Fianna Fáil’s Health Spokesperson has called on the Taoiseach and the Minister for Health to either make good on their promises to women affected by the Cervical Check scandal, or apologise to them and their families for making false and empty promises they had no intention of keeping.

“On April 14th, Minister Harris during a press conference promised that no woman affected by the scandal would have to go to court.

“The Taoiseach also made this promise while being interviewed on the Six One news and also during a debate on the matter in the Dáil.

“Since these promises were made, Emma Mhic Mhathúna has been forced to go to court at least four times. This week saw Ruth Morrissey in court. During her appearance, Ms. Morrissey said that she didn’t think she’d have to give evidence in a court.

“In light of the clear promise made by the Taoiseach and Minister for Health, why would she believe any different? Instead, she had to sit in court, listening to legal arguments challenging her diagnosis.

“The Taoiseach promised these women and their families that this would not happen. Why has he not honoured that promise? Did he ever intend to honour it? Was he simply attempting to take pressure off his government? Either way, the women involved deserve an apology and an explanation. And they deserve a government that honours its word.

“I’m calling on the Taoiseach and the Minister to keep their promise and ensure that no more women have to go to the courts or admit that their promises were empty gimmicks in the pursuit of damage limitation on behalf of the Government.

“At this state, it looks like these women were tricked into a false sense of security by the empty promises of the Minister and the Taoiseach. Their anguish and worry is now being further compounded by being forced to go to court to secure the damages they are undoubtedly entitled to.

“The State needs to ensure that no more women are forced to go to the courts as a result of the Cervical Check scandal. It is the very least this government can do for these women,” concluded Donnelly.