Campaigner Vicky Phelan has said she is "blown away" after attending day three of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in Dublin.

Ms Phelan, who has terminal cancer, was at the RDS to meet and support students whose projects were inspired by the CervicalCheck controversy.

The mother-of-two said: "I'm absolutely blown away. Not only by their interest, but also by the knowledge that these young people have and what they've achieved. I couldn't believe some of the detail in their surveys, it's PhD level.

"Seeing how much they want to bring about change gives me hope that the younger generation are taking on big issues and doing something about them."

Róisín Ní Chadla and Jovana Gajic, both aged 14, from Ardscoil na Mara in Tramore, Co Waterford, were among the students who met Ms Phelan.

"I was really looking forward to meeting such a brave and powerful woman. We are really excited to tell her about the results of our survey," Jovana said.