• Nurses and midwives across the country have taken to the picket lines outside hospitals and HSE facilities since 8am this morning, as they demand pay increases and Government action on staff shortages.

    37,000 INMO members are involved in the industrial action, with 5 further strike days planned during February.

    All elective surgery and outpatient appointments are cancelled today, with local injury units and day care centres remaining closed.

    The HSE is appealing to people not to attend hospital Emergency Departments unless absolutely necessary.

    Nurses and  midwives have gathered in cold conditions this morning to demand  pay increases of around 12 per cent and for the HSE to sort out what they call a recruitment and retention crisis in nursing.

    However, the government says wage hikes for nurses would open the floodgates for other unions to seek pay claims, which the State cannot afford.

    In this region, pickets have been placed on hospitals in Mayo, Galway, Roscommon and Sligo and on a number of primary care centres and health centres run by the HSE.

  • A ballot over strike action is underway among nurses and midwives in a dispute about understaffing and safety in the health service.

    The INMO says low pay is making it impossible to recruit and retain staff, which is risking patient safety, limiting hospital capacity, and contributing to overcrowding.

     Voting will take place in offices, hospitals and workplaces across Ireland until December 13th.

    If the vote is passed, nurses and midwives will stop work for 24 hours.

    Meanwhile, there are 386 patients on hospital trolleys around the country today - including 32 at University Hospital Galway, 21 at Sligo University Hospital and 11 at Mayo University Hospital.




  • Nurses and midwives are gathering in protest at hospitals across the country, demanding the HSE make plans for the expected winter increase in patients.

    INMO figures show that August was the worst on record for overcrowding, with hundreds of vacant nursing posts in emergency departments and wards across Ireland.

    The INMO revealed last week that the HSE still does not have a plan to recruit extra staff or reduce services to cope with the demand.

    Nurses and midwives are protesting this lunchtime at the Main Entrance of University Hospital Galway.

  • Nurses and midwives are threatening more strikes.

    The INMO Executive Council is meeting tomorrow to discuss further industrial action on top of the five days already announced.

    37 thousand nurses staged their first 24 hour strike on Wednesday leading to thousands of appointments being cancelled.

    The union says the government hasn't made any "serious proposals" to avert more strikes and say they've been forced into this position.

  • Nurses at hospitals in Cork, Galway and Limerick are to hold lunchtime protests this week.

    It's in response to problems of staff shortages and overcrowding at emergency departments facing many hospitals around the country.

    It follows a meeting between the Irish Nurses and Midwives organisation and the HSE yesterday.

    In the meeting, the health service revealed they had no emergency department plan for the coming winter while

    Other issues surrounding filling positions for those on maternity leave were also highlighted.


  • Nurses have been thanking the public for their support on the picket lines last Wednesday.

    INMO members say they were overwhelmed with offers of hot drinks and food from local shops and pubs and cafes, donuts from prison officers and supplies from firefighters.

    They also have huge public support online - ahead a meeting of the union's executive later today, during which decisions will be made about what happens next.

    The INMO's Director of Regulation and Social Policy, Edward Matthews, says going on strike isn't an easy decision, but it can be avoided if the Government supports its nurses:

  • The country's nurses and midwives will strike for 24 hours on Wednesday January 30th.

    40,000 members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation will undertake the action after members voted in favour of strike action by 95 percent.

    If their dispute with the government goes unresolved, there will be further 24-hour stoppages on February 5th, 7th, 12th, 13th and 14th.

    The strikes centre on low wages as well as recruitment and retention problems.

    The Government has ruled out granting the 12 percent pay rise sought by nurses and says there would be knock on claims across the public sector.

  • Nurses have warned that the conditions endured by patients in hospital Emergency Departments are in danger of getting worse next winter.

    Speaking at the Oireachtas Health Committee yesterday, unions expressed fears that an extra 600 beds which are promised to cope with winter overcrowding will not be in place.

    Phil Ni Sheaghdha,General Secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, said there were scores of patients on trolleys again yesterday despite the good weather. She said patients and nurses "face massive overcrowding in emergency departments, with a record high of 714 patients on trolleys one day this year".

    She said that Irish nursing wages simply aren't at the races when it comes to the international job market, and that delays in recruiting new nurses will cause more overcrowding in emegency departments this winter....

  • The HSE says it will do everything it can to restore normal service following the suspension of this week's nurses strike.

     Outpatient appointments are set to go ahead as planned today and patients with appointments for today, tomorrow and Thursday are advised to attend as scheduled.

    Surgical patients will be contacted by their hospital if their procedure is going ahead.

    Nurses could get pay rises of around 7 percent as part of the Labour Court deal which will be balloted on within the next month

    Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe refused to be drawn on the details before briefing his Cabinet colleagues but he confirmed he would be recommending acceptance.

    Health Minister Simon Harris says he’s confident the HSE can quickly restore services to the country's hospitals.

    The INMO's Phil Ní Sheaghdha, says more negotiation is needed on some aspects of the deal.

    Meanwhile patient representatives say the industrial relations system has failed the people of Ireland with the length of time it's taken to get to this point, and lessons should be learned to ensure it doesn't happen again.


  • Over 10 thousand people were waiting on trolleys in hospitals last month - the worst April on record.

     The figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation show an 8 per cent increase on April 2018 and a 125 percent increase on the same month in 2006 when records began.

     The worst affected hospital for overcrowding was University Hospital Limerick with 1,026 patients followed by Cork, while University Hospital Galway had the third-highest trolley numbers with 638 people waiting on trolleys during the month of April.

    That's a four-fold increase at the Galway Hospital since 2006 when records began.

    At Mayo University Hospital 272 patients spend time on trolleys last month, while 446 patients were on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital.


  • Hospitals have begun cancelling thousands of medical appointments, planned for Thursday, as tensions between nurses and the government deepen.

    Up to 50,000 outpatient appointments and planned procedures nationally have not gone ahead today, with 37,000 INMO members picketing 240 hospitals and HSE facilities.

    In this region, pickets have been placed on Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo and Galway University Hospitals as well as Merlin Park and Portiuncla Hospitals in Co Galway as well as the injury unit at Roscommon Hospital.

    A number of primary care centres and nurse-led day centres are also closed.

    Another day of strike action on pay and staff shortages is planned for Thursday, leading to some hospitals texting patients to reschedule.

    Over 500 nurses and midwives are involved in today's protest outside Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar.

    Despite poor weather conditions, nurses turned out in big numbers to call for increased pay, and safer staffing levels on wards.

  • The number of patients on hospital trolleys has risen over the 700-mark today, making it one of the busiest days since records began.

    According to the latest trolley watch from the INMO, there are 714 patients on trolleys at hospitals across the country.

    University Hospital Limerick is the most-overcrowded with 80 patients on trolleys, followed by Galway University Hospital where 45 patients are on trolleys.

    There are 35 patients waiting for a bed this lunchtime at Sligo University Hospital and 24 at Mayo University Hospital, with 13 people on trolleys at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.




  • Public hospitals, healthcare facilities, day care centres and community nursing services will all be disrupted tomorrow, as the first day of industrial action by nurses looks set to go ahead.

    37,000 nurses who are members of the INMO will take part in a 24-hour work stoppage from 8am tomorrow morning in a row over pay, and recruitment & retention issues.

    The HSE has confirmed that elective surgical procedures and outpatient appointments have been cancelled.

    Local Injury Units will not operate tomorrow, and with the exception of cancer surgery, all other planned in-patient and day case surgery has been cancelled.

    All public day centres for older people or people with disabilities, where nurses are employed, will be closed tomorrow, all routine community nursing services and Health Centre clinics where nurses participate will also be cancelled.

    Hospital emergency departments, emergency theatres, maternity services, dialysis, palliative care and oncology services including chemotherapy and radiotherapy will operate during tomorrow's strike.

    However, the HSE is advising people only to attend Emergency Departments if absolutely necessary.

    Meanwhile, there are 587 patients on hospital trolleys across the country today.

    Galway University Hospital is the third-busiest in the country with 53 patients waiting for a bed.

    There are 40 patients on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital, 16 at Mayo University Hospital and 11 at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.


  • Sligo University Hospital has the second highest number of patients on trolleys nationally today, according to the INMO.

    There are 28 patients waiting for a bed at the Sligo hospital - second only to 46 patients on trolleys at Limerick University Hospital.

    8 patients are waiting for a bed at UHG and 4 at Mayo University Hospital, while across the country, the number on trolleys today is 297.

    Sligo University Hospital has seen a dramatic rise in the number of patients on trolleys over the past month.

    During the month of October, there were 454 people on trolleys - more than double the figure for October last year.

  • 478 patients are waiting for a bed at hospitals across the country this morning.

    321 of them are waiting in emergency departments, according to the INMO.

    Sligo University Hospital and University Hospital Limerick both have 37 people on trolleys followed by Cork University Hospital on 35.

    There are 28 patients on trolleys today at University Hospital Galway, 22 at Mayo University Hospital and there is one patient on a trolley today at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

  • 234 admitted patients are waiting for beds this morning, according to today’s INMO Trolley Watch figures.


    The worst-hit hospital today is Sligo University Hospital where 23 people are awaiting beds.


    That’s followed by Letterkenny University Hospital and St Vincent’s University Hospital with 18 each.


    In this region, there are 8 patients waiting on a trolley at University Hospital Galway and there are currently no patients waiting for beds at either the Portiuncla Hospital, Ballinasloe, or at Mayo University Hospital.

  • Sligo University Hospital is the 4th most-overcrowded hospital in the country today, with 42 patients on trolleys.

    There are 21 patients on trolleys at both University Hospital Galway and Portiuncla in Ballinasloe, with 13 people waiting for a bed at Mayo University Hospital.

    The INMO says, across the country, 649 patients on are on trolleys today, waiting for admission to a bed.

    That's 30 fewer than yesterday - which was the busiest day of the year so far for trolley figures.

  • Hospitals are facing major disruption, after talks to avert a strike by over 40-thousand nurses, ended without agreement last night.

    The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation was locked in three days of talks with the HSE at the Workplace Relations Commission to try and avert the threatened action, which begins on Wednesday.

    It's the first of six 24-hour nationwide work stoppages - and potentially the largest health-service strike in the country's history. 


  • Talks will get back underway at the Labour Court this morning to try and find a breakthrough in the nurses dispute.

    The HSE, INMO and government officials held 10 hours of discussions on pay and working conditions yesterday, which finished up in the early hours of this morning.

    The industrial action by 40 thousand nurses and midwives looks set to go ahead on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

    Psychiatric nurses are also set to strike - meaning up to 80 thousand medical appointments could be cancelled.

  • Hospital overcrowding is now out of control, according to the INMO, with a record 1,718 patients on trolleys in the first 3 days of this week.

    Galway University Hospital was the third most overcrowded between last Monday and Wednesday, with 125 people waiting for a bed over the 3 days.

    The INMO says these figures confirm that demand for emergency admissions continues to grow, with hospitals unable to provide the necessary capacity in terms of beds or staff.

    INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghda says we are now in the second week of April, and the numbers on trolleys are getting higher.

    She’s calling for the Government to recognise that the health service is in crisis, and requires immediate intervention.

    Meanwhile, Taoiseach Leo Varadker is visiting Galway University Hospital this afternoon.

    There are 26 patients on trolleys at the Galway Hospital today, with 25 at Sligo University Hospital, 13 at Mayo University Hospital and 5 on trolleys at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

    Across the country today, the total trolley count is 548 – an increase of almost 60% on this day last year.