On Saturday 4 July, the people of Youghal dressed in Red and came out in their numbers in support of, and to participate in, the Nationwide protest against the Cervical Check Scandal. People of all ages and genders gathered outside The Mall Arts Centre, Youghal, in solidarity for those who are affected.
The protesters are looking for mandatory open disclosure to be commenced immediately, and without further delay. They are also demanding that proper person-centred support systems for the women affected and their families is set up, and that all are provided with a point of contact and access to information.
Kirsty Murphy (Event Organiser) spoke poignantly of how the official number of affected women has risen to 221 with still over 3,000 smears to be audited. Kirsty said “Numbers! Numbers! We are more than just a number – we are the women and the daughters of Ireland, and our Government and HSE have failed us. This is NOT okay. We deserve better treatment and a health system that supports and protects us, not one that outsources our health to the cheapest bidder. All of this could have been avoided “.
Bernard Kelleher, Jessica Coogan and Jessica Gunn also had some inspiring and encouraging words for those who were in attendance.
An Awareness Exposition will be held in Greywood Art Studios, Killeagh, on the 18 August next, and all are welcome on the day.