A last-ditch attempt to resolve the dispute between nurses and the Health Service Executive over better pay and working conditions has begun at government buildings.
Talks have resumed this afternoon in the hope of averting major disruption at the country's hospitals.
The Irish Nurses Organisation and the Psychiatric Nurses Association want a pay increase of over 10 per cent for their members, and a reduction in the working week.
Speaking on his way in to the talks, the INO's General Secretary Liam Doran said patient safety won't be put at risk if the work-to-rule goes ahead.
"All nurses will be providing all direct nursing care to all patients in hospitals and health centres next week. They will not suffer as a result of this strategy of ours," he said.