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State to pay €2m after EU ruling on nursing grades

Published 26/08/2007

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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