Irish Cancer Society statement on State apology for Cervical Cancer Women

The Irish Cancer Society has welcomed the Taoiseach’s apology. 

Averil Power, Irish Cancer Society CEO said today:

“We welcome the Taoiseach’s apology today and hope it goes some way towards healing the immense hurt caused to these women and their families. It is a testament to the immense bravery of those who have shared deeply personal and painful stories in order to deliver badly needed change. As a nation we owe it to all those affected, particularly those no longer with us, to ensure the Taoiseach’s heartfelt words are backed up by real action and confidence restored in our lifesaving cancer screening programmes.”


Anyone with concerns about cervical cancer – be they going through the illness, or if they are a family member or friend of a cervical cancer patient – can receive confidential advice and support by contacting the Irish Cancer Society’s Freephone Cancer Nurseline on 1800 200 700 (lines open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm).