A 55-year-old woman with cancer who has sued over the alleged misinterpretation of her CervicalCheck smear tests has agreed to mediation talks in her legal action.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross was told that talks will take place this Friday between the legal teams representing Orla Church, the Health Service Executive and US laboratory Quest Diagnostics.

The judge said he realised there was "extreme urgency" in the case.

The case will be mentioned before the High Court next week when he will hear if the mediation talks have been successful.

The court was told the HSE had suggested the mediation.

Ms Church, of Elm Mount Avenue, Beaumont in Dublin, has sued the HSE and US laboratory Quest Diagnositcs Incorporated of Delaware which provided cervical cytopathology laboratories and services to the HSE as part of the CervicalCheck screening programme for Irish women.

It is claimed Ms Church had a smear test in September 2011 which was sent to a laboratory operated by Quest Diagnostics.

The report from the laboratory after testing the sample said no abnormality was detected and recommended routine screening.

In September 2014, Ms Church had another smear test as part of her routine screening and the laboratory report this time showed no abnormalities and advised normal recall.

Ms Church was referred to hospital in December 2015 with pelvic pain and was later diagnosed with cervical cancer when a tumour of over 4cms showing up in a scan.

It is claimed that following a review by an independent external pathologist in March 2017 both smear test results were changed from the original negative category.

Ms Church claims the reporting by the Quest Diagnostics laboratory allegedly led to a false negative result both in September 2011 and in September 2014.

She says there was no intervention in her condition until after May 2016 when she underwent treatment.

In September 2017, she suffered a deterioration in her health and was advised in May 2018 there was a recurrence of her cancer with secondary tumours in her kidneys.

It is claimed Ms Church's prognosis is extremely poor and there was an alleged failure to diagnose or a misinterpretation and an alleged failure to refer her to the proper and appropriate specialists for the purpose of the prompt investigation, monitoring or early diagnosis.

It is claimed upon discovering she was suffering from cervical cancer Ms Church suffered profound shock, distress and upset.

 All claims are denied by the defendants.