Emma's memory to bloom on in Tralee Town Park

Sinead Kelleher

Plans are underway to develop a garden of remembrance for all woman affected by the cervical cancer scandal, including West Kerry woman Emma Mhic Mhatúna.

The memorial garden was the final wish of Emma Mhic Mhathúna, who wanted it to remember everyone who was affected by the scandal. During a public rally in the town last May, after her own misdiagnoses became known, Emma expressed her desire to create such a garden for all woman.

This dream is now to come true.

Funds will be donated to the project by Emma's family and the proceeds of Emma's stand-up comedy appearance last year, which was of many achievements on her bucket list before she passed away.

Cllr Toireasa Ferris, who has met with Emma's family to discuss the plans, has also said she will donate councillor allocation to the project, and she is confident that other councillors will too.

"This is a significant event in our history so we need to ensure that we have a garden of remembrance for all women affected," she said this week.

"It needs to be a fitting tribute to remember the scandal and the effect it has had and a reminder of what happened."

Council management have agreed to the proposal but no decision has yet been made on the final garden plan. The garden of remembrance will be in the town park, and the public is being asked to provide its suggestions to Cllr Ferris or to the local authority on what they would like to see.