‘The Government are not actually capable of minding us’

Inside Politics: radio interview with terminally ill woman adds further tragic layer to screening scandal

‘And then I looked to Simon Harris. I was thinking: well, surely the Minister for Health is going to step in and do something.’ Photograph: The Irish Times

‘And then I looked to Simon Harris. I was thinking: well, surely the Minister for Health is going to step in and do something.’ Photograph: The Irish Times

The Morning Ireland interview with Emma Mhic Mhathúna was one of those arresting moments in broadcasting and Irish public life that was weighted with heartbreak and significance.

The mistakes that led to the 37-year-old mother of five developing terminal cancer - and facing the unimaginable prospect of her infant not remembering her - are almost unforgivable.

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