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Mother’s pride: Avril Flynn, who has volunteered to join the ‘Be on Call for Ireland’ programme, and son Felix. Photo: David Conachy

Mother’s pride: Avril Flynn, who has volunteered to join the ‘Be on Call for Ireland’ programme, and son Felix. Photo: David Conachy

Mother’s pride: Avril Flynn, who has volunteered to join the ‘Be on Call for Ireland’ programme, and son Felix. Photo: David Conachy

Mother-of-one Avril Flynn, who lives in Dublin, is one of the thousands of healthcare workers to answer Ireland's call to sign up to go back to work in the public health service.

Ms Flynn, who is originally from Dundalk, Co Louth, was among the first to sign up to the HSE's 'Be On Call for Ireland' campaign, which has already seen 24,000 expressions of interest in 24 hours.

A midwife, Ms Flynn says she is ready to work in a maternity setting or elsewhere, ready to go where she is needed.