One of the women who received a false negative on a smear test taken under the CervicalCheck screening programme has died.

Orla Church, of Elm Mount Avenue, Beaumont in Dublin, died at the Mater Hospital in Dublin, the 221+ CervicalCheck Patient Support Group said.

She is survived by her parents, brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews

In a statement, the group said: "We have just learned with great sadness of the death of Orla Church, a member of the 221+ CervicalCheck Patient Support Group.

"We offer deepest sympathy to her entire family and friends at this very difficult and sad time. Many of us got to meet and know Orla in the past months and she was just such a wonderfully courageous, strong and inspiring person.

"She campaigned tirelessly on behalf of all us affected by the CervicalCheck debacle and we are and will continue to be so grateful to her for this outstanding work.

"All of us in the 221+ CervicalCheck Patient Support Group will be thinking about Orla's family in the coming days and will be available to assist them in any way we can."

Last week Ms Church had agreed to mediation talks in a legal action she brought over the interpretation of her CervicalCheck smear tests.