Mayor pays tribute to ‘a beacon of hope and strength’

Mayor Francis Foley signing the book of condolence at City Hall watched by Limerick City and County Council chief executive Pat Daly and Director of Service Caroline Curley.

MAYOR Francis Foley has paid tribute to Vicky Phelan, who died in Milford Hospice earlier today following a courageous battle against cervical cancer at the age of 48.

A book of condolence has been opened in City Hall on Merchant’s Quay and will remain open for one week. The Irish flag is being flown at half-mast as a mark of respect for the women’s health campaigner who was a recipient of the Freedom of Limerick last February.

Speaking after signing the book of condolence, Mayor Foley said: “Vicky tirelessly campaigned for better healthcare for women. Her search for answers uncovered the Cervical Check scandal and she used her voice to advocate and support other women who had been affected and were fighting for justice.

“My sincere condolences and those of the people of Limerick go to her family at this sad time. Throughout all her campaigning Vicky always referred to her family and how important they were as she spoke out and campaigned.

“While many thousands of people will be sad to hear of Vicky’s passing, her family will mourn her loss most acutely and we must support them in any way we can.

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Vicky’s contribution to Irish life means she will never be forgotten. She will be remembered as a fighter, a campaigner, a beacon of hope and strength against almost insurmountable obstacles. Her legacy will remain with us forever.”

Limerick City and County Council chief executive Pat Daly said: “Vicky has made an enormous contribution to Irish society and it was a privilege to meet her and listen to her speak with such a passion and drive which often belied her serious health condition.

“She was an inspiration to thousands of people in Limerick, Ireland and abroad and was a remarkable women, who fought for others as well as herself,” Mr Daly added.

Last February, Vicky Phelan was conferred with the Freedom of Limerick for her work in uncovering the Cervical Check scandal and her tireless advocacy and support of other women who had been affected and were fighting for justice, as well as advocating for the rights of terminally ill people to end their suffering.

An online book of condolence is open here

The late Vicky Phelan