News/Statements

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 [...]

Government must act quickly to reopen National Rehabilitation Hospital paediatric service

Dublin Workers’ Party Councillor Éilis Ryan has called on the Minister for Health and the HSE to act urgently to restore full inpatient paediatric services at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dún Laoighaire. Cllr. Ryan [...]

Government not speaking for majority of Irish people on welcome for Trump

The Workers’ Party has confirmed that it will be organising protests against the visit                of US President Donald Trump during his visit to this country next November. Workers’ Party Cork City Councillor Ted Tynan said [...]

Waterford Post Office closures a ‘missed opportunity,’ says Workers’ Party

The Workers’ Party have said that the planned closure of three post offices in Waterford city and county are a missed opportunity for badly-needed public investment in community services in the county. The statement comes [...]

Dublin City Councillors to vote on motion calling for mandatory vaccinations in wake of latest measles outbreak

Workers' Party Cllr. Éilis Ryan will be tabling a motion at September's meeting of Dublin City Council, calling for a series of local measures to curtail recent and increasing outbreaks of infectious diseases. The move [...]

Recycling Centre fire raises major questions on safety

Workers’ Party Councillor Ted Tynan has said the major fire still being fought at a Dublin recycling centre raises very serious questions over the operation of such facilities and the threat posed to communities close [...]

Workers’ Party calls for FAI to remove Denis O’Brien from new position

The Workers’ Party have called on the FAI to immediately reverse their decision to appoint Denis O’Brien honorary president of the organisation. Workers’ Party representative in Palmerstown, David Gardiner, said the move was a kick [...]

Councillor calls for planners to reject further hotel planning applications

A Dublin city councillor has called on the city’s planners to reject any further planning applications from hotels. The call comes in the wake of reports from Construction Information Services that 79 hotels are currently [...]

“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 [...]