“Very angry”: Cancer campaigner Vicky Phelan implores health minister to reconsider…

first_imgLimerickNews“Very angry”: Cancer campaigner Vicky Phelan implores health minister to reconsider launch date of CervicalCheck TribunalBy David Raleigh – October 22, 2020 214 Linkedin WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Posting a series of messages on Twitter, Ms Phelan said she was “very angry” at how the proposed tribunal of inquiry was being handled before it had even started.Yesterday Minister Stephen Donnelly brought a memo to Cabinet proposing to open the tribunal next Tuesday, which is to investigate negligence in the State’s cancer screening programme.However, Ms Phelan, a member of the 221plus campaign group, which formed following the cancer smear test scandal, claimed the women affected by the scandal and their families “who this Tribunal is aimed at, were not afforded an opportunity to respond to the Minister’s decision to formally establish the Tribunal BEFORE it was announced”.“As we have become used to, those most affected are often the last to know,” Ms Phelan tweeted.“We met the Minister and officials from (Department of Health) on a Zoom meeting just 6 weeks ago. We set out several aspects of the proposed Tribunal that were causing us, and our members, serious concern, the Minister’s response yesterday is a flat rejection of ALL of our concerns,” she said.“We asked for a non-adversarial route to be found for the Tribunal, one NOT obliging women to fight the labs given recent rulings. The (High Court) in the (Patricia) Carrick case reaffirmed the view taken by the (Supreme Court) in (Ruth) Morrissey, that it was NOT necessary for women to sue the labs…”“Women could instead rely on the non-delegable duty owed to them by the HSE, who were found primarily responsible for the cervical screening programme in the Morrissey case. The HSE could then rely on their contractual and legal indemnities against the lab.”“BUT The Minister rejected these arguments and set out in his letter how the laboratories MUST be involved in proceedings if taken before the Tribunal. This will NOT be acceptable to many of our members,” Ms Phelan said.The Limerick mother who was given a terminal diagnosis after she was given a false negative smear test result, added: “We asked that applicants to the Tribunal who receive an award be allowed to return to the Tribunal should they suffer a recurrence of their cancer, in the same way that the State allowed applicants before the Hep-C Tribunal to return where their health deteriorates.”“Such a right to return to the Tribunal would be an advantage over the High Court procedures where, of course, no such right exists. The Minister’s letter did not even address this hugely important issue,” she said.“Another issue that the Minister did not address is that of the Statute of Limitations. We explained to the Minister that some of our members have received legal advice that they may now be statute-barred because they relied on the Government’s promise of a ‘non-adversarial’ Tribunal and did not issue (High Court) proceedings.““These members may now, through no fault of their own, be statute-barred because of delays by Government of more than two years in establishing this Tribunal. The Minister did not address this issue,” she added.“We had been given to believe that it was the needs of the women and families affected by the CervicalCheck debacle and NOT those of the @HSELive and the labs that were to come first in the Government’s response to the terrible wrongs visited upon our members.”Ms Phelan further argued that “on the basis of all of the above, we would ask the Minister to reconsider any move to launch the CervicalCheck Tribunal next week”.“Instead, we would plead with him to redouble efforts to sit down again with members of the @221plus, to identify an alternative solution of redress which is what our members have asked for, and what they deserve.” Facebook Previous articleShop LOCAL | Shop LIMERICKNext articleWhat Do Level 5 Restrictions Mean For Football? David Raleigh Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live LIMERICK CervicalCheck campaigner Vicky Phelan has accused the Minister for Health of ignoring her and her fellow cancer campaigners concerns over the proposed CervicalCheck Tribunal, which is due to start October 27th. “Otherwise, we will be recommending that @221plus members NOT participate in this Tribunal should it go ahead in its current format next week.“ Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Vicky PhelanPhoto: Oisin McHugh True Media Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Email Advertisementlast_img read more

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Harper honored for work on juvenile death penalty issues

first_imgHarper honored for work on juvenile death penalty issues Even before the U.S. Supreme Court held the juvenile death penalty unconstitutional in its March 1 ruling in Roper v. Simmon, the criminal defense bar in Miami had already singled out Assistant Public Defender Stephen Harper for years of advocacy on that case and this issue.Harper, 50, is this year’s recipient of the Rodney Thaxton Against All Odds Award presented annually by the Miami Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.The award is particularly meaningful for Harper because it is named for a longtime friend and colleague who died 10 years ago at the age of 37. Thaxton is revered for his record of tenacious civil and legal advocacy on behalf of the poor.“It was kind enough of the criminal defense bar just to recognize me,” says Harper. “But Rodney was a friend, a mentor, and a role model, so receiving an award in his name is very special.”Harper joined the office of Public Defender Bennett H. Brummer in September 1984, after graduating from Boston’s Northeastern University School of Law, and was named head of the juvenile division after four years of trial experience.His work earned him the 1998 Livingston Hall Juvenile Justice Award from the American Bar Association and the 2000 Juvenile Defender Leadership Award from the National Juvenile Defender Center .But what he felt most strongly about was the death penalty, particularly in cases where the defendant was a juvenile at the time of the offense.“Kids and life are my passion,” says Harper, who has two teenage sons of his own. “The juvenile death penalty issue had long been a concern of mine.”His involvement took a more direct turn in 2000, when five juveniles across the country were scheduled for execution.“then, discoveries in the behavioral and neurological sciences were increasingly indicating that adolescent offenders are far less culpable than we ever imagined,” he says. “They think differently than adults, their sense of consequences is not fully developed, and they do not have the same impulse control as adults.”Brummer granted Harper leave of absence in 2002 and 2003, and partial leave in 2004 to participate in the nationwide collaboration to end the juvenile death penalty.Now back full time in the PD’s office, Harper is once again supervising mitigation in capital cases, an assignment he first assumed in July 1995. He also continues to serve as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law, lecturing—naturally—on juvenile justice. July 15, 2005 Regular Newscenter_img Harper honored for work on juvenile death penalty issueslast_img read more