Cervical Cancer Scandal: Taoiseach’s use of term “cock-up” beggars belief – Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has said that “the Taoiseach’s use of terms such as ‘cock-up’ in relation to the Cervical Cancer scandal beggars belief and demonstrates Mr Varadkar’s attitude to accountability”.

Deputy McDonald, who again urged the Taoiseach to remove Tony O’Brien as Director General of the HSE, continued;

“It beggars belief that the head of government would choose to use such terminology when speaking about a catastrophic failure and a clear cover-up on the part the HSE.

“Seventeen women have died. Many more have been left in the dark regarding life and death medical information. It was deliberately concealed from them by the HSE.

“That is not the stuff of mistakes. I think the use of such flippant language runs the real risk of invalidating what these women are being subjected to.

“The fact is that Tony O’Brien has presided over negligence, concealment and misinformation with the most serious consequences for women and their families.

“He cannot remain as Director General. That is the very least women affected and their families need to see.

“It is a scandal that Mr O’Brien will be allowed by the Taoiseach to sail off into the sunset to large pension having left a scene of devastation and trauma behind him.

“Mr Varadkar must sack this incompetent man.”