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McDonald ‘appalled’ as Taoiseach confirms cut-off date for expenses payments to victims of Cervical Check Scandal

11 July, 2018 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has strongly criticised a government imposed cut-off date for the payment of expenses to victims of the Cervical Check Scandal, as was confirmed by the Taoiseach during Leaders Questions today.

Teachta McDonald said;

“I think that is unacceptable. The impact of this scandal goes back a lot further. Many victims and their families incurred considerable expenses and loss of earnings prior to the government imposed cut off of May 11 last.

“It is very unfair that victims will have to wait on final settlements to be compensated for these costs. It is appalling treatment of people who the state has failed so badly.”

The Sinn Féin President also expressed her disappointment regarding questions she put to the Taoiseach about his government's response to the scandal.

“I asked the Taoiseach when the delayed review of the 3,000 smear tests would begin. I didn't get a clear answer.

“I asked him when he expected Dr Scally would produce a final report from the scoping investigation. I didn't get a precise answer to that question either.

“Of course, the independence of the Scally investigation must be preserved but it is a legitimate concern that what was supposed to be fast and sharp process is now dragging on.

“The government's response to this scandal lacks the urgency and the seriousness that is required. The Taoiseach and Minister Harris must change this immediately in order to ensure that the interests of the women and their families are met.” 

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