Over €16.5 million in compensation was paid in 2014 to people infected with hepatitis C and HIV by contaminated blood products from the Blood Transfusion Service Board more than two decades ago. File photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

More than €16.5 million in compensation was paid in 2014 to people infected with hepatitis C and HIV by contaminated blood products from the Blood Tra(...)

Brian Byrne: ‘I seemed to get an extraordinary number of calls from unknown numbers in the days following the test. Something dreadful landed in the pit of my stomach every time I picked up.’ Photograph: Getty Images

‘If your results are positive, we’ll call you within one to two weeks. If not, you won’t be contacted,” the doctor told me before she took a sa(...)