Thousands of nurses and their supporters from all over Ireland have taken to the streets of Dublin in a national rally.
Demonstrators marched in the city centre as the dispute continues over pay and conditions.
Talks will resume this afternoon at the Labour Court aimed at resolving the dispute.
The discussions were adjourned after nine hours of talks yesterday, ahead of a further three days of strike action next week.
A major protest got underway at the Garden of Remembrance this afternoon, organised by the INMO and PNA unions.
The thousands of demonstrators then marched towards Merrion Square and Government Buildings.
Thousands of nurses have turned out for a national rally at Dublin’s Garden of Remembrance today to ask for better pay & conditions #NursesStrike #StandWithNursesAndMidwives @NewstalkFM pic.twitter.com/j9OCQsSirF
— Derek Ryan (@derekryan) February 9, 2019
One nurse from Waterford explained: "Today is really important.
Today we need the public to come out with us, and show the Government that we're serious and we're prepared to do with it takes to get this dispute resolved.
Further strike days have been announced for the 12th, 13th and 14th next week.
43,000 nurses from the INMO and PNA will take part in the action.
Psychiatric nurses yesterday announced three further days of strikes on February 19th, 20th and 21st.
Labour Court talks will get back underway from around 3:30pm this afternoon.