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'When they scrap night pay you think what's the point?'

LIZ GREENE (32) is on maternity leave from her job as a nurse and midwife in the Rotunda Hospital. However, further cuts to her pay could force her to quit that job.

"When your pay is coming back and back you start to wonder should I even go back to work at all and would it be worth it to pay childcare and go back at such reduced rates.

"And then when they are doing away with weekend and night pay you really start to think – 'what's the point?'"

Liz's son Edur Baigorri-Greene is three months old and with her salary being hit, every week is a struggle to try to provide for him. Before any cuts, Liz would normally take home €3,000 in a 'good' month. Now her monthly wage rarely surpasses €2,600.

"Will I be able to make the bills and mortgage? That is what you are looking at now. We are in negative equity so we can't sell and we have to stay where we are.

"In terms of having a bigger family, it would be in the back of my mind if I could afford childcare, school books and costly extras."