• Nurses have been thanking the public for their support on the picket lines last Wednesday.

    INMO members say they were overwhelmed with offers of hot drinks and food from local shops and pubs and cafes, donuts from prison officers and supplies from firefighters.

    They also have huge public support online - ahead a meeting of the union's executive later today, during which decisions will be made about what happens next.

    The INMO's Director of Regulation and Social Policy, Edward Matthews, says going on strike isn't an easy decision, but it can be avoided if the Government supports its nurses:

  • Pickets are to be placed at Lloyds Pharmacy outlets in various parts of the country today by Mandate members.

    The union represents 2 hundred and 70 of the company's 9 hundred and 30 staff.

    About 20 stores across Dublin will be affected, as well as outlets in Mullingar, Wicklow Town, Wexford and Sligo, however, a spokesperson for the pharmacy says all its stores remain open.