Taoiseach Micheál Martin statement on Vicky Phelan
I am deeply saddened at the passing of Vicky Phelan.
On behalf of the Government of Ireland, I extend my deepest sympathies to her husband Jim, children Amelia and Darragh, family and friends.
Vicky was a woman of extraordinary courage, integrity, warmth and generosity of spirit.
She made a very significant contribution to public life in Ireland and Vicky’s actions and commitment will live long in the memory of the entire nation.
Vicky ensured the embedding of the principle of full public disclosure in the area of public health.
Vicky stood up for the public interest, particularly in relation to the CervicalCheck scandal.
She was an outstanding advocate for women across this country, and across the globe.
Vicky always gave selflessly of her time to help others, even though she was going through severe illness herself.
The people of Ireland have a deep affection for Vicky, and will always hold her contribution to public life in the highest regard.