A funeral mass for Emma Mhic Mhathuna, a high-profile figure in the Cervical Check controversy, was held in St Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Dublin city centre yesterday.

After the mass, the cortege passed by Dail Eireann and the Department of Health as a final farewell. It also passed by Aras an Uachtarain prior to her burial in Kildare.

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar requested that flags outside Government Buildings be flown at half-mast in Emma’s honour, and to mark respect for all those affected by the scandal.

It was the second mass for the mother of five, following an Irish-language funeral mass that was held near her home in West Kerry on Tuesday.

Emma passed away last Sunday, five months after being told her cervical cancer was terminal. She was 37 years old. Emma is survived by her five children: Natasha, Seamus, Mario, Oisin and Donnacha.