More than 37,000 members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation have resumed their national strike action today, in a dispute over pay and staff shortages.
Today is the third day on the picket line for nurses.
More than 700 nurses are on the picket line at University Hospital Waterford for a third day today, forcing the cancellation of 657 out-patient appointments and all elective surgery at the 433-bed hospital.
The Emergency Department continues to operate at the hospital, as does emergency orthopaedic and cancer surgery.
700+ nurses on the picket line at University Hospital #Waterford today on day 3 of the #nursesstrike. Nurses say a resolution will have to be found and their resolve isn’t going to be weakened. @rtenews pic.twitter.com/YTGfzzlaJ8— Paschal Sheehy (@PaschalSheehy) February 7, 2019
More than 300 nurses are on strike in Letterkenny today, and are protesting outside the University Hospital and St Conal's Hospital across the road.
They say they are striking for safer staffing in hospitals like LUH and won't be backing down.
Among their chants on the picket line were "safe staffing saves lives" and "Paschal open up your purse, some day you might need a nurse".
Limerick, Tipperary, Clare
Pickets have been placed on six hospitals throughout the mid-west region on the third day of the nurses strike action.
Across the UL Hospitals Group, some 780 outpatient appointments have been cancelled as well as more than 100 day care procedures.
The minor injury units at Ennis and Nenagh hospitals have also been closed.
A spokesperson for the group said that "every effort will be made to reschedule patients as early as possible".
Around 100 nurses and midwives have been picketing the Coombe Maternity Hospital on the third day of strike action by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.
They carried posters saying: "We're having a midwife crisis", "Talks overdue, call the midwife", and "Midwives just wanna have funds".
Thé picket at the Coombe ... pic.twitter.com/ijkP4lV193— Ingrid Miley (@ingridmileyRTE) February 7, 2019
Nurses and midwives on the picket line st Coombe hospital Dublin pic.twitter.com/fgltFiQ9xK— Ingrid Miley (@ingridmileyRTE) February 7, 2019
Nurses in Galway are also on the picket line this morning outside University Hospital Galway.
They say they want to be looking after patients today, but are striking to ensure that care for patients can improve.
When asked about the impact of the strike days on patients, stroke nurse specialist Trish Galvin said:
"There's things happening to these patients every day of the year. It's just because we're on strike today that the focus is on it. There are days I go into our stroke unit and we are lucky if we have one nurse looking after my patients, and that's the reality here, that's what we're all here fighting for," she said.
"Our patients are constantly not getting the care that they deserve and need, and we have to do something about that."