The family of  Emma Mhic Mhathúna have remembered her as “beautiful and brave” on the first anniversary of her death, and have said that they hoped “something positive will come from her journey and her passing”.

Mrs Mhic Mhathúna, a mother of five, was one of 221 women given incorrect smear test results by the Cervicalcheck screening programme. She was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2016, and became a leading advocate for women affected by the cervical check scandal.

She passed away on the 7th of October last year.

A statement issued today on behalf of Emma’s five children, her father Peter and family said:

“With her death a bright light in our lives was extinguished and her beautiful and brave voice silenced. Her pain and suffering was thankfully at an end as she was re-united with her Mam.”

“Five wonderful children tragically lost their Mam at such a tender age in circumstances that are too difficult to contemplate not to mention understand.”

They said her courage and strength would be remembered.

“We would ask that you keep Emma RIP in your hearts and minds today, to remember her fondly and her children as they re-build their lives without their beloved Mam. Emma was a strong and courageous lady and will be remembered as such.”

The family expressed thanks to all those who lent support since Emma’s death: “As her family there are no words that can truly express the depth of our gratitude for what you have done for us over the last year.

“The words ‘thank you’ seem so inadequate but we hope that you will appreciate that your support, whether from family, friends, neighbours and the wider public, meant so much to us all particularly when we needed it most.”

“Be proud of the fact you contributed to ensuring that Emma’s extraordinary life and death were celebrated in such a special way and that hopefully something positive will come from her journey and her passing.”

They also asked for privacy as they continued to remember Emma.

“We are a private family and hope you will appreciate that not withstanding our grief and pain over the loss of our beautiful Emma we will be refraining from further comment.”

“Emma would have wanted us, her family, to thank you the media again for the portrayal of her story and for all the friendship and support showed to her on her journey through illness”