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The healthcare crisis is escalating as the nurses and midwives remain on strike for another day this week.

The impact on tens of thousands of patients is causing chaos, as members of the public are asked not to use out of hours GP services as hundreds of doctors gather for a protest in Dublin.

News has since emerged that a rally will take place this Saturday, allowing members of the public to support the nurses and Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO).

Over 35,000 nurses and midwives voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action late last year, with their first 24-hour stoppage taking place on January 30 and second strike occurring yesterday.

The Facebook post reads; "Join the nurses' protest, called by the INMO, this Sat 12.30pm Parnell Square Dublin. Leo Varadkar and the Fine Gael led government are refusing to negotiate with the nurses."

It continues, "They are ignoring the huge public support for their legitimate claims. Most of us know that nurses deserve equality of treatment with other professional grades, better pay will help ease the recruitment crisis and that means better patient care in our hospitals."

"Nurses do not want to strike – they would prefer to care for their patients. We can help by turning our sympathy into a major display of solidarity." it concludes, calling on the public to text their numbers to join the rally at the Garden of Remembrance.

Further strike action is expected to take place on February 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, and 21, which is sure to affect a huge amount of patients.

Patients are being asked by the National Association of GP Co-ops to travel to emergency departments, or to wait to see their own GP if any ailment is experienced.

Other disruptions include the cancellation of outpatient appointments, non-urgent surgery, and respite, rehabilitation, and day centre services. An estimated 50,000 patients in the past week were affected.

Another strike is expected tomorrow, with up to 75,000 people likely to be affected. 

As of last night, there appears to be little hope of resolving the pay dispute, with the INMO accusing the Government of “recycling” ideas and calling on them to “come to the table unconditionally”.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar admitted that direct contact should have been made with nursing unions regarding further talks at the Workplace Relations Commission to resolve their dispute, instead of through a press release.

He responded to critique from  Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, who claimed the statement was an "appalling and a pathetic way" to approach the dispute.

Yesterday, the Fine Gael Government issued a statement saying it was willing to engage in talks on issues other than pay to try to overcome the nurses' strike.

General Secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation Phil Ni Sheaghdha said the Government had not communicated directly with the unions.

Adult mental health services are also coming under huge strain today and tomorrow due to a ban on overtime, including night rosters, as members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) engage in industrial action. 

Doctors will join the disagreement by heading to the Dáil to protest at conditions and pay cuts, which was organised by the National Association of General Practitioners.

Other aspects of the healthcare crisis involve a lack of beds, and the disastrous cost of the new National Paediatric Hospital, which sum now stands at €1.7 billion.

Feature image: Extra.ie



Emotional tributes and forms of creative protest have been occurring worldwide for the 17-year-old woman involved in this week's Cork rape trial, which saw a female barrister use the young woman's underwear as evidence against her.

According to the barrister, the woman's lace thong proved that she was 'open to meeting someone and being with someone', leading to the organisation of mass rallies in support of the victim.

The 27-year-old man accused of raping her in an alleyway was acquitted of rape following barrister's Elizabeth O'Connell's finishing statements.

Among the tributes to the young woman is a hauntingly beautiful rendition of a song, penned by a young woman of similar age to the girl involved:

The video, which was shared on Twitter by her brother John Gaughan, has been steadily gaining in views since it was uploaded.

The lyrics echo the sentiments of outraged women all over the country, who are refusing to accept that underwear can play a part in consent and can also be used as evidence in a court of law.

"What are you wearing underneath? Isn't for you to see unless I want that to be, is that clear?"

"No please, can you stop? That should be enough for you to f*cking wise up, is that clear?"


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"Consent is what we're told, at 17-years-old, is what we wear underneath our clothes. Victims become accused of the crime they didn't do, responsibility is abused."

"We shouldn't have to fear for this to happen to us or someone that we love, is that clear?"

"Something has to change with the mindset of today, it's still not clear."

Anger has spread around Ireland as well as in other countries around the world as a result of the latest controversial rape trial.

ROSA and Ruth Coppinger TD have both requested that strikes occur as a form of protest against the handling of sexual violence cases as well as consent and Irish sex education on International Women's Day.

A review of the handling of sexual assault cases in Northern Ireland been released today, stating that members of the public be excluded from such trials following the high profile Belfast case.

The report, written by retired judge John Gillen and states that access to trials involving serious sexual offences should be confined to close family members of the complainant, the defendant as well the media. 

In the Republic of Ireland system, rape trials are already closed to the public. 

It remains to be seen if any positive consequences will occur as a result of the protests, we hope improvements can be made for the sake of sexual assault and rape victims in Ireland.

Feature image: ABC News



Make sure to hurry up and book that last minute holiday to Spain, Bali, or wherever you can soak up the last bits of summer sunshine.

It seems the Ryanair strikes are finally over!

Which means we can finally fly somewhere without the possibility of cancelled flights looming over us.

Yesterday, after months of pilots’ disputes, the airline company reached an agreement with the trade union Fórsa, according to The Irish Times.

But it wasn’t easy for the two parties to find a settlement that satisfied the union pilots and the low-cost airline.

It took long nights, copious amounts of caffeine, and compromise from both sides.

And finally, after 22 hours of negotiation from Wednesday to Thursday morning, they found a way to end the ongoing disputes.

The verbal deal is not quite set in stone yet, for it is set to go to ballot where it will be voted on by about 100 Dublin-based, Ryanair pilots.

Nevertheless, the company seems confident the agreement will be passed as it will be backed by both the pilots and Fórsa representatives.

Due to the pilots' hectic travel schedule, the ballot is predicted to take two weeks to organise.

Both Ryanair and Fórsa have been instructed not to discuss the details of the reached proposal until the ballot is over.

The Ryanair strikes have resulted in five days of strike action by about 100 Dublin-based pilots.

Ryanair pilots in Germany, Ireland, Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands also took part in the strikes, resulting in the largest walkout for the airline ever.

We are so glad that an agreement has been reached that works for both the pilots and the airline.

Now, we can book those last minute holidays and enjoy the little while of summer we have left. 



It has been confirmed that Ryanair will cancel up to 30 Irish flights this Thursday, 12 July due to strike action by pilots.

Pilots will strike for 24 hours on Thursday. The strike will begin at 1am  and end at 1am the next day.

They are taking action following a conflict over management’s approach to the transferring of pilots between it's African and European bases.

Ryanair said only some services will be affected by the strike. Flights from Ireland to Europe will continue as normal.

The airline has issued a statement following the strike announcement. They said they tried their best to avert this disruption, but it will go ahead on Thursday.
"All customers on these flights have received text and email notification of these cancellations earlier today and our Customer Service teams are assisting them with refunds, free transfers to alternative flights on Thursday, or Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

"For customers travelling to the UK we will also be assisting them with alternative transport on comparable operators (both flights & ferries) where there is some limited space available."



Commuter chaos ensued this morning when Dublin Bus, Irish Rail and Dart services were all disrupted by secondary strikes.

The only good thing to come of all this inconvenience?

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Well, the Twitter banter of course.

Here's a few of our favourite tweets by commuters:

10. This one's a little rude, but we're sure some people shared this sentiment.

9. This is so true.

8. The sass.

7.The irony.

6. The Luas is the only service running today so YEAH!

5. You and me both, Shane.

4. Hipsters doing it right.

3. Taxi drivers are going to be minted by the end of the day.

2. An actual gif of everyone waiting at bus tops this morning for services that never came.

1. Some people are more angry with the Minister of Transport than the transport services.



We knew this was coming, and yet nothing prepared us for the chaos seen in Dublin city and its suburbs today.

With the memory of the recent Luas strikes still fresh in the public’s mind, we squared our shoulders and navigated the Dublin Bus strike as best we could, but Christ it wasn’t easy.

Speaking ahead of the anticipated disruption, AA’s Conor Faughnan said: “I think it will be particularly bad on the N11 corridor coming in to town.”

“We're also likely to see heavy traffic on the Naas Road, the Lucan Road and on the northside, the Swords Road,” he added.

Commenting on this morning’s developments, a spokeswoman for AA Roadwatch said: “Traffic was backed up to Junction 6 Celbridge by 8.15am with long delays reported to the M50 which also saw increased volumes in traffic at a much earlier time than we would usually see.”

With an extra 25,000 cars on the roads, the vast majority of commuters spent hours at a standstill while others were involved in collisions as motorists struggled to contend with the heavier traffic.

Oh, and anyone who thought they had escaped the chaos by hopping on a Luas was in for a rude awakening as tram drivers announced a technical fault between Brides Glen and Carrickmines which ground services between the Green Line stops to a halt.

All in all, the morning's chaos made for some pretty classic tweets… you can't say we don't know how to laugh in the face of adversity.

1. This guy

2. This other guy

3. They know what's up

4. This gal

5. When is Moe not appropriate?



If you're a regular Dublin Bus user, you'll be well aware that industrial action means services will come to a standstill for six days across September.

But did you know that in preparation for the first day of strike action on Thursday September 8th, service will actually terminate from 9pm on Wednesday September 7th?

According to Newstalk, Dublin Bus have advised customers of this change to schedule, saying they have "no option but to terminate all routes at [9pm] on Wednesday night."

Elaborating on the plans, they explain that final departures on all routes will be "up to and including' 9pm, to ensure 'safe and secure' return of buses to depots."

Despite talks last Friday, those involved failed to resolve issues surrounding drivers' pay wages, and Dublin Bus has urged drivers not to commit to strike action.

"Dublin Bus has urged trade unions not to engage in this industrial action which will cause unnecessary inconvenience to customers," they advised.

"We will continue to make every endeavour to avoid any disruption to services and find a resolution to the matter." the company said.

Urgh, we feel a meltdown coming on.



We were waiting with bated breath to hear the outcome of today's meeting between unions representing Dublin Bus and management.

And it's officially in.

Despite the efforts of those involved in this afternoon's gathering, a resolution has not been found which means that a series of strikes set for this month will go ahead as planned.

According to general secretary of the National Bus and Rail Union, Dermot O' Leary, the meeting was little more than a ruse to suggest that the issue could be resolved swiftly.

"We did advise in advance of our meeting that parading all parties through the door to create what has now transpired to be a false and misleading impression that the issue of pay could be magically resolved was something that staff and commuters would find intolerable," he said.

"The one common thread across all industrial relations disputes is that they are ultimately resolved," he continued.

"However it takes more than the commitment of one party to effect an agreement, shirking responsibility, or remaining aloof is not conducive to settling this dispute, the onus is now on the shareholder to unshackle the restraints on Dublin Bus and allow it the opportunity to work with its staff towards finding a solution." he finished.

Dublin Bus users will be affected on the following dates: Thursday, September 8th, Friday 9th, Thursday 15th, Friday 16th, Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th



Luas drivers have announced SIX more strike days over the next month.

SIPTU confirmed that the light rail system will take five 24-hour stoppages as well as a four-hour stoppage.

Full strike days will take place on 28 April and 4, 13, 20 and 27 May.

The four-hour strike will take place on May 26 between 3pm and 7pm. 

These strikes come in addition to two stoppages already planned for April 23 and 24.