“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

Take a look in your backyard, Roberson’s new exhibit brings familiar scenes to life

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Artist Joseph Opshinsky says it takes him up to fifty hours to create the pieces on display at the new ‘Regional Color’ exhibit at the Roberson Museum and Science Center. Organizers say they hope the exhibit will inspire people to go out and see the real thing. The cross between rural and urban environments is a common theme in Opshinsky’s work. Those individual layers come together to create familiar landscapes. “It’s a meeting place between a rural landscape and civilized industrial areas that you want to call a post industrial landscape,” he said. “You kinda see them in their best light and appreciate some of the detail you may overlook because you pass them by so often,” Opshinsky said. “They’re scenes from Northeastern Pennsylvania and a grouping of specific scenes I did for the show of the Binghamton area,” he said. Looking at Opshinsky’s work help gain a greater appreciation for the beauty that’s right here in our backyard. “It all features local scenes they can see around Northern Pennsylvania and the Binghamton area, so something they can go out and experience,” said Rebecca Dixon of the Roberson Museum and Science Center. “It’s a process of cutting the shapes out of colored construction paper and putting them all together,” Opshinsky said. “It has the overall appearance of a painting, but the material differentiates it.” The exhibit will be open through Aug. 23.last_img read more

Massive night for Ireland in Euro 2016

first_imgAnd there’s an earlier start between Georgia and Gibraltar, which will get underway at 5pm.In today’s other European qualifiers…Northern Ireland can book qualification for next year’s championships with a win over Greece in Belfast.Also in Group F, Hungary host the Faroe Islands and Finland travel to Romania.And in Group I, there’s likely to be tension on and off the field between Albania and Serbia, while Portugal host Denmark.All of those matches will kick-off at 19:45. The Irish management have yet to announce their starting side, but Wes Hoolahan has been cleared to start after his recent heel injury while Cyrus Christie looks set to deputise for the injured Seamus Coleman.Germany come to the Aviva Stadium with a side that is packed with superstars as they look to maintain their lead at the top of Group D.Kick-off in Dublin is at 7:45, which is also the same start time at Hampden Park in Glasgow where Scotland need a result against Poland to keep their qualification hopes on-track.last_img read more

Žana Novković is third in slalom on Sljeme

first_imgThe best BiH alpine skier Žana Novković won third place in slalom at the International competition on Sljeme near Zagreb.More than 40 skiers from BiH, Croatia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Finland, Slovakia and Greece participated in the competition.Member of the skiing team ‘Jahorina’ from Pale won a third medal this season.‘Now we can say with certainty that her good results were not coincidence but it is the result of her long and hard work. This result shows that she is in a good form and that she’ll be ready for the World Championship in alpine skiing which will be held  from 4- 17 February in Schladming’, said the Skiing Federation of BiH.last_img