Sinn Féin stands with nurses and midwives - Martin Kenny TD
Sinn Féin TD for Sligo, Leitrim, North Roscommon and South Donegal Martin Kenny, today pledged support for the nurses in their industrial action due to take place on Wednesday.
Deputy Kenny said:
“There is not a man, woman or child in this country that does not recognise the hard work, dedication and skills of our nation’s nurses, except of course the government and HSE which insists on down-facing them on pay and recruitment.
“While hoping that the strike action will not take place and calling on the Taoiseach to intervene with some meaningful initiative which would avert industrial action, I want to say that I stand with the nurses and midwives.
“Anyone admitted or visiting a hospital can see that there is a recruitment and retention crisis in nursing and midwifery and the associated issue of pay is one of the most significant problems affecting the health service.
“The government cannot pretend that this issue has taken them by surprise. Last April Sinn Féin introduced a Private Members Motion entitled ‘Nurses' and Midwives' Pay and Recruitment’ which was unanimously passed by the house, however, the government refused to implement its recommendations.
“Fine Gael have had nearly eight years to address the crisis; far from resolving the relevant issues, the situation has become worse.
“Indeed, the response by government TDs, government Ministers, and even the Taoiseach to nurses and midwives raising their concerns has been to verbally attack them, threaten them and insult them.
“Members of the INMO and the PNA have not taken this decision lightly - this is their last resort. I will join them on the picket line when I can and call on the public to support these fine workers in their fight for decent pay.”