Tributes have been pouring in for Vicky Phelan after it was confirmed that she had sadly passed away.
However, it was the message from her family that was the most devastating.
Her husband Jim and their children, Amelia and Darragh, shared their final message to Vicky, describing the loss as a void that could never be filled.
In the poignant statement, they said: “It is with an immense burden of grief that earlier today we bade our final farewell to our beloved Vicky.”
“She was the heart and soul of our family unit and her passing will leave a void in all our lives that, at this point, seems impossible to fill.
“We cherish the memories of a loving wife, mother, daughter and sister, whose ability to deal with the struggles of life has inspired not only ourselves but an entire nation.
“The outpouring of grief and good wishes from far and wide are truly appreciated. Funeral arrangements when made will be private, with an opportunity for people to pay their respects in due course.”
President Michael D Higgins also remembered Vicky for the incredible woman that she was.
“Thanks to her tireless efforts, despite the terrible personal toll she herself had to carry, so many women’s lives have been protected, and will be protected in the future,” the President said.
“All of us who had the privilege of meeting Vicky will have been struck by the powerful inner strength and dignity with which she not only faced her own illness, but with the sense of commitment to the public good and the rights of others with which she campaigned.”
Vicky Phelan passed away in the early hours of Monday morning at Milford Hospice in Limerick at the age of 48 after her original cancer diagnosis in 2014.