Thursday July 2, 2020

A citizen hero, a pub bore presidential candidate and the return of a familiar face from the boom years

Matt Cooper looks back at the people who did most to shape the political and business discourse of 2018

23rd December, 2018
Vicky Phelan’s campaigning to highlight the cervical cancer fiasco made her a national hero Pic: Rollingnews

The outstanding public figure of 2018 was Vicky Phelan. A woman who might be called an ordinary citizen, she is actually an extraordinary woman who did extraordinary things, by putting it up to the establishment with devastating effect.

Living with what should be terminal cancer – but fighting it hard with the assistance of new trial drugs – Phelan brought the cervical cancer scandal to public attention, by confronting the state and laboratories in the courts,...

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