Thursday 15 November 2018

Victims who were treated like a mere PR problem

Clearly it was felt in the HSE that emotional women could not be trusted with the truth, says Brendan O'Connor

CERVICAL CHECK SCANDAL: Terminally ill Emma Mhic Mhathuna, pictured near her home in Ballydavid in West Kerry, last Thursday. Photo: Don MacMonagle
CERVICAL CHECK SCANDAL: Terminally ill Emma Mhic Mhathuna, pictured near her home in Ballydavid in West Kerry, last Thursday. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Well, they got their headlines. The thing they worried most about, the HSE got in spades.

Walking into work last Thursday morning it was easy to see the people who were listening to Emma Mhic Mhathuna through their headphones. Some people just looked a bit shocked or upset.

Some women walking along to work actually had tears rolling down their faces. Kurt Vonnegut said the truth is powerful stuff, because people aren't expecting it. And this was certainly a dose of hardcore truth and reality to be hit with on a Thursday morning.

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