Aontú representative for Mayo, Paul Lawless, has expressed his disappointment that student nurses are still not getting paid for their work on the frontlines.

Mr Lawless says that back in March the then Minister for Health Simon Harris announced that student nurses would be paid for their work in fighting the virus on the frontlines.

His announcement was largely welcomed and celebrated by students at the time but all these months later student nurses still haven't been paid.

Mr Lawless says that what happened after the Minister's comments in March was that the HSE offered employment to the students. Any student who took that employment and is now back in college is discovering that none of the hours they worked have been counted towards their placement and that they now have to work for free for a number of months to make up the hours.

For students who didn't take up that offer have been working for free on the frontlines for the past number of months in very stressful circumstances.

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