The Labour Court has announced it will intervene in the nurses dispute.
37,000 members of the Irish Nurses and midwives Organisation are due to take to the picket lines over the next 3 days along with 6,000 members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association.
The parties involved in the dispute have been called for a Labour Court hearing at 3.30 this afternoon.
Meanwhile, there are almost 600 people on hospital trolleys nationally today, according to the latest figures from the INMO.
In this region, there are 32 patients on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital, 25 waiting for a bed at Mayo University Hospital, 23 at UHG and 4 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.