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06 Oct 2022

PICTURES: Standing 4 Women Laois turn out to protest cervical cancer smear test scandal

There was a good turnout at two protests in Laois on Wednesday evening hosted by a newly formed women's rights lobby group, Standing 4 Women Laois, in solidarity with the hundreds of women affected by the CervicalCheck scandal.

The protests in Portarlington and Portlaoise were part of a national campaign organised by Standing 4 Women Ireland where people wore red and joined together for women's health. 

Kim Tully who organised the Laois branch of the national campaign and the protest in Portarlington said she was pleasently surprised by the turnout. 

"Originally when I set it up I thought there would be a handful and just my family to be honest but there was a lot of support on the Facebook page and there was a good few numbers, more than what I thought.

"People were mainly thanking me for setting up a local protest because they really wanted to show their support and it was brilliant to have it locally, there was a very positive vibe," she said. 

There was a big turnout at the Portlaoise protest which took place at County Hall. The picture below is from Portlaoise taken by Niamh Ni Rian. 

The protests follow Limerick mother Vicky Phelan’s €2.5m High Court settlement with a US laboratory last month, exposing the scandal in which 209 women in Ireland were not informed of smear test reviews.

The campaign aims to show the women and families affected by the Cervical Check scandal that there is solidarity behind them, they are supported and to call for immediate action by government and the HSE.

Photographer Michael Scully took pictures for the Leinster Express. All copyright belongs to photographer. Flick through the gallery above. 

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