On the first anniversary of her death the family of Emma Mhic Mhathúna has described her as "a strong and courageous lady", while also expressing the hope "that something positive will come from her journey and her passing".

The 37-year-old mother of five, was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2016.

She was one of more than women given incorrect smear test results by the CervicalCheck screening programme. Emma passed away on 7 October last year.

A statement issued today on behalf of Emma's five children, her father Peter and family said: "With her death a bright light in our lives was extinguished and her beautiful and brave voice silenced. Her pain and suffering was thankfully at an end as she was re-united with her Mam.

"Five wonderful children tragically lost their Mam at such a tender age in circumstances that are too difficult to contemplate not to mention understand."

Emma first revealed that she was one of the women who had received incorrect smear test results during an interview with RTÉ Raidio na Gaeltachta in Baile na nGall in May 2018.

Emma and her family had moved to the west Kerry fishing village in 2016.

During another emotional interview on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, the mother of five touched the nation as she spoke of her terminal diagnosis and the impact it would have on her five children.

In May 2018, President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina travelled to Baile na nGall to meet Emma.

Ms Mhic Mhathúna continued to campaign vigorously on behalf of the women affected by the cervical cancer scandal, engaging with the media, speaking at public gatherings and leading vigils.

In June 2018, Ms Mhic Mhathúna received a High Court settlement of €7.5m in her case against the Health Service Executive and Quest Diagnostics.

Emma died on 7 October last year. Funeral services were held in Carraig church in west Kerry and in St Mary's Pro-Cathedral in Dublin, before she was laid to rest beside her mother near Maynooth in Co Kildare.

Remembering Emma on the first anniversary of her death, her family extended its gratitude to all those who have supported the family since Emma's passing: "As her family there are no words that can truly express the depth of our gratitude for what you have done for us over the last year.

"The words 'thank you' seem so inadequate but we hope that you will appreciate that your support, whether from family, friends, neighbours and the wider public, meant so much to us all particularly when we needed it most.

"Be proud of the fact you contributed to ensuring that Emma's extraordinary life and death were celebrated in such a special way and that hopefully something positive will come from her journey and her passing."

The family has also requested privacy as they continue to grieve.

"We are a private family and hope you will appreciate that not withstanding our grief and pain over the loss of our beautiful Emma we will be refraining from further comment."

"Emma would have wanted us, her family, to thank you the media again for the portrayal of her story and for all the friendship and support showed to her on her journey through illness."

Finally, the family has made an appeal to the public as they remember Emma.

"We would ask that you keep Emma RIP in your hearts and minds today, to remember her fondly and her children as they re-build their lives without their beloved Mam. Emma was a strong and courageous lady and will be remembered as such."