News/Statements

Calls for Minister for Education to abandon Community National School segregation model

There have been calls for Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, to abandon his support for the Community National School (CNS) model of primary education, in light of emerging evidence that its policy of segregating children [...]

Dublin 3-bed house price now more than ten times the average household income

The average price of a three-bedroom semi-detached house in Dublin is now more than ten times the average household income in the capital, according to Workers’ Party Dublin representative Gavin Mendel-Gleason. Commenting on figures released [...]

The Workers Party has expressed its solidarity with Bus Éireann Workers who are currently on strike following the decision of company management to proceed unilaterally to cut pay and conditions. Cllr. Ted Tynan has said that it [...]

Calls for Dublin City Councillors to reverse land privatisation plans in light of Nevin Institute public cost-rental proposals

The launch this morning by the Nevin Institute of a detailed proposal for public, cost-rental housing development has led to calls for Dublin City Council to reverse its plans to allow private housing development on [...]

Renewed calls for AIB to remain in public ownership

Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s revelation that the government intends to use revenue from the sale of 25% of the state’s stake in AIB for debt reduction has been met with calls to keep the bank in [...]

US warship in Cork Harbour is flagrant violation of Irish neutrality

U.S. naval machine gun crew at the ready on board USS Donald Cook at Cobh quay this afternoon The Workers’ Party has condemned the presence of armed machine-gunners onboard a US warship docked [...]

Success of Clery’s deal will hinge on trade union rights

Workers’ Party congratulates Clery’s workers on forcing a deal Workers’ Party councillor Éilis Ryan has congratulated Clery’s workers on their 21-month battle for fair treatment after they were made redundant following the liquidation of the [...]

High cost of billionaire tax-break passports slammed

Quarter of Irish billionaires ‘only Irish for tax purposes’ A quarter of the eight Irish billionaires listed on Forbes magazine’s billionaire list are former American citizens, who have received huge tax breaks as a result [...]

An Bord Pleanála hearing on Clery’s must focus on €1.5m Council Levy exemption

There have been calls for An Bord Pleanála to examine a €1.5 million council levy exemption granted to developer consortium Natrium, at the planning appeals hearing of the controversial Clery's development which begins tomorrow (Monday). [...]

FG cllr slammed for ‘bigoted’ comments on social housing

Ashbourne councillor Alan Tobin has come in for criticism following comments that he made in opposition to 67 proposed units of social housing in the town. Speaking in reaction to the comments, Séamus McDonagh (Workers’ [...]

Plummeting home ownership figures prove need for public, mixed-income housing

Home ownership figures released by the CSO today have been met with calls for the state to scale up investment in public, mixed-income housing.   Reacting to the figures, Cllr. Éilis Ryan (Workers’ Party) said: [...]

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 [...]

Calls for compulsory confiscation of church assets, schools and hospitals in wake of latest institutions scandal

Cllr. Éilis Ryan The Workers’ Party has called for the compulsory confiscation of assets from orders whose institutions contributed to the abuse of women, children and other vulnerable groups in the last century. [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

NTA favoritism for private bus operators sparks call for their abolition

Cllr. Éilis Ryan The National Transport Authority (NTA) has faced accusations of favoring privatisation of transport following its comments yesterday (28/2) that private operators can adequately cover all but one Bus Éireann Expressway [...]

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) [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Tynan slams “law of the jungle” as workers laid off by text message

Cllr. Ted Tynan Workers’ Party Councillor Ted Tynan has condemned the way that workers at Clancy’s bar and restaurant in Cork city centre were informed by mobile phone text that their jobs were [...]

Workers’ Party calls for mandatory trade union recognition in face of Tesco threats

The Workers’ Party has expressed its solidarity with Tesco workers beginning all out strike action on 14 February. Meath representative Seamus McDonagh said: “Tesco is the most profitable supermarket chain in Ireland and there is [...]

Handing Coveney leaseback plan to vulture funds is “financial madness,” says Workers’ Party

Cllr. Éilis Ryan The Workers’ Party have called on Minister Simon Coveney to alter his proposed distressed mortgage ‘lease back’ plan to a fully public model, in order to cut out the profits [...]

Hewlett Packard condemned for dividing profitable corporation from loss-making HP Inc.

The Workers’ Party has condemned the announcement of the loss of 500 jobs at HP Inc in Lexilip, Co. Kildare. Cllr. Éilis Ryan (Workers’ Party, Dublin), pointed the finger at both the government’s blind reliance [...]

Workers’ Party walks out of Dublin City Council meeting in protest at Obama Freedom of the City award

Labour Lord Mayor Brendan Carr's choice of candidate for Freedom of Dublin City has provoked strong reaction at Dublin City Council's monthly meeting tonight (6th February). Cllr. Éilis Ryan (Workers' Party) said: "To grant Dublin's [...]

NUI Galway slammed for giving “austerity platform” to FG minister

NUI Galway endorsing partisan FG Brexit meeting The National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), has come in for criticism for the publicity and implicit endorsement it has given to a Fine Gael party [...]

Workers’ Party launch campaign to fight funding cuts and privatisation of Bus Éireann

The Workers’ Partyhave launched a campaign to fight proposed cuts at Bus Éireann and to oppose government and management plans to privatise the company or hand the most profitable routes over to private competitors. The [...]

Taoiseach’s inner city task force ignores housing

Taoiseach’s inner city task force ignores housing – despite Dublin 1 having more two-beds for sale for €1million than for under €200,000   Cllr. Éilis Ryan The “Taoiseach’s Taskforce” response to inner city [...]

Make Dublin a sanctuary city for those affected by Trump’s travel ban here

  Cllr. Éilis Ryan Cllr. Éilis Ryan (WP) tables council motion for Dublin to offer “sanctuary city” to those affected by Trump travel ban An emergency motion has been lodged ahead of next [...]

Chance to say ‘They’ve had their day’

Workers' Party statement on collapsing of  the Northern Ireland Assembly   Commenting on the collapse of the Northern Ireland Executive and the calling of an Asembly election for March 2nd, the Workers' Party have issued [...]

“Baptism Barrier” consultation process is consultation on segregating children

WP Meath representative Seamus McDonagh A consultation process on the ‘baptism barrier’ in primary school admissions, launched today (16th January) by education Minister Richard Bruton, has come under fire for being a “consultation [...]

Oxfam report sparks calls for greater state-led investment economy

Oxfam highlight inequality A report produced by Oxfam today (An Economy for the 99%, 16th January), has sparked calls for greater state-led investment in the Irish economy. Reacting to the Oxfam report, Cllr. [...]

Re-introduction of rental tax relief “just another subsidy for landlords” says Workers’ Party

Cllr. Éilis Ryan There has been negative reaction to a proposal announced today (Thursday 12th January) by government to consider the reintroduction of tax relief to those paying for private rented accommodation. Speaking [...]

Apollo House court ruling a “callous betrayal of the most vulnerable” says Cllr. Éilis Ryan

Workers’ Party Dublin City Councillor Éilis Ryan has slammed the decision by Justice Paul Gilligan not to grant a stay on the eviction order on the occupiers of Apollo House as a callous betrayal of [...]

National Transport Authority / Department responsible for financial crisis at Bus Éireann

Cllr. Ted Tynan Cllr. Ted Tynan of The Worker's Party has accused the National Transport Authority and the Department of Transport of being responsible for the present dire financial  situation in Bus Éireann. [...]

McGuinness resignation -‘irresponsibility on top of arrogance’

The DUP / Sinn Fein Coalition has consistently failed to deliver The Workers Party has condemned as ‘irresponsible’ Sinn Fein’s decision to resign from the Executive and trigger an Assembly election. ‘Today’s resignation [...]

Council must be instructed not to reject NAMA social housing offers because of ‘tenure mix,’ says Workers’ Party councillor

A Dublin City Councillor has criticised council officials’ decision to reject NAMA social housing offers because of concerns about ‘tenure mix.’ Cllr. Éilis Ryan (Workers’ Party, North Inner City), was responding to reports that Dublin [...]