Funeral arrangements have been announced for Emma Mhic Mhathúna, who died yesterday aged 37.

Ms Mhic Mhathúna was one of the most high-profile figures of the CervicalCheck controversy.

She was one of 221 women with cervical cancer found to have received incorrect results during a clinical audit of past test results by the CervicalCheck screening programme.

A mass will take place at Carraig Church in Ballydavid, west Kerry, at 11am tomorrow, followed by removal to St Mary's Pro Cathedral in Dublin tomorrow afternoon.

Her funeral mass will take place on Wednesday at 12.45pm and Ms Mhic Mhathúna will be buried alongside her mother Annette at Laraghbryan Cemetery in Maynooth, Co Kildare.

Kerry County Council has opened a book of condolence. The book is available to be signed by members of the public at Kerry County Buildings, Rathass, Tralee, during office hours.

The mother-of-five was given a terminal diagnosis of cancer in May this year and said telling her young family of her diagnosis was the hardest thing she ever had to do.

Ms Mhic Mhathúna received two incorrect smear results and said she would have survived if she had been correctly diagnosed.

In June, she settled her case against the Health Service Executive and the US laboratory, Quest Diagnostics for €7.5m.

It has also been confirmed that another woman affected by the CervicalCheck failures, who wished to remain private, died over the weekend.

It brings to 20 the number of women linked to the crisis who have died.

However, the cause of death is not known in all cases.

Numerous tributes have been paid to Ms Mhic Mhathúna, with her friend Julie Malone describing her as a "very funny, very courageous woman" who was devoted to her children.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Ms Malone said Emma had a great sense of social justice, and was "in ruthless pursuit of the truth".

"She was just an ordinary mother who loved her children, and was given a death sentence. She worked tirelessly that this would happen to nobody else.

"She just couldn’t bear that she was going to be sacrificed, and others will be sacrificed, but that this should never ever happen to anybody else."

Yesterday, Minister for Health Simon Harris pledged to "work to build a programme worthy of women like Emma".


Emotional interview with Emma Mhic Mhathúna after terminal diagnosis