McDonald expresses support for nurses
Speaking after attending the lunch time protest organised by the Irish Nurses Organisation and the Psychiatric Nurses Association at the Mater Hospital today Sinn Féin MEP and election candidate for Dublin Central Mary Lou McDonald wished the nurses well in the talks which begin on Monday and said she looks forward to a favourable outcome which guarantees fair pay and a thirty-five hour working week for nurses.
Ms. McDonald said, "Nurses work on the frontline of our health services in very difficult circumstances week in and week out. The failure of successive Governments to reform our grossly inadequate health service has condemned our nurses to shameful working conditions with unbearable pressure on them to work long hours.
"Sinn Féin has argued that the Government must enter into dialogue with the nurses to ensure that their concerns are met and that neither a work to rule nor withdrawal of labour becomes necessary. I am glad of the Government have now belatedly agreed to enter into talks.
"The nurses have the full support of Sinn Féin. I wish them luck in the talks which begin on Monday and look forward to a favourable outcome which guarantees fair pay and a thirty-five hour working week for nurses." ENDS