Netizen 24 IRL: President Michael D Higgins meets terminally-ill Emma Mhic Mhathúna in her Kerry home

Diposting oleh On 12.58

President Michael D Higgins meets terminally-ill Emma Mhic Mhathúna in her Kerry home

President Michael D Higgins meets terminally-ill Emma Mhic Mhathúna in her Kerry home

President Higgins waves from his car as he arrives in Kerry and (r) Emma Mhic Mhathúna outside her Kerry home
President Higgins waves from his car as he arrives in Kerry and (r) Emma Mhic Mhathúna outside her Kerry home

Sean Nolan

President Michael D Higgins has met with Emma Mhic Mhathúna, the mother-of-five who was diagnosed with terminal cervical cancer after an abnormal smear test in 2013 wasn’t detected.

President Higgins travelled to Ms Mhic Mhathúna's home in west Kerry this evening with his wife Sabine for the meeting.

President Higgins had said he would visit Ms Mhic Mhathúna after she had called on him as 'the only person who could do something' with regard dealing with the cervical cancer scandal in an interview last week.

Speaking to RTE after the meeting, Ms Mhic Mhathúna said: "It just shows you why he's our president. He didn't have to come all the way down here and he did. It has made my own journey a little bit easier and he gave some comfort to my children."

"It's a moment that the Government will have to recognise, she added.

"I can't keep up with the story at the moment but definitely by having the President coming to meet me shows that something somewhere has failed and that it will be addressed.

"He listened to everything I said. He had some very touching wo rds and comforting words for me, especially knowing the road I have ahead.

President Higgins has described his meeting with Ms Mhic Mhathúna as "valuable and wonderful". Mr Higgins, who arrived with his wife Sabina to address the inaugural Fórsa conference, said the meeting had been a private one.

Earlier this week Ms Mhic Mhathúna said Leo Varadkar and Health Minister Simon Harris had “failed” in answering the public emergency following the CervicalCheck scandal and it was now time for them to resign.

“I never wanted to be in politics,” Ms Mhic Mhathúna said. “I wanted to be a mother and to be a humanitarian, helping refugees in particular. But I don’t want to die and leave this Government in place for my children and other children.

“Leo Varadkar doesn’t cry for me or the mothers, dying and dead, the children left behind to go through life without their mothers.

“He cries for himself, for his political future. But it’s too late and he needs to accept that. Leo Varadkar failed to answer this crisis.”

Online Editors

Follow @Independent_ie
Conor O'Hora (40) of Heather Walk, Portmarnock, Dublin arrives at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today where he was remanded into custody until his sentencing tomorrow. He has pleaded guilty to harassing RTÉ newsreader Sharon Ní Bheoláin and possession of child pornography. Pic Collins Courts.

'I got a power trip from looking at little girls 9; pictures' - Man who harassed Sharon Ní...

Jessica Magee A Dublin man who harassed RTÉ newsreader Sharon Ní Bheoláin will be sentenced tomorrow for this and three separate counts of possessing child pornography.

Declan McCann, of Sean McDermott Street, Dublin, pictured leaving the Four Courts today after his Circuit Civil Court action was dismissed. Pic:Collins Courts

Motorbike courier who claimed he was injured when van did sudden 'U turn' loses €60k...

A 29-year-old motor bike courier, who claimed he had been injured when a postman did an illegal “U” turn on a busy Dublin street, has lost a €60,000 personal injuries claim against An Post.

Many schools are concerned about a litigious culture in Irish society

Irish schools banning students from running in yard over accident fears

Fiona Dillon Schools have implemented a ban on students running in the yard because they are so fearful of accidents happening, according to teaching unions.

  • Most Read
  • Most Shared
Garrett Phillips had been in a West End ‘Rat Pack’ show

Former soap actor who orally raped women tried to get lawyers to grill victim on sexual... Courts

Keith Ennis (left) with Philip County, who was convicted of cutting up his body

Gardaí have 'grave concerns' over missing chainsaw thug who chopped up body Irish News

Footage shows man attacked by youths in Dublin park in broad daylight Irish News

Carrantuohill seen from Lough Lein, Killarney

Tourist dies following tragic incident on Ireland's highest mountain Irish News

The advert that appeared yesterday

Defence Forces complain over 'military' No advert Abortion Referendum

Krista Conley Glover (inset) was arrested for domestic violence

US golfer Lucas Glover's wife arrested for domestic violence for allegedly attacking... Golf

Patrick Kennedy

Bank chief's €2.8m mortgage costs him just €1,400 a month Property & Mortgages

An arti   st’s impression of the student accommodation proposed by Cairn Homes for the Blakes and Esmonde Motors sites in Stillorgan

Fears south Dublin suburb 'would end up like communist Europe' in wake of... Property & Mortgages

Patrick Kennedy

Bank chief's €2.8m mortgage costs him just €1,400 a month Property & Mortgages

Laura Bourne at home with her six month old son Noah in Greystones. Picture: Steve Humphreys

'The journey I had to take after my 20-week scan was torturous' Abortion Referendum

Independent.ie

The Daily Digest

Editor's Choice

Laura Bourne at home with her six month old son Noah in Greystones. Picture: Steve Humphreys

'The journey I had to take after my 20-week scan was torturous'

Laura Bourne recounts her

Recently retired jockey Katie Walsh. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Paul Kimmage: Going into battle without fear or favour

It's fair to say my mind was elsewher e that Friday.

Palestinian demonstrators burn representations of US flags. Photo: Reuters

Joy in Jerusalem, despair in Gaza: the jarring juxtaposition that threatens further chaos

Declan McCann, of Sean McDermott Street, Dublin, pictured leaving the Four Courts today after his Circuit Civil Court action was dismissed. Pic:Collins Courts

Motorbike courier who claimed he was injured when van did sudden � 39;U turn' loses €60k...

A 29-year-old motor bike courier, who claimed he had...

Many schools are concerned about a litigious culture in Irish society

Irish schools banning students from running in yard over accident fears

Schools have implemented a ban on students running...

'Take-off was exhilarating but landing was terrifying' - We test fly Irish company's...

If you ever wondered just how good the latest...

Vi   cky Phelan appears at the PAC today

Live 'I never want to see this happen again' - Vicky Phelan applauded after 'harrowing'...

CERVICAL screening scandal victim Vicky Phelan has...

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Varadkar: I said US decision to move embassy in Israel would cost lives, and it has

THE Taoiseach has blamed the US decision to relocate its...

Watch: 'You will and can never understand that awful choice' - Bob Geldof calls on Irish...

Bob Geldof has called o n Irish men to vote...

David Glennon arriving at Galway Circuit Court. Photo: Hany Marzouk

Galway hurler avoids jail over €70k theft after 'mystery donor' helps repay money

A HURLER who stole an estimated €70,000 from his...

Transport Minister Shane Ross. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Rural publicans want 'Drink -Link' tax incentives

Publicans have called for tax breaks to help boost rural transport services.

Health minister Simon Harris (Lorraine O'Sullivan/PA)

Free condoms among series of measures to reduce crisis pregnancies

FREE condoms and other forms of contraception will be...

Education Minister Richard Bruton.

New Gaelscoil for primary school children in north Dublin after series of complaints

A NEW primary school serving parts of north Dublin...

WATCH: Bob Geldof Is a #YES man

WATCH: Simtech soars to new heights in flight simulation

VIDEO: Footage of attack in Dublin

A MAN in his 20s has been taken to hospital following an assault near St. Michan’s...

WATCH: This Irish ice-cream parlour has created Tomato Ketchup flavoured ice-...

An Irish ice-cream parlour has become the...

WATCH: Is this Ireland's largest egg cup collection?

Paul O'Hara 's late mother Anne began collecting egg cups almost 48 years ago,...

VIDEO: Investigators examine wreckage after Offaly air crash

The long and difficult task of recovering the...

VIDEO: 'I wait for the post wondering if a letter is going to come for me' - Hundreds...

Hundreds of people gathered at the GPO this...

VIDEO: Horror broad-daylight attack on Dublin Bus driver

SHOCKING footage has emerged of a bus driver allegedly being assaulted by a...

VIDEO: Investigators examine wreckage after Offaly air crash

The plane which crashed in Offaly on Sunday, killing the...

Watch: National Women’s Council of Ireland launches 'Who Needs Your Yes' campaign

21 Mar 2018: General view of Fire Brigade attempting to put out fire at Metro Hotel, Ballymun, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Ballymun fire

Snowy conditions return to Sallins, Co. Kildare. Photo: Tony Gavin 18/3/2018

In Pictures: Snow returns to Ireland in mid-March

Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (left) and his partner Matt Barrett walk in the St Patrick's Day parade on 5th Avenue in New York City Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar walks in the St Patrick's Day parade on 5th Avenue in New York City

Therese Eagers digs a pathway through the snow in her back garden in Rathcoole. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

Were the warnings about Storm Emma overblown? These photos from around Ireland...

Some have been complaining that the blizzard and...

Wexford town

Gallery: Your photos as Storm Emma dumps huge amounts of snow across the country

Dagmara Jakkububowicz from Carrigaline walks her dog Bubu around the pond in the Community Park in Carrigaline Co. Cork.- Picture David Creedon / Anzenberger

15 uplifting images from the professionals that show the enjoyable side of Ireland's snow days

The Campbell family with their igloo creation

Gallery: Our readers captured some beautiful images around the country - here are our favourites

Birds in the snow. Photo credit: Dave Keegan Photography

In Pictures: Ireland basks in a winter wonderland

Drone footage aken from Churchtown with a view all the way to Howth. Photo credit: Ciaran McGrath / Instagram @ciarancmcgrath

Your pictures as much of Ireland enjoys a heavy blanket of snow

Snowfall in Lusk, Dublin (Photo: Mark Condren)

In Pictures: The beginnings of snowfall across Ireland as Storm Emma approaches

Source: Google News

Next
« Prev Post
Previous
Next Post »