News/Statements

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) [...]

Dáil & Seanad should sit through the night to remove tenancy loophole

70 Cork apartment tenants face eviction as result of landlord "renovations" loophole The Workers’ Party has called on the government to put an emergency bill through the Oireachtas to urgently close a loophole which allows [...]

Comments of Housing Executive chief point to serious lack of empathy with homeless

Gavin Mendel-Gleason The Workers’ Party has strongly criticised the comments of the director of Dublin Regional Homeless Executive, Ms. Eileen Gleeson saying that they showed a distinct lack of empathy with homeless people. [...]

Coca-Cola boss appointment to Teaching Council is a new low in political appointments

The Workers’ Party have called for a review of the recent appointment of Coca Cola boss Gerry Leydon to the Teaching Council, by Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton. The appointment of Mr. Leydon, [...]

Under no circumstances should Ireland join new EU military body PESCO

Seamus McDonagh The Workers’ Party has said that under no circumstances should Ireland become a member or associate of the new Permanent Structured Defence Cooperation body (PESCO). Seamus McDonagh, the Workers’ Party’s Meath [...]

Tynan condemns Sinn Féin support for Cork City budget

Cork city councillor Ted Tynan (Workers’ Party) has condemned Sinn Féin’s decision to back the council’s annual budget last week (Thursday, November 9th). Speaking in reaction to the budget, Cllr. Tynan said: “I voted against [...]

The Workers’ Party questions suitability of CEO David Franks to lead Irish Rail

The Workers’ Party has condemned the failure of the Government and management in Irish Rail to work to ensure an end to the worsening rail dispute and highlighted the damaging role the public transport company’s [...]

Planned speed increase on Cork’s North Ring Road slammed by Cllr. Tynan

Workers’ Party Councillor Ted Tynan has criticised plans to increase the speed limit on the North Ring Road from the existing 50 kilometre per hour maximum to 60kph. Cllr. Tynan said the North Ring Road [...]

Statement of the Workers’ Party of Ireland delegation in Moscow to celebrate the October Revolution

Workers Party of Ireland Statement of the WPI delegation in Moscow to celebrate the October Revolution Comrade Gerry Grainger, International Secretary of the Workers' Party of Ireland addressing the meeting in Moscow today [...]

Calls for resignation of Dublin City Council CEO in wake of rental accommodation revelations  

Dublin City Councillor Éilis Ryan (Workers’ Party, North Inner City) has this morning (Friday, 3rd November) called for City Council CEO Owen Keegan to resign, in the wake of last night’s Prime Time Investigates documentary [...]

WP of Ireland address to St. Petersburg meeting marking centenary of Great October Revolution

19th International Meeting of Communist and Workers Parties, St Petersburg 2-3 November 2017   “The 100th Anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution: The Ideals of the Communist Movement, Revitalising the Struggle against imperialist wars, [...]

Workers’ Party motion could stop private developers using up Dublin City Council owned land

A Workers’ Party motion to be put before Dublin City Councillors next Monday night (Nov 6th) would see the introduction of a ban on private developers building for-profit housing on Dublin City Council owned lands. [...]

Thomas Russell Commemoration

The Workers' Party held a commemoration for Thomas Russell, co-founder of the United Irishmen, on Saturday 21st October at the Church of Ireland graveyard in Downpatrick.  Below is the speech delivered by Gemma Weir, North Belfast [...]

ICWPE statement on 100th anniversary of the October Revolution

STATEMENT OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNIST INITIATIVE On the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution   The Initiative Communist Parties greet the working class, all working people of Europe on the occasion of the centennial of the [...]

Chartered Surveyors’ apartment build estimates are double the cost of building public housing

The Workers’ Party have stated that apartment build estimates released today (Tuesday) by the Society of Chartered Surveyors in Ireland (SCSI) are more than double the cost of the state building apartments on its own [...]

Teacher shortage should be addressed by reducing college fees – not through harebrained retraining schemes

The Workers’ Party have said that Minister for Education Richard Bruton’s proposal to encourage ‘homemakers’ to retrain as secondary school teachers wilfully ignores the obvious causes why young people might not choose teaching as a [...]

Women’s Pensions Debacle: Mandatory State Pension Scheme only solution to pensions crisis

The Workers’ Party have called on the government to introduce a mandatory public pension scheme, similar to recommendations made earlier this summer by the Citizens’ Assembly, in response to the Speaking on the matter, Cllr. [...]

Workers’ Party to hold vigil on Cork’s St. Patrick’s Bridge to highlight homelessness

The Workers’ Party is to hold a vigil on Cork’s St. Patrick’s bridge next Sunday evening (15th October) to highlight the growing level of homelessness both locally and nationally and in protest at what the [...]

Budget: Home Building Finance Ireland is just a cash cow for developers

€750m fund for property developers means state would bear almost entire risk of new, for-profit developments The Workers' Party has said that the €750 million Home Building Finance Ireland (HBFI) initiative announced yesterday by the [...]

Budget: public services set for five year real-term cuts

The Workers' Party has said that the government's budget projections prove its intention to continue cutting public service, even as the economy grows. Cllr. Éilis Ryan (Workers' Party, North Inner City) said: "The government's Fiscal [...]

Budget fails to target most vulnerable yet bankrolls developers again

Cllr. Ted Tynan The Workers’ Party have said described today’s budget as a charter for standing still which gives a miserly increase for social welfare while offering no realistic hope for those on [...]

“Professional co-living” proposed by Minister for Housing costs €900/month in London

Cllr. Éilis Ryan The Workers' Party has criticised government plans to incentivise the development purpose-built "shared living" rental accommodation for young professionals, as announced today (Friday) by Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy. Responding to [...]

ECJ referral proves Apple appeal is a waste of money: Workers’ Party

The Workers’ Party has slammed the government for risking even more costs to the state, by failing to adhere to a directive from the European Commission that it return state aid given to Apple in [...]

NAMA lending proposals slammed as a costly wasted opportunity

The Workers’ Party reacted angrily today to proposals from government that NAMA begin lending to commercial developers. Responding to reports today (Tuesday), Cllr. Éilis Ryan of the Workers’ Party said: “European interest rates are so [...]

Latest Ryanair cancellations lead to calls to to re-nationalise Aer Lingus

There have been calls this morning for the government to initiate a process of nationalising Aer Lingus, in the wake of the latest spate of cancellations of Ryanair flights. Cllr. Éilis Ryan (Workers’ Party, Dublin) [...]

Workers’ Party: Housing crisis is driving graduate flight

The Workers’ Party have this morning (Friday) said that tackling the housing crisis is the only way to reverse increased graduate emigration. Dublin Northwest spokesperson Gavin Mendel-Gleason (Workers’ Party), was reacting to figures released yesterday [...]

Calls for establishment of a new state company to capitalise on Artificial Intelligence industry growth

The Workers’ Party have called for the state to establish a for-profit public enterprise specialising in research and development in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) sector. The Party were responding to a figures published by TechIreland [...]

Bishop’s vaccine comments show why healthcare must be removed from church hands

Remarks made by the Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, Phonsie Cullinan, in relation to the HPV vaccine, show the urgency of removing healthcare from church hands entirely, according to the Workers’ Party. Gavin Mendel-Gleason, Workers’ [...]