News/Statements

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 [...]

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 [...]