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Minister Donohue must meet nursing unions – Senator Máire Devine

28 September, 2016 - by Máire Devine

Sinn Féin Senator Máire Devine has called on Minister Paschal Donohue to engage with nursing unions in relation to the demand to restore the incremental credit for graduate nurses for the 36 week internship from 2011-2015.

Senator Máire Devine said:

“After meeting the INMO, PNA and SIPTU last Thursday, I emailed Minister Donohue’s office seeking to facilitate a meeting between the unions and the Department. I received no reply. I also understand that the unions have contacted Minister Donohue’s office seeking a meeting themselves. They too have received no reply. Today, I raised the matter in Seanad Éireann today and I will continue to fight for the nurses until this is resolved.

“This is no way to be treating young, essential frontline staff who do admirable work in extremely difficult circumstances. The situation which has been created by the Department of Public expenditure is unfair, wrong and deeply discriminatory”.

“I am again calling on Minister Donohue to sit down with the unions and sort this deeply unfair situation out. None of us want this dispute to deteriorate further and certainly, the last thing we need coming into the winter is the sight of our nurses outside the doors of hospitals throughout the Country while hundreds of patients languish on trolleys. 

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