News/Statements

Fixing leaks – not water charges – is what Waterford needs to prevent water shortages

Workers’ Party representative in Waterford, Dick Roche, has said that Irish Water should focus on fixing leaks in order to prevent further drought spells in the region. Roche said: “Households in Waterford use an average [...]

Creation of single national water company is just a pretext for job losses

The Workers’ Party have criticised Minister Eoghan Murphy’s renewed proposal to remove water services from local authorities, stating it appears to be nothing more than a pretext for job losses. Responding to reports that Minister [...]

Queries raised over DanskeBank contract for Government Banking Services

The Workers’ Party have queried why the state will begin paying private bank DanskeBank to provide all government banking services, when it is the majority shareholder in AIB. Workers’ Party city councillor Éilis Ryan said: [...]

FAI criticised for failing to police League of Ireland licensing system

The Workers' Party have called on the FAI to introduce emergency reviews of how League of Ireland licensing operates, following a decision by players in Bray Wanderers to take strike action in the coming weeks [...]

Outrage as two Dublin Fire Brigade appliances kept off-road due to staff shortages

Two fire appliances in the ‘Bravo’ division of Dublin Fire Brigade (covering Dolphin’s Barn and Tallaght fire stations) were kept off the road this morning due to staff shortages, reducing the number of fire brigades [...]

Lloyds and Ryanair strikes show up poor conditions of private sector workers

Workers’ Party Councillor Éilis Ryan has said that today’s strikes by both Ryanair pilots and LloydsPharmacy workers are a stark reminder of the poor conditions faced by workers in the private sector. Cllr. Ryan said: [...]

Workers’ Party welcomes ban on Israeli Settlement Goods  

The Workers' Party has welcomed a Seanad vote in favour of a ban on the import of goods originating in illegal Israeli settlements in Palestine. Speaking following the vote this evening, Cllr. Ted Tynan (Workers' [...]

Éilis Ryan to contest Dublin European elections 

Workers Party promises 'loud, smart, socialist' opposition The Workers' Party has announced it will be running Cllr. Éilis Ryan in the European elections for the Dublin constituency. Cllr. Ryan currently represents the North Inner City [...]

Statement of the European Communist on Attacks Against the Right to Strike

Bourgeois democracy makes proclamations regarding human rights in a very pretentious manner. Notwithstanding these formal proclamations, capitalism in practice denies any individual or collective right, whenever its implementation conflicts with the class interests of the [...]

New mortgage-to-rent scheme means private company profits while state picks up the tab

The state’s latest mortgage-to-rent initiative, under which private company ‘Homes for Life’ would buy up distressed mortgages, and lease the relevant properties back to the council, has come in for attack. Cllr. Éilis Ryan said [...]

Irish Water accused of hypocrisy over failure to restrict commercial water usage

Irish Water has come in for fresh criticism, for failing to curtail the use of water for commercial purposes, as the country’s drought worsens. Speaking on the matter, Cllr. Ted Tynan of the Workers’ Party [...]

Drought shows up failure of Irish Water to tackle infrastructure

The Workers’ Party have said that recent days' water shortages show up the failure of Irish Water to invest in upgrading public infrastructure. Dick Roche, Waterford representative for the party, said: “Waterford is already on [...]

City Council votes against Workers’ Party motion to prevent sale of 50+ public housing units

Dublin City Council have backed a proposal to sell over 50 public housing units to a charitable housing body. Cllr. Éilis Ryan (Workers’ Party) led opposition to the proposal, which will see 52 apartments sold [...]

Today: Dublin councillors urged to learn from London’s mistakes, stop offloading housing to charities

Dublin City Council will this evening (Monday) vote on whether to sell 52 newly-acquired public housing units at Shelbourne Plaza, Ringsend, to Túath housing charity. Workers’ Party Cllr. Éilis Ryan will be proposing an amendment [...]

Dublin water restrictions show up failure of Irish Water to tackle infrastructure

Gavin Mendel-Gleason The Workers’ Party have said that water restrictions in Dublin show up the failure of Irish Water to invest in infrastructure. Gavin Mendel-Gleason, Dublin representative for the party, said: “Dublin continues [...]

London warning: Dublin councillors urged not to offload housing to charities

The city council has been warned against handing public housing over to charitable housing bodies, in light of increasing sell-offs of public housing by such bodies in the UK. Cllr. Éilis Ryan was speaking ahead [...]

Privatisation of Meath traffic wardens makes a mockery of local government

The Workers' Party's representative in Meath, Séamus McDonagh, has condemned a decision taken by Meath County Council to privatise the provision of traffic warden services in the county. McDonagh said: "Is there any other workplace [...]

Lenient sentence for Lowry an affront to democracy and an insult to the working people of this country.

The Workers’ Party have described the €15,000 sentence against Deputy Michael Lowry for having knowingly delivered incorrect corporation tax returns and his failure to keep proper accounts as a gross affront to the two million [...]

Tynan accuses Cork City Council of slavish adherence to government’s “Rebuilding Ireland” plan

Cllr. Ted Tynan Workers’ Party Councillor, Ted Tynan, has accused Cork City Council management of slavish adherence to the government’s Rebuilding Ireland housing policy and a deep antipathy towards the public provision of [...]

Workers’ Party oration at Wolfe Tone Commemoration, Bodenstown 2018

The following oration was delivered at the Workers' Party's annual Wolfe Tone Commemoration by Gavin Mendel-Gleason, Workers' Party Ard Comhairle member, Director of Research, and Party representative in Dublin North-West. Gavin Mendel-Gleason delivering the [...]

Statement of the International Section of the Workers Party of Ireland on the visit of Fernando González Llort to Belfast and Dublin

Fernando González Llort, one of the heroic “Cuban Five”, the courageous Cuban citizens and revolutionary heroes unjustly arrested and convicted in a Federal Court in Miami, Florida, and subjected to long sentences of imprisonment, visited [...]

Elections in Turkey: Letter of solidarity from the Workers’ Party to the Communist Party of Turkey

23rd June 2018 Dear Comrades, The Workers Party of Ireland sends comradely greetings to the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) and extends its best wishes, solidarity and support to the TKP. The WPI condemns the [...]

Statement of the International Section of the Workers Party of Ireland on the decision of Trinity College Dublin to award an honorary degree to Hillary Clinton

The Workers Party of Ireland condemns the decision of Trinity College Dublin to award an honorary degree to former US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, on 22nd June 2018. It is shameful that an [...]

Government is indifferent to suffering of those on hospital waiting lists

Dick Roche, Workers’ Party representative in Waterford has accused the government of being completely indifferent to those on public hospital waiting list. Dick Roche Mr. Roche was speaking as it emerged that the [...]

LloydsPharmacy strike leads to calls for radical changes to 1990 Industrial Relations Act

The Workers’ Party have said it is an indictment of Ireland’s labour legislation that LloydsPharmacy workers have to go out on strike for sick pay and a basic hourly contract. Speaking before visiting striking workers [...]

Calls for enquiry into arrest of Palestine supporter at Tyrone v Meath GAA match

The Workers’ Party’s representative in Meath, Séamus McDonagh, has called for a full enquiry into the circumstances which led to the arrest of a Palestine supporter at last Saturday’s (June 9th) Meath v Tyrone football [...]

Cork Incinerator draws planning process into disrepute, skewed against ordinary people

Workers’ Party Councillor Ted Tynan has called for a “root and branch” overhaul of the planning process in the wake of An Bórd Pleanála’s decision to grant planning permission to Indaver for a major waste [...]

Collapse of Sammon Group must prompt immediate halt to new Public Private Partnership

The Workers’ Party have said that the liquidation today (Tuesday) of Sammon Contracting Ireland as part of the continuing fallout of the collapse of UK Carillion consortium must prompt an immediate halt to any proposed [...]

Statement on the 150th anniversary of the birth of James Connolly

5th June 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of James Connolly, in Cowgate in Edinburgh. During his lifetime, Connolly would play an important role in the development of Marxist organisations in Scotland, Ireland [...]

Ireland should advocate independent investigation into shooting of Palestinian medic

Dublin paramedic calls for expulsion of Israeli ambassador, in solidarity with the murdered medic The Workers' Party have reiterated their call for the Israeli ambassador to be expelled from the country, in the wake of [...]

Statement by the International Secretary of the Workers Party of Ireland on Venezuela

On Sunday, 20th May 2018, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, supported by the Communist Party of Venezuela, was re-elected to office. Despite winning all bar two of the many elections and referenda in the course of [...]

FOI reveals cancelation of Literary Festival event ‘The Question of the 8th’ based on wrong information

A Freedom on Information request by Workers’ Party City Councillor, Eilis Ryan, has revealed that the controversial decision by Dublin City Council to cancel an event about the book "The Question of the 8th" at [...]

Workers’ Party welcomes huge Yes vote in Meath, calls for abortion to be provided at no cost to women

Workers’ Party representative in Meath, Séamus McDonagh, has welcomed the large yes vote in favour of the repeal of the 8th amendment. Speaking following the referendum, McDonagh said: "This referendum was a resounding victory for [...]

Workers’ Party welcomes huge Yes vote in Waterford, calls for abortion to be provided at no cost to women

Workers’ Party representative in Waterford, Dick Roche, has welcomed the large yes vote in favour of the repeal of the 8th amendment. Speaking following the referendum, Roche said: "This referendum was a resounding victory for [...]

Workers’ Party calls for any agri-industry job vacancies to be opened up to undocumented migrants and asylum seekers.

Gavin Mendel-Gleason The Workers’ Party has criticized a recent announcement by government to seek 800 non-EU workers to take up work permits in the agri-food sector. The Party has called for any job [...]

The statement on the dangerous consequences of the US withdrawal from JCPoA agreement for world peace – 20 May 2018, Athens

We, the undersigned Communist and Workers parties condemn the decision of the Trump administration – in complete contravention of world public opinion – in taking the USA out of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [...]

Belfast solidarity with Palestine

The Workers’ Party participated in a large rally in the centre of Belfast in solidarity with the Palestinian people.  The following address was made by Gerry Grainger, Director of International Affairs of the Workers’ Party [...]

Tallaght firefighters condemn ‘Save the 8th’ firefighter ad as ‘offensive and misleading’

Two Tallaght firefighters, both active in the campaign for a Yes vote in the upcoming referendum, have condemned the latest ad by the ‘Save the 8th’ campaign, which depicts a firefighter carrying a child out [...]

Calls for state to acquire residential apartments being let as ‘Airbnb style’ tourist accommodation

The Workers’ Party have issued renewed calls for a ban on short-term rental accommodation in Dublin, in the wake of the latest figures released today showing that half of all Dublin lettings were aimed at [...]

Expulsion of Israeli ambassador only acceptable response to Palestinian killings

The Workers’ Party has called on Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, to expel the Israeli ambassador, in response to the scale of killings of Palestinians by the Israeli army in recent days. Speaking on [...]