Thousands of people march through Dublin in support of striking nurses and midwives 9 months ago

Thousands of people march through Dublin in support of striking nurses and midwives

Thousands of people took to the streets of Dublin today for a rally in support of the striking nurses and midwives.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) said on Twitter that they had heard estimates of 45,000 people turning out for the march.

The rally began at the Garden of Remembrance and went through the capital, before going to the back of Leinster House at Merrion Square.

The INMO, who organised the rally, had asked anyone "whose lives have been touched by nurses and midwives to stand with us" and join the march.

Student nurses and midwives with suitcases led the rally, calling on the government to give them a reason to stay and work in Ireland.

The march followed three days of strike action in the last two weeks. Three more strike days are planned for the next week.

Ahead of the rally,Β INMO President Martina Harkin-Kelly said:

β€œWe have been deeply humbled by the public support for us during this strike. None of us want to be on strike, but it’s heartening to know that the public have our backs when we do.

β€œI’m asking anyone whose lives have been touched by nurses and midwives to stand with us on Saturday.

β€œThis dispute must be resolved. Nurses and midwives are united and the public stand with us. Now it’s time for the government to make serious proposals to avert more strike.”

Exploratory talks between the health chiefs and the INMO, along with the Psychiatric Nurses Association, resumed this afternoon.