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Nurses emigrating for a more humane working life, says Green Party

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The Green Party in Cork described the second day of industrial action by nurses and midwives today as justified.

The party says that the Government is putting out exaggerated figures for the nurses’ wage claims in an attempt to discredit their case. The figure of €300m does not take into account income tax returns from increased salaries or reduced agency costs, which currently run to €100m per year due to understaffing.

Speaking this morning, Liam Quaide, the party’s candidate in Cork East, said:

“We stand with the nurses in their claims. The conditions that many nurses face on a daily basis are totally unacceptable. Understaffed wards are putting patients at risk. To have a decent healthcare system we need to value our nurses and this means addressing legitimate concerns about pay, conditions and staffing levels.”

Mr Quaide criticised the government’s decision to take legal advice on applying sanctions, including wage penalties, to striking nurses:

“I work with highly qualified and skilled nurses in the mental health system and have seen the struggles new entrants experience with low pay. There are 1754 fewer staff nurses in the system than ten years ago, despite an increased and older population. The extremely stressful situations that our nurses are working in take a considerable toll on their well-being. They are often expected to meet the the needs of too many patients and can endure the frustration of the public on a daily basis as a result. 2018 was the worst year on record for hospital overcrowding.”

“These pressures, coupled with poor wage prospects, have led to a large number of graduating nurses emigrating for a more humane working life. This is a great loss to our health service and, for those nurses who wish to return but who cannot face conditions here, is a serious personal price to pay.”

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Cobh Community Centre give generous donation to St. Vincent De Paul

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The cheque of €500 was presented to St. Vincent de Paul on Tuesday evening at the Community Centre. It was part of the proceeds from the Centre’s ‘Christmas Variety Concert’. John Coleman, Chairman of the Cobh Community Centre, thanked all the groups that performed at the concert last December, including nearby colleges St. Mary’s National School, Bunscoil Rinn an Chabhlaigh and Scoil Iosaef. Members of the Fundraising Committee – Manager, Gwen O’Halloran, Majella Smith, Martin O’Leary and Catherine Jefferson – also expressed their appreciation for the spirited and uplifting performances that were given last December by the Children’s Theatre, the Cope Foundation Day Unit, Pop & Rock and the Carrigtwohill Gospel Choir. Thanking the Cobh Community Centre, Liz O’Driscoll and Aine O’Regan from St. Vincent de Paul said, “Our charity receives much focus around Christmas time, which is a great thing, but our work is ongoing, year-round. Therefore, donations at this time of year are especially important to us.”

The Chairman used the presentation of the cheque to St. Vincent de Paul to announce ambitious plans to increase the usage of the Centre’s many and varied facilities. John noted, “Cobh Community Centre has great potential for hosting a variety of both community and commercial activities as well as training sessions. We offer convenience plus first-class facilities. That’s a package that’s hard to top! We are also constantly expanding and upgrading our classes and events. So, there is something here for everyone in the Cobh community…the Centre literally does what it says on the tin!”

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