News/Statements

“Student housing” rented out for €170/night during Pope’s visit

One of Dublin’s controversial new student housing schemes is breaching its planning permission by letting out rooms for up to €170 / night during the Pope’s visit, according to Workers’ Party councillor Éilis Ryan. Cllr. [...]

Hospital waiting list figures should shame both all who have served in government

The Workers’ Party have said that the revelation that almost one million people are on the country’s hospital waiting lists should be a source of deep shame for all parties and independents deputies who have [...]

Council must CPO properties found to fail health and safety standards, says city councillor

A city councillor has called for Dublin City Council to make extensive use of its powers of compulsory purchase, including in relation to properties on Summerhill Parade currently occupied by housing activists. Cllr. Éilis Ryan, [...]

Workers’ Party solidarity with the CP of Mexico

SOLIDARITY MESSAGE FROM THE WORKERS PARTY OF IRELAND TO THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF MEXICO ON THE OCCASION OF ITS VI CONGRESS, 3-5 AUGUST 2018. Dear Comrades, The Workers Party of Ireland sends warm comradely greetings [...]

Workers’ Party of Ireland condemns assassination attempt against Venezuelan President

The Workers Party of Ireland strongly condemns the assassination attempt against President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela on Saturday and sends best wishes and solidarity to the working people of Venezuela. This is further evidence of [...]

Solidarity with the Palestinian People’s Party

The Workers' Party of Ireland is a signatory of the following statement issued by more than 30 Communist and Workers' Parties worldwide Palestinian People's Party logo The Communist and Worker Parties decisively condemn [...]

Government should immediately move to prevent PTSB mortgages to Vulture Fund

  The Workers’ Party have called for immediate intervention by the state to prevent the sale by Permanent TSB of up to 10,000 mortgages to Start Mortgages, an Irish affiliate of the Texas based Lone [...]

Government should task state owned ESB Networks with implementation of National Broadband Plan

The Workers’ Party have called on the government to task ESB Networks with the job of completing Ireland’s National Broadband Plan. Workers’ Party County Meath representative, Seamus McDonagh, said it was clear that the tendering [...]

Solidarity with Greece following devastating forest fires

Statement of the International Section of the Workers Party of Ireland 27th July 2018 The Workers Party of Ireland extends its sincere condolences to the families of the victims of the fires in the area [...]

Legislation needed to put manners on rogue employers such as Ryanair

Gavin Mendel-Gleason The Workers’ Party have called for the introduction of legislation to “put manners” on rogue employers such as Ryanair which refuse to engage in the state’s industrial relations resolution mechanisms and [...]

Solidarity with Cuba on the anniversary of 26 July 1953

Solidarity with Cuba on the anniversary of 26 July 1953 Statement of the International Section of the Workers Party of Ireland 26 July celebrations in Cuba 65 years ago, on 26th July 1953, [...]

Report shows that Mental Health is poor relation of a crumbling health service

The Workers’ Party has described the findings of the Mental Health Commission as “utterly shocking” and said the report proves that Mental Health services in this country are the poor relation of an already crumbling [...]

Renewed calls for mandatory MMR vaccination scheme in wake of latest measles outbreak

The Workers’ Party has today (Tuesday) called for the introduction of a requirement that all children who use shared childcare and education schemes, including créches, play facilities, and schools, be required to produce evidence of [...]

Statement on the Israeli declaration of the Jewish Nation State

The Workers Party of Ireland has condemned last week’s decision by the Israeli Knesset to pass the sectarian and racist law that defines Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people and which asserts [...]

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 [...]