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Harney should grant nurses' just demands – Ó Caoláin

13 April, 2007


Speaking ahead of work stoppages by nurses at three hospitals this morning Sinn Féin Dáil leader and Health Spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD called on the Minister for Health Mary Harney to cede to the nurses just demands for a 35-hour working week and fair pay. Deputy Ó Caoláin laid the blame for work stoppages firmly at the door of the Minister who he said had failed to ensure fair working conditions for nurses.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said, "This week's industrial action by the nurses has not come about all of a sudden and is not the preferred option of the nurses. The nurses would much prefer to be in the hospitals looking after their patients. However they have been forced into action by Minister Harney who has failed to ensure fair working conditions for nurses.

"Even at this late stage I would urge Mary Harney to cede to the nurses just demands for fair pay and a thirty-five hour working week.

"Our nurses work in very difficult circumstances on the frontline of our health services. Their job has been made extremely difficult due to the inadequacy of our health services which successive Governments have failed to reform. It is an indictment on this Government that they have had to resort to this form of action." ENDS

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