An incredibly powerful image.
An image of Vicky Phelan was projected onto Dublin’s historic Main Post Office last night ahead of the film Vicky, which explores her campaign for justice for women affected by the CervcialCheck scandal.
The portrait was created by artist Conor Merriman.
Limerick woman Vicky took a swab in 2011 that showed she had no abnormalities, but three years later she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Then it turned out that the first test was a false negative, although Vicky was not informed of this until 2017. She was one of over 200 women whose lives were severely impacted by the false negative results, and last year she announced that she was seeking palliative care.
In 2018, she settled her High Court case against US lab Quest Diagnostics for €2.5 million over the false positive result.
At the time, she told the court: “I was shocked when I was told. I’m angry, extremely angry. If I had been diagnosed I probably would have had surgery and worse a hysterectomy.
“If I was told that sooner, I wouldn’t be able to get a terminal cancer diagnosis.”
Now, in an upcoming film directed by Sasha King, viewers not only get a glimpse into her campaign for justice for Irish women, but also a glimpse into her life with cancer.
The official synopsis from Volta Pictures reads: “In 2018, Vicky Phelan gave a now infamous speech on the steps of the High Court in Dublin, in which she exposed one of the worst women’s health scandals in Irish history, the CervicalCheck debacle.
“VICKY is a profound and intimate journey not only in her struggle to uncover the truth of what happened for all women, but also in her own personal struggle to stay alive.”
The film comes out on October 7th and you can check out the trailer below.
Vicky won the award for Best Irish Documentary at the Dublin International Film Festival this year and also received a nomination for the Irish Council of Civil Liberties Human Rights Award.