News/Statements

Hibernia profit surge shows madness of NAMA sell-off strategy

The profits now being made off assets previously controlled by NAMA show the madness of the government’s “Sell-Off Strategy,” according to the Workers’ Party. Comments released by Cllr. Éilis Ryan (Workers’ Party, North Inner City) [...]

Fitzpatrick acquittal highlights Ireland’s failed justice system

The Workers’ Party have described as deeply disturbing the news that former Anglo-Irish Bank chairman Sean Fitzpatrick has been acquitted on the 126th day of his trial on charges relating to financial irregularities which led [...]

New unilateral bin charges show up farce of voluntary regulation

Revelations today (Sunday) that private waste operators have unilaterally introduced ‘pay-by-weight’ type bin charges - contrary to an agreement in place with government - show up the pointlessness of ‘voluntary’ regulations, according to the Workers’ [...]

AIB sell-off prioritises short-term windfall over long-term economic stability

Michael Noonan’s decision to begin the flotation of AIB next week has drawn criticism for prioritising short-term cash flow over and above the long-term interests of the Irish economy. Commenting on the decision, Workers’ Party [...]

Vultures will rule Ireland long after Noonan’s departure

Outgoing Minister for Finance Michael Noonan’s real legacy will be the control of Irish property, homes and economy by vulture funds, according to Workers’ Party councillor Éilis Ryan. Speaking following Minister Noonan’s announcement of his [...]

Message solidarity and support to PAME on occasion of General Strike & Rallies,

PAME protest in Athens today (17.05.2017) The Workers' Party has sent the following message to PAME, the Greek All Workers Militant Front on the occasion of the Greek General Strike organised by PAME [...]

Kenny’s departure will be met with indifference by workers and their families says Cllr. Ted Tynan

Cllr. Ted Tynan The Workers’ Party has said that the announcement that Taoiseach Enda Kenny will stand down as leader of Fine Gael tonight and as Taoiseach once that party elects a new [...]

Queries raised on why planning authorities failed to prevent Drumcondra creche closure

In the wake of the announced closure of a creche in Drumcondra to make way for a Lidl development, the Workers’ Party have raised queries as to how the creche demolition was not spotted by [...]

Blair’s true politics laid bare by his appearance at Conservative EPP conference in Wicklow

The Workers’ Party has condemned the visit today (Thursday) by former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair to the conference of the European People’s Party (EPP) in Wicklow, the European parliamentary party of which Fine Gael [...]

FF proposal to cut Capital Gains Tax is a predictable return to form

The Workers’ Party has slammed Fianna Fail proposals to cut Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on the sale of vacant homes as a return to form the party of the property speculator and developer. Cllr. Éilis [...]

Dublin City Council votes to sell off 80 housing units for €127

Dublin City Council has voted to sell off 80 units of public housing at St. Mary’s Mansions in Dublin 1, at its monthly meeting tonight (Monday, May 8th). At the meeting, Cllr. Éilis Ryan (Workers’ [...]

Blasphemy row sparks calls for new constitution

Workers’ Party representative for Dublin North-West, Gavin Mendel-Gleason, has responded to the row over Stephen Fry’s comments with a call for a new constitution Mendel-Gleason stated: ‘The farcical investigation into Stephen Fry’s comments shows that [...]

9th May, 72 years after the Great Anti-fascist Victory of the Peoples

Sovet soldiers fly the Red Flag over Berlin on the occasion of the defeat of fascism, May 1945 Contribution by the Workers Party of Ireland to internationalist meeting in Berlin From September 1939 [...]

Government must come clean on whether it supported Saudi bid for UN women’s commission seat

The Workers’ Party has said that the government must come clean on whether it supported Saudi Arabia’s successful bid for a seat on the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Dublin Workers’ Party [...]

Student loans will widen the gulf between high- and low-income grads

Proposals to introduce income-contingent student loans, being discussed today by the Oireachtas education committee, will widen the already significant gulf between high- and low-income graduates, according to the Workers’ Party. Cllr. Eilis Ryan (Workers’ Party) [...]

Solidarity with the struggle of oil workers in Kazakhstan

Kazakh oil workers (Photo via World Federation of Trade Unions) In Kazakhstan, gross violations of trade union and labor rights, and repression of trade union activists continue. We all remember the bloody events [...]

Seamus McDonagh The Workers’ Party have marked International Workers’ Memorial Day with a call for much stiffer penalties for those who flout Health & Safety laws. Workers’ Memorial Day is an official worldwide [...]

Government move to dump state assets is gross financial negligence

More than 800 sites owned by local authorities and public bodies will be offered to the private market according to the Fine Gael led government. The Workers' Party Rep. Gavin Mendel-Gleason believes this move is [...]

National Maternity Hospital: Holles Street Board minutes must be published in full

The Workers’ Party has called for the publication of the minutes of the Holles Street ‘Executive Committee’ board ahead of any further decisions on the National Maternity Hospital (NMH). Speaking ahead of a meeting of [...]

Data shows that National Minimum Wage legislation is flouted by many employers

Cork Workers’ Party Councillor Ted Tynan  has said that data released by the Central Statistics Office today (Wednesday) shows that what is meant to be a statutory National Minimum Wage is in fact being treated [...]

Citizens’ Assembly puts ball in Fine Gael court to legislate for freely available abortion

Citizens’ Assembly puts ball in Fine Gael court to legislate for freely available abortion  Workers' Party activists including Seamus McDonagh with the party's Repeal the 8th Amendment banner in Dublin last week The [...]

Fine Gael slammed for leaving Irish women’s lives to chance with Citizens’ Assembly 

    The Workers Party has slammed what it says is Fine Gael's decision to delegate women's healthcare to a handful of people. Reacting to this afternoon's announcement that the Citizens' Assembly would not be recommending [...]

Maternity Hospital debacle prompts calls for full ‘divestment’ of St. Vincent’s Hospital from church

Workers’ Party Councillor Éilis Ryan has issued a statement calling for the full divestment and state acquisition of St Vincent’s Hospital, in a manner similar to the divestment of national schools. The councillor, who led [...]

The Workers’ Party says the principle of a public national health service is at stake in the National Maternity Hospital debacle

Cllr. Eilis Ryan, Workers’ Party Councillor for the North Inner City, said: Discussions about triple locks and golden shares completely miss the point concerning the National Maternity Hospital debacle. There is simply no need for [...]

Workers Party to contest Westminster seats in Northern Ireland

For Northern Ireland the Westminster election on June 8th is not about leaving the European Union nor is it a re-run of the referendum. It is an opportunity to pass judgement on the main parties [...]

300 people attend Workers’ Party demo against National Maternity Hospital plan

300 people attended a lunchtime demonstration outside the Department of Health today (Thursday). The demonstration, which was called by the Workers’ Party, was organised to protest against a government decision that the Sisters of Charity [...]

Workers’ Party Easter Oration 2017

Workers' Party oration marking the 101st anniversary of the 1916 Rising Gemma Weir delivering the Workers' Party Easter oration at Arbour Hill, Dublin.       The Easter Rising 1916 was a truly [...]

Church ownership of National Maternity Hospital makes a mockery of the Citizens’ Assembly

The Workers’ Party has condemned the decision to grant sole ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital to the Sisters of Charity, saying it presents a ‘nightmare scenario’ to women who will depend on the [...]

Workers’ Party of Ireland solidarity message to the Iraqi Communist Party

Dear Comrades, The Workers Party of Ireland extends its solidarity to the Iraqi Communist Party and condemns the vicious and cowardly attack on the headquarters of the district committee of the Iraqi Communist Party in [...]

Workers’ Party says Fianna Fáil trying to leave the door open for water charges in future

Commenting on developments at the Oireachtas Water Committee, Workers’ Party Cork City Councillor Ted Tynan said: 'The last minute deal by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to amend the recommendations of the Water Committee report [...]

Breakdown in Bus Éireann talks proves need for greater direct government involvement in public transport

Séamus McDonagh, Workers' Party representative for Meath, has called for the government to step into the Bus Éireann dispute, by putting in place a Registered Employment Agreement (REA) for bus workers. Speaking following the breakdown [...]

Workers’ Party proposes new public holiday to compensate bar workers for end to Good Friday alcohol ban

The Workers’ Party has proposed a new public holiday to compensate bar and off licence workers for the proposed end to the Good Friday alcohol ban. The proposal comes in response to legislation introduced today [...]

Over 100 Bus Éireann Workers Petition RTÉ for Fair Coverage of Dispute

Bus Éireann workers have today lodged a petition with RTÉ calling for fair coverage of strike action. The letter, which was drafted and submitted by the Workers’ Party with hundreds of signatures from Bus Éireann [...]

Coveney’s water stance exposes Fine Gael hypocrisy on Europe

TThe Workers Party has accused Simon Coveney of a hypocritical attitude to rulings by European bodies over his stance on the report by the Oireachtas committee on water Workers' Party representative for Dublin North West, [...]

Calls for new compulsory institutional redress scheme in wake of Oblates statement

A statement released by the Oblates on Tuesday (April 4th) has been met with calls for the state to abandon the voluntary redress scheme in place since the Ryan Report, and make way for a [...]

Dublin Councillors vote against state company to develop public lands

Dublin City Councillors have voted down a Workers' Party proposal that a state company be established in order to build public housing on publicly-owned land. Reacting to the vote, Workers' Party councillor Éilis Ryan said: [...]

Dublin housing reaching Celtic Tiger levels of unaffordability for average worker

The Workers’ Party has condemned the figures on increasing house prices in Dublin have been met with Workers’ Party Dublin representative Gavin Mendel-Gleason. Responding to figures released today (3rd April) by Myhome.ie, Mendel-Gleason said: The [...]

Councillor warns Dublin City Council land tendering plan risks repeating PPP failures of the past

Calls for Dublin City Council to use a state company to develop its land instead of PPP A city councillor has warned that Dublin City Council (DCC) is at risk of repeating the disastrous Public-Private [...]

Warning that Jobstown jury selection bias denies justice

There have been warnings that the Director of Public Prosecution's (DPP's) attempts to curtail representation of a broad set of activists on the jury of the Jobstown trial, could undermine the defendant's right to a [...]

Further DPP Jobstown intrusion slammed as an attempt to silence peaceful campaigning

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has this morning come in for criticism for its attempts to silence peaceful campaigners in the run up to the trial of dozens of Jobstown anti-water charges activists. Cllr. [...]