Call For Support Ahead Of CervicalCheck Demonstrations In Clare

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Organisers of protests in Ennis and Kilrush tonight hope that a large crowd will come out in support of the 209 women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy.

The group, called Standing4Women, are co-ordinating nationwide demonstrations, and hope they will send a strong message to both the women affected and to the government.
Clare FM’s Fiona McGarry reports:


It’s around five weeks since the CervicalCheck controversy first hit headlines.

It’s now known that 209 women received false negative smear tests, and that 18 of those have since died.

Others were later given diagnoses of terminal cancer which may have been avoided if their cancers had been caught in time.

Today, a national day of action sees demonstrations in solidarity with those women at locations across the country, including Ennis and Kilrush.

Violet Ann Wynne is one of the organisers of the event in West Clare.

Those attending tonight’s events are urged to wear red.

Ennis organiser Maria Ryan insists that they won’t be going anywhere until they’re given concrete assurances that Ireland’s women are being looked after.