Leo Varadkar said that sometimes decisions were taken ‘often from the heart rather than the head’. Photograph:  Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has insisted that the decision to offer free smear tests to reassure women in the wake of the CervicalCheck controversy was don(...)

HSE interim director general Anne O’Connor is unable to give a date for the introduction of the new testing service. Photograph: Alan Betson

The introduction of a new, more accurate test for cervical cancer is being delayed by a massive backlog of smear tests, an Oireachtas committee has he(...)

Ruth Morrissey has sued the HSE and two US laboratories over alleged misreading of her cervical smear slides in 2009 and 2012.   File photograph: Collins Courts

There are not enough judges to hear the cases of women suing over alleged misreading of their CervicalCheck smear slides, a High Court judge warned on(...)

 Minister for Health Simon Harris: said he was ‘not in the business of having bets on the floor of the Dáil’.

The scheme to provide ex-gratia payments to the women affected in the CervicalCheck controversy is expected to be “up and running within weeks”, the D(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said: “This is about full transparency and it is about correcting a mistake that shouldn’t have happened.” File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has insisted the Government is not hiding problems in the cervical cancer screening programme controversy. He said details abo(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the offer of free smear tests ended in December. File photograph: Getty Images

The delay in providing women with smear test results has risen to 22 weeks, prompting claims the CervicalCheck screening programme is in jeopardy. As(...)

Vicky Phelan from the CervicalCheck Patient Support Group and journalist Martina Fitzgerald at the National Women’s Council of Ireland’s FemFest conference in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Tom Honan

Nine months after the CervicalCheck controversy erupted in the wake of Vicky Phelan’s High Court case over a missed cancer diagnosis, frustration over(...)

Orla Church, one of the women at the centre of the cervical screening controversy has died just days after her case returned to the High Court. Photograph RTÉ Liveline Callback

One of the women at the centre of the cervical screening controversy has died just days after her case returned to the High Court. Orla Church (55), (...)

Mediation talks will take place on Friday between the legal teams representing Orla Church and the HSE and US laboratory Quest Diagnostics.  The defendants have denied the claims. Photograph: Getty Images

A 55-year-old Dublin woman with cancer who has sued over alleged misinterpretation of her CervicalCheck smears has agreed to enter mediation talks. (...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris said more than 1,000 women who had cervical cancer had now signed up to a review of their slides by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in the UK. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government has to do “a lot more” in relation to cervical cancer patients, the Minister for Health Simon Harris has said. Mr Harris has also def(...)

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