Nursing unions held a protest outside the Dáil today over payments that nurses and midwives who graduated between 2011 and 2015 did not receive.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, the Psychiatric Nurses Association and SIPTU took part and a delegation met Minister for Health Simon Harris afterwards in Leinster House.

Unions say that a deal with the Department of Health in 2015 was to result in the restoration of incremental credit for nurses and midwives, for the 36-week internship from 2011 but it was subsequently only sanction for 2016 graduates onwards.

The clinical placement or internship is undertaken by fourth-year nurses as part of their degree course.

The unions say the failure to award the credit for those who graduated between 2011-2015 means they are earning less than their colleagues pre-2011, which represents a loss of over €1,400 a year for some graduates.

Meanwhile, officials from the Department of Health and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform have met to see if there is scope to review the process of incremental credit to nurses. 

Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil that the Department of Health is due to submit an updated business case to Public Expenditure and Reform on the matter in the coming days.

Mr Kenny was responding to Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams who noted the protest by nurses outside the Dáil at lunchtime.

Deputy Adams called on the Government to honour union agreements and to "end pay discrimination."