Victims of the cervical smear scandal are being remembered tomorrow (Sunday), Nollaig na mBan, with a candlelight vigil on Eyre Square in Galway organised by the Galway Council of Trade Unions.

Following the publication of the Scally Report into the scandal, the Galway Council of Trade Unions decided to remember and pay tribute to the late Emma Mhic Mhathuna and other victims of the scandal on the day which traditionally celebrates women.

The Council is calling on public representatives to ensure that all 50 recommendations made in the Scally Report be implemented so that this could never happen again.

Marian Spelman, President of the Galway Council of Trade Unions says it is imperative that the Government secures a licence for quality cervical smear testing in Ireland or at least in Europe and make it available to Irish women.

They are also inviting local public representatives and councillors to join the vigil on Sunday at 6pm to show their support and willingness to keep this on the agenda until the Scally recommendations have been implemented.

Ms Spelman told Midwest News that the candlelight vigil isn’t confined to women as the cervical screening scandal had affected men and women. 


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