Minister for Health Simon Harris: stands over the decision. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A decision to offer free out-of-cycle smear tests would lead to increased anxiety for women and undermine the CervicalCheck programme, the Department (...)

The Taoiseach said 112,000 women consulted their GPs about a second test but only 57,800 took a second test. Photograph: iStock

Only half of the women who consulted their GPs about a repeat smear test in the CervicalCheck cancer screening controversy went ahead and took a secon(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris during a Healthy Ireland Campaign event  at Richmond Barracks, Inchicore, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Health Simon Harris has defended his offer of free repeat smear tests in the wake of last year’s CervicalCheck controversy and described (...)

Prof Gráinne Flannelly: says she warned against the smear test plan and expressed concern labs would not be able to cope, just hours before the plan was announced in April 2018. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The National Screening Service raised concerns about proposals to offer women free out-of-cycle smears on the day Minister for Health Simon Harris ann(...)

 Minister for Health, Simon Harris: A spokeswoman for Mr Harris said he would appear before the Oireachtas Committee on Health in the coming days. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Pressure is growing on Minister for Health Simon Harris to correct the record of the Dáil after he said neither he nor his officials were warned not t(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin  demanded that Simon Harris correct the record of the House over his claims that neither he nor his officials had been advised against offering repeat smear tests. File photograph: Eric Luke

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has accused the Taoiseach and Minister for Health of being “in denial” about claims that Simon Harris had been advis(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Stephen  Donnelly told the Oireachtas health committee the information from Dr Grainne Flannelly suggested Minister for Health Simon Harris had misled the Dáil for a second time. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Health Simon Harris has been accused of misleading the Dáil over his claim he received no contrary advice before offering free out-of-cyc(...)

Dr Gráinne Flannelly:  says she warned officials, in the hours before the Government announced the plan, that it would have consequences. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA

The former clinical director of CervicalCheck has said the Government decided to offer women free out-of-cycle smear tests despite concerns raised by (...)

The HSE report found that almost half of the 221 group were women in their thirties, while 30 per cent were in their forties. Photograph: iStock

Most of the 221 women caught up in the cervical cancer screening controversy are now free of the disease though they may continue to experience side-e(...)

The remains of Emma Mhic Mhathúna pass Government Buildings on Merrion Street, Dublin following her funeral Mass on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The number of women affected by the CervicalCheck scandal is likely to increase beyond the 221 women currently identified by the Health Service Execut(...)

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