"May Patricia Carrick Rest in Peace" – Tóibín
Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín TD has expressed his condolences to the Carrick family upon the death of Patricia Carrick who so bravely fought for the women of Ireland through her High Court case over a smear test which was read in a manner which was neglectful. Deputy Tóibín said:
"The news filtering through this morning that Patricia Carrick passed away overnight is very sad indeed. A dark cloud hangs over Dáil today. Patricia, through her High Court case and her family's activism has exposed serious questions about cervical cancer screening in this country. Thanks to her and her family a very important conversation has begun. Days like today bring home the fact that there are real women, mothers, wives and daughters behind the statistics we discuss in this house".
"The Taoiseach's apology to the Carrick family in recent weeks no doubt brought some comfort to them in Patricia's final days. Patricia shouldn't have died, she should not have been put through what she was put through, yet she fought, even in ill health, to accomplish something for the women of this country. Let us never forget her name. I wish to extend my deepest condolences to her family and friends and to assure them of my prayers at this difficult time", concluded Deputy Tóibín.