37,000 nurses and midwives have taken to the picket line outside hospitals and HSE facilities today.
The strike is the largest one in the history of the health service, with INMO members braving the icy conditions from 8am this morning demanding pay increases and government action on staff shortages.
People have largely shown their support for the strike, and this can be seen across social media with passersby offering encouragement and refreshments to those picketing.
Here are a selection of some of the sights and sounds from the day so far:
Nurses and midwives at SIVUH #Cork, #Tullamore, St Columcille's and UH #Sligo all out in force this morning . 🙋♀️👏👊#standwithnurses #standwithmidwives https://t.co/ua8qW23Ea7 pic.twitter.com/of7WfrmWBK— Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation (@INMO_IRL) January 30, 2019
H’on the Nurses. We’ll ALL need them at some stage in our lives but today they need us! This morning I was proud to #StandwithNursesAndMidwives on the #NursesStrike and say a few words to rally spirits on the picket line at St. James Hosp pic.twitter.com/B23A3F8cLc— Anne-Marie McNally (@amomcnally) January 30, 2019
On the picket lines at St Finbarr’s Hospital, Cork. One nurse told me she earned more in Australia 25 yrs ago than she does in Ireland now. #StandWithNursesAndMidwives #NursesStrike pic.twitter.com/9P81aWQ0LS— Mick Barry TD (@MickBarryTD) January 30, 2019
About to make the journey to #Letterkenny to #StandWithNursesAndMidwives Nurses drive in this sort of weather all the time to care for patients. Only fitting we should do the same. #NursesStrike #Snow #Sneachta #Donegal #Inishowen pic.twitter.com/JlV1LcosjS— Sinéad Nic Stíobhaird (@sineadstewartDL) January 30, 2019
Have just been down to visit the superstar midwives and nurses at Holles Street. The amount of support they are getting from the public is unreal! #StandWithNursesandMidwives #NursesStrike pic.twitter.com/Pnoin04QPg— Siobhán de Paor (@SiobhandeP) January 30, 2019
❤❤❤🇪🇸🇪🇸🇪🇸 pic.twitter.com/lOTeuElJnl— Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation (@INMO_IRL) January 30, 2019