HSE management have acknowledged that an ongoing dispute involving maintenance staff at Mayo University Hospital has resulted in some delays in getting maintenance work done at the hospital.

Maintenance staff have been engaged in unofficial industrial action for several months, to highlight concerns over changes to their contract of employment.

The protests have been taking place at lunchtime outside the hospital.

Independent Castlebar Councillor Michael Kilcoyne raised the issue at a recent meeting of the HSE Regional Forum, and asked what impact the dispute is having.

HSE management said the industrial action has resulted in some delays in getting general maintenance work done at the hospital, and said they're currently working with the maintenance department to resolve any issues.

Councillor Kilcoyne told Midwest News that he believes the situation has been allowed to go on for too long.

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