News/Statements

Workers’ Party condemns decades long silence on proper use of contraception pill

Contraceptive pill can be taken every day of the month – the original seven day break brought in so “the Pope would accept it” as natural. Cathie Shiels, Workers’ Party representative in Ballymun-Finglas said she [...]

New Workers’ Party candidate selected for Cork City North West

A new candidate has been chosen by the Workers’ Party to contest the extended Cork City North West ward in May’s local elections. Catherine Coffey Catherine Coffey , a high profile volunteer worker [...]

Expanding West Dublin communities “at serious risk” due to inadequate fire service

The Workers' Party has said that rapid population and town expansion in west Dublin has left numerous areas without an adequate fire service. This is according to Workers' Party representative in the area David Gardiner. [...]

Calls for HSE to intervene to eliminate carpark fees at Kells healthcare centre

Seamus McDonagh The HSE's new primary care centre in Kells has come under renewed criticism, for putting private profits ahead of the welfare of patients. This is according to Workers' Party spokesperson in [...]

Madigan’s comments show property tax was never intended to be a tax on wealth

Minister Josepha Madigan has come under attack for her calls for the wealthiest homes to be exempted from potential increases in the property tax this year. Workers' Party Dublin City Councillor and European election candidate [...]

Workers’ Party condemns Roscommon hotel fire

The Workers’ Party strongly condemn those responsible for a fire started at a hotel in Roscommon, which was intended to house 80 asylum seekers as a Direct Provision centre. Speaking on the matter, Workers’ Party [...]

Nursing strike shows up twenty years of public sector decimation by Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil

The Workers’ Party have offered their full support and solidarity to nurses and midwives, due to take strike action on 30th January, and said that the strike shows up twenty years of decimation of the [...]

New Year Greetings from the Workers Party of Ireland to International Communist and Workers’ Parties

Dear Comrades, The Workers Party of Ireland sends comradely greetings and best wishes for 2019 to communist and workers’ parties throughout the world. Capitalism continues to condemn millions to poverty, unemployment, homelessness, inequality, oppression, exploitation, [...]

New Year Greetings from the Workers Party of Ireland to International Communist and Workers’ Parties

Dear Comrades, The Workers Party of Ireland sends comradely greetings and best wishes for 2019 to communist and workers’ parties throughout the world. Capitalism continues to condemn millions to poverty, unemployment, homelessness, inequality, oppression, exploitation, [...]

Workers’ Party calls for implementation of ban on bloodsports

The Workers' Party have called for proper enforcement of laws in place to ban organised stag hunting, following the a 'mock' hunt carried out by the Ward Union Hunt which took place in Ashbourne on [...]

NAMA Land banks should be given to local authorities with funds for public housing construction

The Workers’ Party has called for major NAMA owned land banks suitable for housing to be given to local authorities along with funding for the construction of public housing. Cllr. Ted Tynan (WP) [...]

New Year statement of Workers’ Party President Michael Donnelly

To all Party members, supporters and friends. As the old year closes and a new one dawns it is time to reflect upon what the old represented and the new might hold. Michael Donnelly, [...]

“Bottomless Pit” Cork Events centre should be taken over or scrapped

The Workers’ Party in Cork have condemned the latest government funding pledge to the proposed Cork Events Centre, saying the project had become a bottomless pit for public funds in the midst of a housing [...]

Condolences from international comrades on the death of Seán Garland

KKE (Greece) To the Workers' Party of Ireland Cd. M. Donnelly, Dear comrades, Please accept the condolences of the KKE for the passing of c. Sean Garland, member of the Executive Committee of the Workers' [...]

Letter to international comrades on the death of Comrade Sean Garland

It is with deep sadness and regret that the Workers Party of Ireland announces the death of our esteemed comrade, Sean Garland, a life-long revolutionary, a former General Secretary and Party President and a serving [...]

Death of Comrade Sean Garland

"It is with deep sadness and regret that the Workers Party announces the death of Sean Garland, a life-long comrade, a member of the Party's Central Executive Committee and one of the people who most [...]

Workers’ Party calls on Minister Ross to reclassify the Palmerstown Bypass as a National Road

Minister for Transport Shane Ross must urgently reclassify the Palmerstown Bypass as a National Road, David Gardiner, the Workers’ Party representative for Palmerstown-Fonthill, has said. Gardiner said: “Back when the current Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was [...]

Workers’ Party: Rejection of Cuban medical support will harm Brazil’s most vulnerable

The Workers' Party wishes to offer its solidarity and congratulations to the Cuban doctors and healthcare professionals who have worked to bring healthcare to some 3,600 remote municipalities in Brazil since 2013. The politically-motivated attack [...]

Workers Party prevents sale of council land at Model Farm Road to private developer

Cllr. Ted Tynan (WP) The Workers' Party have secured support to retain in public ownership a 4.7 acre site owned by Cork City Council on Model Farm Road, Cork City. The Workers' Party [...]

Message of solidarity from the Workers’ Party of Ireland with PAME

Dear comrades, The Workers Party of Ireland and the Workers Party Trade Union Group send warm greetings and extend solidarity and congratulations to PAME, the All Workers Militant Front, on the action for a General [...]

Keep Cork Mail Centre open says Cllr. Ted Tynan

The Workers’ Party has called for urgent government intervention to prevent the closure of An Post’s Cork Mail Centre at Little Island which has reportedly been earmarked for closure with the loss of up to [...]

Waterford launch takes place of new research revealing extent of religious health and education ownership

WP calls for public ownership of health and education assets The Workers’ Party yesterday (Thursday) held the Waterford launch of a new policy document, The Future is Secular charting a path towards state-owned public services. [...]

Government must back Digital Turnover Tax if they are serious about taxing mega-corporations

The Workers’ Party have said the government must back the Digital Sales Tax, proposed by the European Commission, if they are serious about taxing mega-corporations. The turnover tax would involve taxing all digital transactions in [...]

State companies must withdraw investments from Saudi Arabia

Gavin Mendel-Gleason The Workers’ Party have called for all state and semi-state companies to withdraw investments from Saudi Arabia. The call comes as the United Nations warned that 14 million people face starvation [...]

Bring back Clerk of Works to Avoid Further Schools Disasters, says McDonagh

Seamus McDonagh The Workers' Party has called for the Clerk of Works to be given responsibility and resourcing for all new building inspections in every local authority, in the wake of the nationwide school [...]

Calls for OPW to reverse planned sell-off of residential land

A Workers' Party councillor has called on the OPW to reverse its decision to sell two residential sites which it owns in Dublin city. The sites are due to be auctioned by Lambert Smith Hampton [...]

New Politics sinks in the more old sleaze as broadband rollout again in doubt

Case for semi-state ESB to take over broadband rollout now unanswerable   Seamus McDonagh The Workers’ Party has said that the latest revelations concerning the contacts between former Communications Minister Denis Naughten and [...]

Subsidies to private landlords grow at double the rate of new social housing in Budget 2019

Budget 2019 is set to expand subsidies to private sector landlords, in the form of HAP and other schemes, by 40% - compared to just a 20% increase in spending on building and acquiring new [...]

Tenants will never see €120 million landlord tax break

100% interest relief amounts to an increased annual tax break of €100 per landlord The Workers’ Party have said it is immoral of the government to hand a €120 million tax break to landlords who [...]

681 public housing units lost due to Kilcarbery land sell-off

David Gardiner, Workers’ Party representative for Lucan, has criticised Fianna Fáil and Labour councillors on South Dublin County Council for voting with Fine Gael to sell-off public land in Kilcarbery, and has called for publicly-owned [...]

Calls for immediate recruitment into Dublin Fire Brigade in wake of latest short-staffing crisis

There have been calls for an immediate recruitment drive to increase staff numbers in Dublin Fire Brigade, in the wake of yet another day of fire appliances remaining off road due to staff shortages. Cllr. [...]

Statement on Michael D. Higgins’s candidacy for the Presidential elections

The Workers’ Party is calling on our members and supporters to vote for the best candidate in the field, Michael D. Higgins, in the upcoming Presidential elections on October 26th. President Higgins stands out from [...]

Workers’ Party Calls for abolition of National Transport Authority

Cllr. Ted Tynan of the Workers’ Party  has deplored the decision by the National Transport Authority (NTA) to privatise yet more routes operated by Bus Éireann and said that instead the NTA itself should be [...]

Repair and leasing scheme failure shows private sector incapable of tackling housing crisis

The failure of the repair and leasing scheme to come close to meeting its targets demonstrates the inability of the private sector to tackle the housing crisis, according to Workers’ Party councillor Éilis Ryan. Cllr. [...]

Disappointment at Cork council’s failure to tackle severe air pollution

Cllr. Ted Tynan (WP) The city councillor behind an initiative to roll out air pollution monitoring in some of Cork's residential neighbourhoods has expressed disappointment that his proposals are being rejected because of [...]

Statement of Solidarity from the Workers’ Party to the Communist Party of Turkey

Dear Comrades, The Workers Party of Ireland sends warm comradely greetings to the Communist Party of Turkey on the occasion of its Conference on the 15th-16th September 2018 in Izmir under the theme "To the [...]

FG Land Agency will copperfasten profits for buy-to-let landlords

The Workers’ Party has said that the government’s newly-announced Land Management Agency will copperfasten the role of landlords as providers of housing for those on low incomes. Speaking in response to this morning’s announcement, Cllr. [...]

Accusations of Garda bias in policing of private evictions

Workers' Party motion to Dublin Central Joint Policing Committee next Monday will call for garda protocol on how it handles evictions A Workers’ Party Dublin City Councillor has accused An Garda Síochána of blatant bias [...]

New evidence of Ireland’s tax haven status requires urgent response

The Workers’ Party has called for an urgent government response to the latest research, published this week, listing Ireland as the world’s biggest tax haven. Workers’ Party city councillor Éilis Ryan said: “A report released [...]

43 Trim/Athboy social housing units is too little to celebrate

Seamus McDonagh The 43 new social housing units opened last week in Trim and Athboy are a stark reminder of how little council housing is being built, according to Workers' Party representative in [...]