Unions representing 10 thousand health workers say three more days of industrial action look set to go ahead next week.
A strike by support staff is taking place across the country as part of a dispute over pay.
Workers outside Mullingar hospital were taking it in four hour shifts to man the picket lines, and they all said they didn’t want to be there but felt they had no choice.
Tommy McCormack has worked as a porter at the hospital for several years and feels the government has let them down badly when it comes to recognising their work.
Kate Mulvihill from Newtowncashel in Longford works in the x-ray Department at Mullingar.
She says she’d prefer not to have to be on strike today and feels bad for the patients in the hospital even though she knows they will be looked after in their absence.
This worker from the catering section in Mullingar is sorry that things have reached the point of strike action after being sanctioned for a pay rise four years ago.
Sentiments were the same outside Roscommon Hospital today where workers had been on the picket since eight o clock this morning.