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Inflated cost of Help to Buy Scheme proves it is worthless to most working families

The government’s ‘Help to Buy’ scheme has come under criticism for subsidising builders while failing to address the housing needs of most middle and low income households. Figures released by the Department of Finance show that the scheme is expected to come in well above budget, with an average take-up of €15,000 / household. Speaking [...]

March 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Inflated cost of Help to Buy Scheme proves it is worthless to most working families

The 1983 Eight Amendment and the Workers’ Party

Repeal the 8th Amendment! https://www.youtube.com/embed/_eG9e1mrxNo Looking back at campaigning against the 8th Amendment in 1983. Still fighting against it today, we spoke to present and past members including Anne Finnegan, Mary Diskin, Eilish Matthews, Padraig Mannion and Seamus McDonagh. The Eighth Amendment equates the right to life of a pregnant woman with that of [...]

March 8th, 2017|Comments Off on The 1983 Eight Amendment and the Workers’ Party

Proposed closure of 80 post offices will kill off rural Ireland

Seamus McDonagh (WP) The Workers’ Party have said that the proposed closure of at least 80 post offices, most of them in rural areas, would amount to “another nail in the coffin of rural Ireland” and the party has called on the government to stop the plan going ahead. Meath East Workers’ Party [...]

March 7th, 2017|Comments Off on Proposed closure of 80 post offices will kill off rural Ireland

Council commemoration for archbishop ‘totally inappropriate’ in light of Tuam disclosures

The Lord Mayor has come in for criticism for marking the death of the late, former Archbishop of Dublin, in the same moment as the council remembered those babies whose remains were discovered in Tuam last week. Speaking following the March monthly meeting of the city council, Cllr. Éilis Ryan (Workers Party), said: I spoke [...]

March 6th, 2017|Comments Off on Council commemoration for archbishop ‘totally inappropriate’ in light of Tuam disclosures

Quarter-billion AIB dividend highlights madness of bank re-privatisation

Banking policy amounts to ‘public handouts for bankers in hard times, profit privatisation in good times.’ Ryan calls for AIB to be kept in public ownership as a public investment bank. Government plans to re-privatise state-controlled bank AIB have been slammed as “public handouts for bankers in the hard times, and privatisation of profits in [...]

March 2nd, 2017|Comments Off on Quarter-billion AIB dividend highlights madness of bank re-privatisation

Lorraine Hennessy to host International Women’s Day event in Rowlagh, West Dublin

Lorraine Hennessy (Workers' Party) invites women to celebrate International Women's Day, March 8th at Rowlagh Community Centre, Dublin 22.   From 7.30pm to 9.15pm. "A day for celebrating - but how do women fare in Ireland 2017? From the cradle to the grave women are unequal and personal safety is a major concern" - Lorraine [...]

March 1st, 2017|Comments Off on Lorraine Hennessy to host International Women’s Day event in Rowlagh, West Dublin

Family Income Supplement threat to Tesco strikers removed from Social Welfare Department website

A Workers’ Party councillor has welcomed the decision by the Department of Social Protection to remove a questionable circular that stated that workers who are on strike would not receive their Family Income Supplment (FIS) entitlements. Cllr. Éilis Ryan (Workers’ Party, North Inner City) spoke following her discovery that circular SW22, which stated that FIS [...]

February 24th, 2017|Comments Off on Family Income Supplement threat to Tesco strikers removed from Social Welfare Department website

Shane Ross failure to act on Bus Éireann compared to the Emperor Nero, fiddling while Rome burns

Cllr. Ted Tynan Workers’ Party Cork city councillor Ted Tynan has compared Transport Minister Shane Ross’s refusal to ensure the survival of Bus Éireann with the historical Emperor Nero who famously fiddled while Rome burned. Cllr. Tynan said that Minister Ross was acting as if the current crisis in the state owned bus [...]

February 21st, 2017|Comments Off on Shane Ross failure to act on Bus Éireann compared to the Emperor Nero, fiddling while Rome burns

Dublin Nth. Inner City Taskforce Report ignores vital issues including housing – Cllr. Éilis Ryan

Cllr. Éilis Ryan Eilis Ryan, Workers’ Party Councillor for the North Inner City has blasted the Dublin North Inner City Taskforce Report for ignoring vital issues like housing and instead focusing on ‘narrative changing’. Cllr Ryan attacked the report, authored by Kieran Mulvey, for focusing on clichés over actual substance: “The focus in [...]

February 16th, 2017|Comments Off on Dublin Nth. Inner City Taskforce Report ignores vital issues including housing – Cllr. Éilis Ryan

Moves to launch Taoiseach’s inner city taskforce behind closed doors criticised by local community

Cllr. Éilis Ryan Information has emerged that Kieran Mulvey’s report into tackling violence in Dublin’s north inner city will be launched this Thursday (16th February) - without any formal invitation or notification being issued to the North Inner City Community Coalition, the main community stakeholder in the area. The move has led to [...]

February 15th, 2017|Comments Off on Moves to launch Taoiseach’s inner city taskforce behind closed doors criticised by local community