Adams and Ó Caoláin call on Taoiseach to intervene to resolve nurses' dispute
Following a meeting this morning with representatives of the Irish Nurses Organisation and the Psychiatric Nurses Association in the Cavan/Monaghan constituency, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams and Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin have called on the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to immediately intervene to help resolve the dispute between the nursing unions and the HSE.
Describign the role of nurses as “the most essential of essential services”, Adams and Ó Caolain stated:
“We believe that nurses and midwives have been undervalued within the Irish health service for generations. Today they are holding together a public hospital service that is in a state of recurring crisis. They are on the front line of care for patients.
“The INO and PNA claims in relation to a shorter working week and pay anomalies are justified and progress should be made on them without delay. These are not new claims and the nurses are understandably frustrated at lack of progress to date.
“There is an obligation on the wider trade union movement to unreservedly support the nurses’ campaign at this time. The principle of solidarity with front-line public service workers campaigning for justice should transcend any other considerations to do with partnership agreements or benchmarking.
“We call on the Taoiseach to intervene immediately to help resolve the dispute between the nursing unions and the HSE.”