News/Statements

€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) [...]

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 [...]