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Miss Universe Ireland Takes Fight for Nursing Pay to Global Audience by peter: Mon Dec 2021 11:04pm
MISS Universe Ireland has taken to the international stage at the Miss Universe finals with a strong message demanding fair pay for her fellow nurses.

During the national costume round, Katharine Walker rocked a green and gold healthcare hero costume with green wording stating: “Fair pay for nursing."

Stunning Katharine, from Hillsborough in Co Down, represented Ireland at the 70th anniversary of the Miss Universe finals in Israel, competing against 80 other finalists from around the world.

The paediatric nurse was praised by followers, healthcare workers and nurses following her brave stance on the world stage.

Taking to Instagram, the 27-year-old posted: “Say it louder for the people in the back.

“I am so so proud of this National costume design. When I found out I would be representing Ireland at Miss Universe this year, I knew I wanted my costume to have a message.

“I wanted something that was personal to me but also extremely relevant and impactful.

"I wanted to celebrate the work of my fellow healthcare workers and also to make a statement on nurse's pay.

“I am not just representing Ireland on this stage, but every single healthcare worker, the real heroes of this world, who go above and beyond caring for others, those who work through their breaks and work overtime for no extra pay, those who help the most vulnerable through their darkest days.

“It is time to pay nurses fairly. Enough is enough.”

She also thanked the designer and sponsors for creating her costume.

Maristella Okpala from Nigeria won Best National Costume, which was inspired by the southeastern tribe of Nigeria.

Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu, Miss Universe India, took home the Miss Universe crown last night.

Miss Universe Ireland was delighted to get her message out there and feels like a winner.

She posted on Twitter: “My message about the reality that all health personnel live was heard by THE WHOLE UNIVERSE.

“I feel like I accomplished my mission and I feel like a winner! Let us pray that our situation will soon improve. I love them!”

One healthcare worker said: "This is incredible @katwalker21

"Thank you so much on behalf of healthcare workers. This means a lot to us all, that you are standing with us, fighting our corner."

Another follower said: "Well done for highlighting this on the international stage."

Source: The Sun

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