March 26, 2020
A motion supported by Solidarity PBP, The Social Democrats, Sinn Féin, Labour and all Independent TDs to reinstate the same rate of pay that student nurses and midwives were given at the start of the pandemic was defeated by 77 votes to 72. Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party all voted against the plan.
When the payment was first announced, Mr Harris said:
“This is an offer and not an obligation. But I know so many of our student nurses want to play their role as we navigate our way through these difficult times.”