Image of Vicky Phelan beamed on GPO to promote new film

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A huge image of Vicky Phelan has been projected across the front of the GPO to mark the launch of a moving new documentary about her life.

The Limerick mother-of-two’s battle with cancer and her campaign on the Cervical Check issue is the theme of the new biopic which will hit cinemas next week.

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Ms Phelan became a household name after she brought a claim in the High Court over the way her Pap smears were handled, which ultimately led to a series of reviews by Ireland’s cervical cancer screening program CervicalCheck.

A digital illustration of Vicky Phelan is projected onto the GPO in Dublin to mark the release of a feature documentary about her life next week. ‘Vicky’ tells how the Limerick woman revealed problems with Ireland’s cervical screening scheme CervicalCheck. It hits theaters on October 7. Picture date: Thursday September 29, 2022.

Her case prompted other women to come forward and raised questions about the quality of the program, how women should be involved and informed about their own health care, and the issue of open disclosure.

Ms Phelan has campaigned tirelessly to reform the Irish healthcare system.

She has also supported the passage of the Dying with Dignity Bill, which seeks to legislate assisted dying in Ireland, through the Irish parliament.

Ms Phelan was granted freedom from Limerick earlier this year and was named one of the BBC’s 100 most inspiring and influential women in the world in 2018.

Directed by Sasha King, Vicky was voted Best Irish Documentary by the Dublin Film Critics Circle at this year’s Dublin International Film Festival, and was nominated for a Human Rights Award from the Irish Council for Civil Liberties.

The documentary hits Irish theaters on Friday 7 October.

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