News/Statements

Tynan calls for a different vision for Cork City based on the needs of citizens, not relentless ‘development’

Cork City Hall with Elysian tower behind - plans are now afoot for a new skycraper twice as high as Ireland's current highest building The Workers’ Party have called for an alternative vision [...]

Harris splitting hairs in vain defence of chronic hospital ED crowding

The Workers’ Party have accused Health Minister Simon Harris of splitting hairs in a vain attempt to deflect criticism over the ongoing chronic overcrowding in hospital Emergency Departments which according to the INMO sees 643 [...]

Permanent TSB: State should purchase buy-to-let mortgages to expand housing stock

The Workers’ Party has called for the state to purchase the buy-to-let mortgages put on the market by Permanent TSB earlier this week. Workers’ Party councillor Éilis Ryan said: “There is €1.5billion worth of buy-to-let [...]

Oireachtas Members’ Interests declaration hides more than it reveals say Workers Party

The Workers’ Party have strongly criticised the annual Oireachtas Members’ Interests statement saying the statutory declaration is woefully inadequate and hides more than it reveals with regard to the true financial, business and property interests [...]

Time to pull the plug on Cork Events Centre and declare Beamish & Crawford site a national monument

Cllr. Ted Tynan The Workers’ Party have called on Cork City Council and the state to “pull the plug” on the public funding for the proposed Events Centre and instead initiate the process [...]

Excess water charges are just water charges by the back door

The Workers’ Party have condemned Friday’s confirmation from the Commission for the Regulation of Utilities (CRU) that excess water charges are to be introduced from 2019. Speaking on the matter, Workers’ Party representative Séamus McDonagh [...]

Renewed calls for mandatory scheme of childhood vaccinations to stem downturn in uptake

The Workers’ Party has today (Monday) called for the introduction of a mandatory scheme of vaccination for all children who use shared childcare and education schemes, including créches, play facilities, and public and private schools. [...]

Workers’ Party welcome Supreme Court ruling on asylum seeker’s right to work.

The Workers’ Party has welcomed the Supreme Court’s ruling that the state’s ban on asylum seekers taking up employment is unconstitutional saying it now needed to be followed by immediate measures to not only allow [...]

“Conscientious objection” on abortion would undermine woman’s right to healthcare

The Workers’ Party have criticised comments made by Minister for Health Simon Harris today (Tuesday), who indicated that GPs would have a right to conscientious objection in relation to the provision of abortion in the [...]

Viridian failure is further proof that privatisation is not working for consumers or taxpayers

Gavin Mendel-Gleason The Workers’ Party have said that the decision of energy company Viridian to close its remaining electricity generating plant in Dublin is further proof that privatisation is not working for Irish [...]

Clonburris development shows little has changed since the bad old days of housing corruption

Lorraine Hennessy The Workers’ Party in Dublin Mid West has expressed deep concern that the currently proposed development of the new suburb of Clonburris will repeat most of the serious errors of the [...]

Workers’ Party welcomes Cabinet commitment to hold May Referendum on 8th Amendment

The Workers’ Party have given a broad welcome to the commitment to holding a referendum on the 8th amendment issued by the Taoiseach on behalf of the cabinet last night (Monday). Speaking on behalf of [...]

Ireland receives a paltry €104 million over 20 year period for oil & gas worth billions

The Workers’ Party have described as shameful the payment of a mere €104 million from oil & gas multinationals over the 20 year period from 1998 in respect of yields worth many billions of euro. [...]

Carillion collapse exposes the folly of Public Private Partnerships. Future of Schools and jobs must be protected

Meath Workers’ Party representative Seamus McDonagh has said that the collapse of the Carillion consortium not only poses a threat to the completion of schools in Kells, Wicklow, Carlow and Wexford but has left many [...]

€44 fine for jobseekers who refuse dead-end jobs will push people into poverty and homelessness

The Workers’ Party has said increased penalties for those who do not take up certain work or training amounts to punishing those already in dire straits for the government’s failure to create jobs. Workers’ Party [...]

Housing targets missed because of insufficient funds and will

The Workers’ Party have said that the failure of the country’s local authorities to meet minimal construction targets belongs at the door of the government and of Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy in particular. Cork Workers’ [...]

Home helps should be employed directly by HSE to prevent exploitation

Seamus McDonagh The Workers’ Party have called for the HSE to establish a plan to move all home helps into direct employment by the state health agency. The call comes in the wake [...]

2017 Housing Delivery Report: Increase in HAP tenants is not a good news story

Gavin Mendel-Gleason The Workers’ Party have criticised the government’s 2017 Report on Housing Delivery, saying they show nothing except a forced increase in reliance on private landlords. Responding to the Report, Workers’ Party representative [...]

Carillion fiasco a warning against government reliance on private developers for social housing

There have been calls for the government to reconsider its strategy of employing private developers to build social housing, in the wake of the collapse of Carillion construction company today (Monday). Workers’ Party Cllr. Éilis [...]

Workers’ Party of Ireland solidarity to PAME on Greek General Strike

The International Section of the Workers' Party of Ireland has transmitted the following message of solidarity to the All Workers Militant Front (PAME) on the action for a General Strike in Greece on 12th January [...]

Councillors vote down proposal to ban for-profit development on council land in Dublin

Sinn Féin, Labour and some independents today voted down a proposal from Workers’ Party councillor Éilis Ryan to bring into force a ban on all for-profit development on publicly-owned land. Speaking following the vote, Cllr. [...]

Workers’ Party set the record straight in response to bizarre and fabricated housing claims by Ballymun Sinn Féin Councillor Noeleen Reilly

Gavin Mendel-Gleason Reilly’s claims in social media post about the Workers’ Party’s attitude to O’Cualann Housing development in Ballymun are ‘totally fabricated’ says Ballymun Workers’ Party representative Gavin Mendel-Gleason Mendel-Gleason stated: ‘My attention [...]

Affordable housing u-turn: Dublin City Council admits affordable housing will require land giveaway to developers

Dublin City Council have come under attack for a U-Turn tonight (Monday), in which council officials acknowledged that the ‘affordable’ housing component of their housing development plans will require a full giveaway of land to [...]

Teacher shortage crisis: Calls for fees to be scrapped for teacher training postgrads

The Workers’ Party have called for fees for postgraduate teaching degrees to be scrapped as an urgent measure to address the collapse in numbers of applicants to train as teachers. Cllr. Ryan said: “It is [...]

Proposed change to planning regulations panders to the most unscrupulous landlords

The Workers’ Party have expressed deep concern at a number of changes to planning regulations which Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy proposes to make and which would increase apartment building heights, reduce minimum parking spaces and [...]

Calls for emergency ban on new offices in Dublin’s docklands

A city councillor has called for the introduction of an emergency ban on office development in the docklands, following a report from Owen Reilly that office space was set to well outstrip residential development in [...]

Calls for public housing on former Magdalene Laundry site as ‘Living Memorial’ to survivors

Two-thirds of families in homeless accommodation are lone parent families 3000 public housing units needed in northeast inner city to clear lists The Workers’ Party have today (Tuesday) issued a proposal for a public housing [...]

Workers’ Party give cautious welcome to Committee on 8th Amendment report

The Workers’ Party have given a cautious welcome to the final report of the Oireachtas Committee on the 8th Amendment this afternoon (Wednesday) The Party’s Meath representative Seamus McDonagh welcomed in particular the decision of [...]

Dublin Councillors to vote tonight on whether to ban for-profit development on public land

O'Devaney Gardens Dublin City Councillors will tonight (Wednesday) vote on a proposal from the Workers’ Party to ban private, for-profit housing development on Dublin City Council owned lands. Cllr. Éilis Ryan (Workers’ Party, [...]

Six into One Won’t Go

Publicly-owned housing stock needs to grow by 500% in order to meet demand Cllr. Éilis Ryan (Workers’ Party) has today (Tuesday) issued figures which reveal that Dublin’s publicly-owned housing stock is less than a sixth [...]

Decision to join PESCO is undemocratic and unjustifiable

Commitment on Ireland to increase military spending to €3 billion per annum by 2020 The Workers’ Party have called for a major mobilisation of public opinion against the government’s decision to sign Ireland up to [...]

Irish electricity prices have gone from 3rd cheapest to 4th most expensive in EU since liberalisation

Cllr. Ted Tynan The Workers’ Party have said that new figures show that electricity prices in Ireland have shot up dramatically in real terms since the introduction of competition and market liberalisation.  When [...]

Calls for mandatory scheme of vaccinations for school-going children to stem whooping cough, measles outbreaks

Calls for mandatory scheme of vaccinations for school-going children to stem whooping cough, measles outbreaks The Workers' Party has issued a proposal calling for the introduction of a mandatory scheme of vaccination for all children [...]

Workers’ Party calls on Minister to support an EU tax “blacklist” in wake of Oxfam report   

The Workers’ Party have called on Minister for Finance Paschal Donohue to propose that the EU’s “tax haven blacklist” be expanded to include European countries, when he attends next Tuesday’s ECOFIN meeting of European finance [...]

Government crisis over for now, housing crisis continues every day for thousands of people

Lorraine Hennessy The Workers’ Party have said that while the crisis in government may have receded for the moment following the resignation of Minister Frances Fitzgerald, the multiple crises faced by working class [...]

Workers’ Party President Michael Donnelly addresses 2017 Ard Fheis

Closing address of Workers’ Party Ard Fheis 2017 delivered by Party President Michael Donnelly What the Workers’ Party represents As a product of all the working people of this island, the Workers’ Party proudly stands [...]

Workers’ Party holds Ard Fheis as election speculation continues

Debate dominated by demands for expanded public services The Workers’ Party held its annual Ard Fheis over the weekend against a background of continuing election speculation.  Over 200 delegates from across Ireland debated a range [...]

Workers’ Party Ard Fheis this weekend

Some of attendance at 2016 Ard Fheis The Workers’ Party holds its Ard Fheis / Annual Delegate Conference in Dublin this weekend with a wide range of motions on economic, social and international [...]

Reported trauma centre closure plans are out of touch with reality says Workers’ Party

The Workers’ Party have said that reports in yesterday’s Sunday Business Post (19/11/17) that emergency departments will be closed in three Dublin hospitals and several others including Cavan, Naas and Portlaoise are completely out of [...]

Dublin must follow Limerick’s lead on EIB loans for housing

A Dublin City Councillor has said the city must follow the lead of Limerick City & County Council, who today announced they would be receiving an €80 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) [...]