Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health, Stephen Donnelly TD, has said the passing of the Fianna Fáil Private Members Motion on nurses pay and conditions sends a clear message to the Government that urgent action is needed to avert the planned strikes.

The Fianna Fáil motion which called on the Government to engage with nursing organisations the INMO and the PNA, and also called for the establishment of an expert group which would examine the nursing and midwifery profession as well as remuneration, contracts and allowances, was endorsed by the Dáil, with the Government voting against it.

Commenting following the vote in Dáil Éireann Deputy Donnelly said, “Now that the Dáil has made clear its support for nurses and midwives ahead of their strike action it is imperative that the Government take this motion seriously and address the concerns of nurses”, concluded Deputy Donnelly.