A nurses union's warning of an "extremely serious" overcrowding situation in Irish hospitals.
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation says it's "out of control" in many facilities, and putting patients and staff in danger.
The highest number of people on trolley's in over a year was recorded nationally on Tuesday.
The Mater Hospital in Dublin's now asking people to avoid its emergency department where possible.
General Secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, Phil Ni Sheaghdha, says overcrowding is widespread: