the HSE and two US labs in relation to the testing of her cervical smear slides in what was the first fully contested action relating to the CervicalCheck controversy. Mr Justice Kevin Cross said the Limerick woman's life had been ruined.

Ms Morrissey said she wanted to spend whatever quality time she has left with her husband Paul and daughter Libby. "What can I say, I did not think I'd be in this position because our Taoiseach told us none of us would have to go through this, but unfortunately I am the one who had to do it," she added.

Irish Independent

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