More than 27,000 nurses went on strike on 19 October, 1999 in what was described as the darkest day in the history of the profession. The dispute was over pay.
Pickets were in place at more than a thousand locations around the country, while health service employers called the management of emergency services
a logistical nightmare.
The ICTU General Secretary, Peter Cassells, said the negotiation process could involve direct negotiations, with any outstanding issues referred to a third party.
Peter Cluskey reports for RTÉ News and speaks to nursing staff on the pickets, and Liam Doran of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Association (INMO).
This report was broadcast on 19 October 1999.