The 37-year-old died in Co Kerry on Sunday

Mourners at Emma Mhic Mhathúna's funeral have been told she was a force for good in life.

Fr Paddy Moran said we should be thankful of the gifts Emma gave to the entire nation, such as courage and strength.

The 37-year-old mother of five will be laid to rest in Maynooth later after funeral mass in the Pro Cathedral in Dublin.

President Michael D Higgins and Vicky Phelan are among those who attended the mass today.

Emma Mhic Mhathúna. Photo: Sam Boal/

Following the mass, her cortege is due to pass the Dail, Government Buildings and the Department of Health this afternoon.

It's reported Emma chose the funeral route not to lay blame at the Government's door, but to make politicians ask themselves if they could do better in future to help other women affected by the cervical screening controversy.

During his homily this afternoon, Fr Moran told mourners: "To Emma, thanks for being you and thanks for being such a powerful force of nature and a wonderful force for good. Thank you for touching the hearts of so many people when they heard you telling your story.

"Thank you for the encouragement you give to people who are suffering now, in hospitals, in hospices, in their homes. May they find in your strength courage in their suffering."