Talks between nursing unions and the Health Service Executive took place today at the Workplace Relations Commission in a bid to resolve a dispute over staffing, recruitment and retention.

The dispute has been rumbling on for months and before Christmas members of the INMO voted 90% in favour of industrial action if there is no resolution.

Nurses with the INMO are due to begin a work-to-rule on Tuesday.

A spokesperson for the INMO told RTÉ News that the Executive Council would meet tomorrow afternoon to discuss the outcome of today's talks. 

SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said: "SIPTU nursing and midwifery representatives will attend talks under the auspices of the WRC. They will work as hard as possible to progress the discussions which broke off two weeks ago."

The dispute centres on staff shortages and incentives to recruit and retain nurses. The HSE said agreeing to the demands would cost an extra €180m a year.