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20th Mar 2019

Irish HPV vaccine campaigner Laura Brennan dies aged 26

Rudi Kinsella

Laura Brennan

Tragic news.

Laura Brennan, one of Ireland’s leading patient advocates and HPV vaccine campaigners, has died.

Brennan, who had cervical cancer, died today at University Hospital Limerick, Dooradoyle, according to RTÉ.

Minister for Health Simon Harris has paid tribute to Brennan with a message on Twitter, saying: “I am deeply saddened of Laura’s passing. Laura was an incredible young woman and a powerful campaigner.

“Despite her illness, she continued her advocacy and thanks in no small part to her sheer determination, the uptake of the HPV vaccine has increased among young women. The State owes her a debt of gratitude.

“As a person, she was kind, funny and full of life. Her enthusiasm was infectious. Every time I met Laura or spoke with her, I was inspired by her. Amazing doesn’t do justice to her or her courage. I want to extend my deepest condolences to her family and friends.”

The HSE have also posted a tribute on their official Twitter page:

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