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Huge Support for BreastCheck Petition can not be ignored

23 May, 2005

Sinn Féin Kerry County Councillor Toireasa Ferris said that the huge support that was given to Saturday's petition for the extension of BreastCheck to Kerry could not be ignored by the Minister for Health. Cllr. Ferris, a member of the BreastCheck for Kerry Now group, said that she was overwhelmed by the level of support the campaign was receiving.

Cllr. Ferris said:

"I want to congratulate everyone that helped organise the petition day on Saturday, it was a huge success. We received over 500 signatures in Listowel in a couple of hours and I believe that over 20,000 people have signed all together. The people of Kerry and indeed the entire south and west of the country have been calling for the extension of BreastCheck for nearly half a decade now and our calls can no longer be ignored.

"The Minister for Health has said publicly that she is 'confident' that it will be rolled out by 2007, however we all remember her predecessor's 'confidence' that it would be rolled out by 2005. So the Minister needn't be surprised when she receives nearly 3,000 pages of signatures in June. " ENDS

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