A Government decision to fund lifesaving cancer drugs for the 221 women caught up in the CervicalCheck controversy while withholding it from other women with the disease will ‘explode in everyone’s face’, according to Labour TD Alan Kelly. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A Government decision to fund lifesaving cancer drugs for the 221 women caught up in the CervicalCheck controversy while withholding it from other wom(...)

A cervical cancer cell. Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy said a High Court case is to be taken to force the release of CervicalCheck smear test slides to women.

A High Court case is to be taken to force the release of CervicalCheck smear test slides to women who sought them more than six months ago, the Dáil h(...)

File image of Julie O’Reilly, whose case ‘highlights the unanswered questions surrounding the CervicalCheck controversy’.

A proper investigation is needed into why errors were made in the reading of the smear tests of the women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy, a(...)

Dr Gabriel Scally, who carried out the scoping inquiry into the controversy, has issued a clarification. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fewer additional women may be caught up in the CervicalCheck controversy than was previously thought after the HSE clarified the criteria it used for (...)

“She said to me once, ‘What if we hadn’t made the decision to come back to Ireland in 2007 – would things have been different?’,” says Tony O’Reilly of his late wife Julie, above

Twenty women caught up in the controversy over the CervicalCheck cancer screening programme have so far died. Some of them have become well-known, not(...)

Julie O’Reilly, who died on October 6th, 18 months after being diagnosed with cancer, had five tests under the CervicalCheck screen programme.

A 60-year-old woman died last month of complications of cancer after four successive smear tests carried out under the CervicalCheck programme missed (...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris, whom former HSE chief executive Tony O’Brien accused of being “a frightened little boy” who “runs scared of headlines”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tony O’Brien chooses his words carefully, wrote Susan Mitchell in that four-page interview published last weekend. It was immediately before she repor(...)

A cervical cancer cell.  Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy said contracts two laboratories had provided for the HSE to retrieve smear test slide results within three days.

Women caught up in the CervicalCheck scandal have not received slides of their smear tests despite having requested them six months ago, the Dáil has (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended the Minister for Health Simon Harris and said the HSE’s practice of passing its problems onto the Department of Health needs to change.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended the Minister for Health Simon Harris and said the HSE’s practice of passing its problems onto the Department of He(...)

HPV vaccination prevents seven out of 10 cervical cancers and works best when given at the age of 12 to 13 years. Photograph: iStock

Screening for cervical cancer is a complex area and the Scally report (Dr Gabriel Scally’s scoping inquiry was published in September) highlights thes(...)

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