A woman with terminal cervical cancer has settled her court case over the alleged misreading of a smear test for €2.5 million.
The mother of two, who is in her 40s, had sued over the test that was taken in 2010 under the CervicalCheck programme.
The settlement has been reached with a Texas lab called Clinical Pathology Laboratories, which admitted a breach of duty in relation to the reading of the smear.
Proceedings against the HSE and two other labs have been struck out.
The High Court heard the woman - who cannot be named by an order of the court - has a life expectancy of 12 to 22 months.
In a statement read out by her solicitor outside the court, the woman said: “The last few months have been so stressful for me and my family - just that thought of facing court as I recover from the last treatments of chemotherapy."
She said she is "glad now that this battle is over", but added she is still leaving the court today with cancer.
Her solicitor Cian O'Carroll said it is an extremely difficult time for the woman and her family.
He explained: "Both she and her husband gave evidence to the court, and I think it was very clear to everyone here how it's distressing for them.
"It's the absence of hope when you're given that type of news from your doctors... then the knowledge that it was completely avoidable. That must be extremely difficult to live with and deal with."