|Date:||Friday March 6th|
|Venue:||dlr LexIcon, The Studio|
|Cost:||€15 / €12 *|
* Attend both events on International Women's Day for €20
When Vicky Phelan delivered an emotionally charged statement from the steps of the Four Courts in April 2018 - having refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement in the settlement of her action against the HSE - she unearthed the medical and political scandal of our times affecting the health and well-being of thousands of Irish women. Did she unearth yet another peculiarly Irish example of how one woman’s personal tragedy unleashes a torrent of stories that reveal unequal and unfair treatment of women at the hands of the state? Join Vicky as she shares her inspiring personal story of rare resilience and power with Maia Dunphy.
Vicky Phelan is a campaigner and mother. She is a lifelong learner and has always worked in the education field. She credits her education with giving her the tools to take on her greatest challenge - fighting for her life. By going public on her court action against the HSE in 2018, she broke the cervical cancer scandal, where 221 known sufferers, including herself, were not told of a clinical audit that had revised their earlier negative smear tests; their cancers could possibly have been prevented. Since then she has become a household name in Ireland, for her powerful advocacy work to ensure that standards and accountability are brought to bear within the Irish health service so that what happened to her and others cannot happen again. Her memoir Overcoming was a number one Irish bestseller and shortlisted for two Irish Book Awards.
Maia Dunphy is a Writer and Broadcaster who worked on many RTÉ comedy shows including The Podge & Rodge Show, Katherine Lynch's Wagon's Den as well as the IFTA winning Bronx Bunny Show. Her first venture on screen was From Boom to Maternity followed by Merlot and Me. She then went on to make What Women Want in 2013 and 2014, followed by the highly successful Truth About which aired in Autumn 2015. Maia published a book called The M Word for Mums under pressure to do it all while running on two hours' sleep. She has lived to tell the tale.