Tributes paid at passing of Patricia Carrick who received state apology over cervical cancer misdiagnosis

Galway Daily news Memorial service Portiuncula Hospital

Tributes are being paid and sympathies expressed at news of the passing of Cervical Check campaigner Patricia Carrick or Oranmore.

The 51 year old woman passed away peacefully at home overnight her husband Damien Carrick said on Twitter.

Patricia Carrick received an apology from the HSE and from the laboratory that misread her cervical cancer screening last month at the end of a High Court case.

President Michael D Higgins said that he was greatly saddened by the news, and expressed the “sorrow of the people of Ireland” along with sympathies to her family and friends.

“I spoke to her husband Damien and family on the 1st November and to her father Pat O’Sullivan, a long-time friend, at the beginning of November.  Patricia’s and Damien’s families were well-known to me for years.”

“I know that Patricia’s courage, which I  know she held to the very end, and her grace as a campaigner, provide some solace to her loved ones at this difficult time.”

“It is also appropriate at this time to think of all those who were failed by a system in which they had trusted, and their loved ones.”

Taoiseach Micheál Martin also expressed his sympathy to the family, her husband and four children Ciarán, Ríoghna, Sorcha and Eoin, during Leaders Questions in the Dáil this morning.