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Cllr Conor Keelan / ‘Ruth was treated shamefully by the state’

Ruth Morrissey and Conor Keelan
Councillor Ruth Keelan offered sympathies for the family of Ruth Morrissey. Photo Credit: Kathy Gilroy-Barry.

Fianna Fáil councillor Conor Keelan has paid tribute to Ruth Morrissey today, saying the CervicalCheck campaigner “battled bravely” against cancer before her death.

Mrs Morrissey died over the weekend, aged 39. Her death came some two years after she gave evidence in the High Court, in an action taken against the HSE and two laboratories over the misreading of her cervical smear tests carried out in 2009 and 2012.

She was not told until 2018 that a review carried out in 2014 showed the smears taken as part of the CervicalCheck screening programme were incorrectly reported. Mrs Morrissey, and her husband Paul, won the case and were awarded damages of €21.6 million.

She and her husband, Paul, won the case and were awarded damages.

“She was shamefully treated by the state,” Cllr Keelan said. She was denied an apology. and she battled cancer bravely up to death yesterday.”

Condolences were also paid to former Louth County Councillor and Senator Terry Brennan, who died last month and the late James ‘Jimmy’ Faulkner. Cllr Colm Markey extended condolences to all families who have lost loved ones through Covid-19.

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