Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs, Lorraine Clifford-Lee has said that the importance of the HPV immunisation vaccination has never been more apparent.

The Senator was commenting as details of the Cervical Smear scandal continued to emerge.

The HPV vaccine protects against the strains of HPV that cause over 70% of all cervical cancers, the second most common cancer in this country among females aged 15 to 44.

Senator Clifford-Lee commented, “The distressing and traumatic revelations which have emerged in the short time since Vicky Phelan’s high court action concluded, have terrified women across Ireland.

“This controversy underscores and reminds us of the importance and effectiveness of this vaccine for young girls and women. There are thousands of teenage girls in post-primary schools across Ireland, who are yet to be vaccinated and who should receive it in the coming weeks.

“It is also my strong view that the vaccine should be extended to young boys and I will continue to make the case for the extension of this service following our support for a recent motion on the issue. ” concluded Senator Clifford-Lee.