Sunday January 26, 2020

Independent review of nurses’ claims is vital

The government needs this dispute like a hole in the head, but it had better not make the same mistakes it made with the Garda pay debacle

3rd February, 2019
Nurses on strike outside Monaghan hospital last week

A mid-winter confrontation with striking nurses is a government’s nightmare. There are bigger challenges to struggle with, like the chaos threatened by a disorderly British departure from the EU. Or the runaway horse that is the National Children’s Hospital rip-off of the taxpayer. But politically, an enduring nurses’ pay dispute can inflict more short-term electoral damage on a government.

The widespread support for the nurses’ action was apparent on day...

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