Statement by Alan Kelly TD on the passing of Ruth Morrissey

19 July 2020

Commenting on the passing of Ruth Morrissey, Labour Leader, Alan Kelly TD, said:

“I want to offer my condolences and those of the Labour Party to the family and friends of Ruth Morrissey who has passed away after a difficult battle with cancer.

“Ruth and her family have shown so much bravery in the eyes of adversary since her cancer diagnosis.

“It is never easy to go up against the State to challenge an injustice but Ruth did just that.

“I was proud to have attended Ruth Morrissey’s case in the Supreme Court with Vicky Phelan. I have always stood up for Ruth and her family and have raised her case in the Dáil many times.

“The State should never have appealed Ruth’s case given the circumstances but her winning has set the standard now for many women in Ireland.

“Ruth’s fight for justice while enduring a devastating cancer diagnosis has not just been an inspiration for me but for so many people right across our island.

“My thoughts are with Ruth’s family, particularly her husband Paul and daughter Libby who have had to go through so much personally over the last few years.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h’anam dílis.”

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