Representatives from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation are to meet with the HSE this afternoon.

The talks, taking at the Workplace Relations Commission, are aimed at averting planned strike action - the first of which is due to take place a week from today.

The union says that low levels of pay have left the public health service unable to recruit and retain enough nurses and midwives to safely care for patients.

INMO spokesperson Phil Ní Sheaghdha says that even though "no serious proposals" have been brought forward so far, she's hopeful progress can be made at today's talks:

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