This cheapening of lives must stop. The deaths of these women must not be in vain
Emma Mhic Mhathúna was looking forward to making her children's dreams come true by bringing them to the 'Late Late Toy Show' in December. Instead they're living their worst nightmare watching their mother being buried this week - condemned to death after receiving two incorrect smear test results.
When we heard the news of her death, we stopped what we were doing and shed a tear for her, for her children, for the fact that she'll never see them again. Despite a grand payout from Quest CervicalCheck services and the HSE, the €7.5m will never fill the void of a lost parent. A mother doesn't have a price.
But now that Emma is gone, and eloquent words have been spoken about her across media and Government ministries, her legacy must ensure appropriate measures will be taken across the Department of Health so that no more women have to suffer like she did.