Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry Norma Foley has welcomed the decision announced today that student nurses working on the frontline during the COVID19 crisis will be paid.

Deputy Foley wrote to the Health Minister more than a week ago asking him to ensure that student nurses were recognised for the contribution they are making during this health emergency.

She explained, “The situation across our health service has never been more pressurised as medical staff work tirelessly through the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. While many third level students across the country have had their lectures and seminars suspended, student nurses have been deployed to work on the frontline.

“They, along with their colleagues, are putting their own lives on the line to ensure that people get the best treatment possible. However, up until today they were being expected to do that without pay – something which was extremely unfair, and which I highlighted more than a week ago.

“I am pleased that this anomaly has now been rectified and I welcome the announcement by the Health Minister that student nurses will be paid for the duration of the COVID19 crisis. This is only right and fair.

“I also want to thank health workers right across the board, as well as those providing essential services for continuing to put the health and safety of others first and help us get through this uncertain and anxious time”, concluded Deputy Foley.