Ireland Varadkar 'crying for himself', not dead mothers and their children - Emma Mhic Mhathuna

09:55  14 may  2018
09:55  14 may  2018 Source:   independent.ie

'I should not even have had cancer and now I’m dying', says mother-of-five after incorrect smear test

  'I should not even have had cancer and now I’m dying', says mother-of-five after incorrect smear test A MOTHER of five who was given incorrect smear tests results and went on to develop cancer has now been told she has cancer again, and it is terminal. Emma Mhic Mhathúna (37) was given the devastating news yesterday – just over a week after she was told she was one of the 209 women caught up in the CervicalCheck scandal.Speaking to the Irish Independent from her home in Kerry, she said she was just coming to grips with the knowledge that she need not have developed cancer at all, when she was dealt this blow.“I’m back to being numb. I was only coming back down to earth after last week and now I’m back in a whirlwind.

Emma Mhic Mhathúna (37), who was one of the 209 women caught up in the CervicalCheck scandal, tells RTE I have [told my children ]. I'm just crying thinking about it. There's women that are dead and just like any women they're people's daughters, they're mammies, all their children are in pain.

Emma Mhic Mhathúna (37) was given the devastating news yesterday cancer – and ultimately this latest cancer which will now claim her life and leave her five young children without their mother . Ms Mhic Mhathúna is angry at the lack of action from the Government and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

Emma Mhic Mhathuna. Photo: Don MacMonagle © Provided by Irish Independent Emma Mhic Mhathuna. Photo: Don MacMonagle TERMINALLY ill mother Emma Mhic Mhathúna has accused the Taoiseach of “crying for himself” and not the “mothers, dying or dead” or their children left behind.

The mother-of-five said Leo Varadkar and Health Minister Simon Harris had “failed” in answering the public emergency following the CervicalCheck scandal and it was now time for them to resign.

Ms Mhic Mhathúna, from Co Kerry, was forced to relinquish her degree in international development at Maynooth University in 2016, when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer after an abnormal smear test in 2013 wasn’t detected.

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Emma Mhic Mhathúna (37) was given the devastating news yesterday cancer – and ultimately this latest cancer which will now claim her life and leave her five young children without their mother . Ms Mhic Mhathúna is angry at the lack of action from the Government and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

Emma Mhic Mhathúna , who has five young children , was one of the women who was told that her original smear test was clear in 2013, but it wasn’t. I’m crying thinking about it. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, because as a mother it’s my job to protect them and to keep the bad news

“I never wanted to be in politics,” Ms Mhic Mhathúna said. “I wanted to be a mother and to be a humanitarian, helping refugees in particular. But I don’t want to die and leave this Government in place for my children and other children.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar delivers a lecture on the Future of Europe before the Wilfried Martens Fund at the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) in Leuven, Belgium April 26, 2018.  REUTERS/Yves Herman © Catalyst Images Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar delivers a lecture on the Future of Europe before the Wilfried Martens Fund at the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) in Leuven, Belgium April 26, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman

“Leo Varadkar doesn’t cry for me or the mothers, dying and dead, the children left behind to go through life without their mothers.

“He cries for himself, for his political future. But it’s too late and he needs to accept that. Leo Varadkar failed to answer this crisis.”

She said neither Mr Varadkar nor Mr Harris have contacted her.

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Emma Mhic Mhathúna said that as a mother it was her job to protect her children and keep the bad news away from them. They're not actually - and I'm not being insulting, it's genuine - they're not actually capable of minding us, and that is their job.

Emma Mhic Mhathúna : ‘I had to collect my kids from school to tell them I’m dying’. ‘There’s women that are dead . They are peoples daughters and they’re mammies and all their children are in so much pain. ‘I just think the only person that can do something now is the president.

“They have failed and I don’t want to die to leave my children in a country with a Government that can’t look after its citizens.

“They both need to accept it’s over for them and resign,” she added.

Ireland's Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arrives at an all All-Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit in Dundalk, Ireland, April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne © Catalyst Images Ireland's Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arrives at an all All-Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit in Dundalk, Ireland, April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

On Friday, Mr Varadkar became emotional when asked if he wanted to deliver a public message to Ms Mhic Mhathúna after she spoke publicly about the terminal cancer diagnosis she received last week.

He said there were no words to offer her “comfort at this time,” adding: “She’s 37 years old, roughly my age, could be my sister... She has young children – it could be my nephews...”

However, Ms Mhic Mhathúna said his words were “empty” and the Government had missed an opportunity to “step in quickly and say ‘we are going to help you’, that we’ll take over this situation.

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Emma said that she wants to cuddle her children every day and that she loves them very much. Ms Mhic Mhathúna also recounted the moment when her general practitioner (GP) told her the news of her diagnosis.

'Disgusting test error a robbery of life for me and my five children ' Emma Mhic Mhathúna (37) was about terminally ill Emma Mhic Mhathúna .The mother -of-five who has been caught up in the cervical screening Mr Varadkar said today: "I just don't think there are any words that anyone can say

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“The only thing our political leaders are concerned about is how they can survive through this but I’m sorry, the damage has been done. If a ship is sinking, women and children get off first and the captain is the last to go down with the ship. But in this instance Leo Varadkar, Simon Harris and Tony O’Brien are the first to get off the ship and they left all the women and children onboard.”

She has made a complaint to gardaí alleging there has been a cover-up of the CervicalCheck scandal. She specifically named Mr O’Brien, former HSE director general, in the complaint.

She also praised the media for keeping the issue in the public eye, saying it had played a public role where the Government had failed.

'She could be my sister or one of my friends' - Taoiseach becomes emotional speaking about terminally ill Emma Mhic Mhathúna .
'She could be my sister or one of my friends' - Taoiseach becomes emotional speaking about terminally ill Emma Mhic Mhathúna .The mother-of-five who has been caught up in the cervical screening controversy has spoken in heart breaking terms on the impact it has had on her and her family. Mr Varadkar said today: "I just don't think there are any words that anyone can say... certainly there are no words that I can say that can give her comfort at this time."And he became emotional when he said: "She's 37-years old, roughly my age, could be my sister, could be one of my friends.

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