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Nurses and midwives picket over hike in registration fees

More than 1,000 nurses and midwives staged a protest in Dublin today against a 50pc hike in registration fees.

Members from three unions - the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, SIPTU and the Psychiatric Nurses' Association - picketed outside the offices of the Nursing and Midwifery Board in Blackrock in Dublin.

They are objecting in fees to the board jumping to €150 next year.

This protest is the latest step in the nationwide campaign of opposition against the decision of NMBI to increase the retention fee.

This increase would mean that this regulatory body will have sought almost 80pc of an increase, in two years, from all registered nurses and midwives, the INMO said.

The registration fee, for all other health professionals is remaining at €100 until at least January 2017.

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Members of the INMO  pictured during their protest outside the  offices of the Nursing and Midwifery board of Ireland in Blackrock. Pic Frank Mc Grath

Members of the INMO pictured during their protest outside the offices of the Nursing and Midwifery board of Ireland in Blackrock. Pic Frank Mc Grath

Nurses pictured during the INMO  protest outside the offices of the Nursing and Midwifery board of Ireland in Blackrock. Pic Frank Mc Grath

Nurses pictured during the INMO protest outside the offices of the Nursing and Midwifery board of Ireland in Blackrock. Pic Frank Mc Grath

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Members of the INMO pictured during their protest outside the offices of the Nursing and Midwifery board of Ireland in Blackrock. Pic Frank Mc Grath

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