The State is to pay €2m to 100 nurses whose work experience overseas was not taken into account when they took up positions in Ireland.
The Health Service Executive, backed by the Labour Court refused to recognise a nursing grade in Britain which was not practiced here.
However, the European Commission intervention has overturned the decision, in a move which could be worth €20,000 to each of the 100 nurses involved.
Dave Hughes from the Irish Nurses Organisation said he welcomed the hard fought victory.
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