At yesterday’s monthly meeting of Mayo County Council, councillors gave their full support to nurses and their pay demands
A motion calling on the Taoiseach to immediately intervene to resolve the nurses’ pay dispute was unanimously passed by councillors.
The discussion took place before yesterday evening’s decision by nurses to suspend this week’s three day strike action.
Three members of the INMO attended in the public gallery of Aras an Chontae and listened to the contribution of 19 councillors speaking in strong support of the nurses and their claims.
Independent cllr Seamus Weir called for standing orders to be suspended to allow discussion on the nurses’ dispute. His motion was immediately seconded by Independent cllr Frank Durcan.
Then for the next 90 minutes, 19 councillors spoke in favour of improving conditions and the salaries of nurses.
Councillors called for a similar motion to be resolved in every county council nationally.
Immediately afterwards Donna Hyland , a Mayo based nurse and an INMO executive member told Midwest News that it means a lot to nurses that they have the backing of local elected representatives.