News/Statements

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 [...]

Cork Incinerator draws planning process into disrepute, skewed against ordinary people

Workers’ Party Councillor Ted Tynan has called for a “root and branch” overhaul of the planning process in the wake of An Bórd Pleanála’s decision to grant planning permission to Indaver for a major waste [...]

Collapse of Sammon Group must prompt immediate halt to new Public Private Partnership

The Workers’ Party have said that the liquidation today (Tuesday) of Sammon Contracting Ireland as part of the continuing fallout of the collapse of UK Carillion consortium must prompt an immediate halt to any proposed [...]

Statement on the 150th anniversary of the birth of James Connolly

5th June 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of James Connolly, in Cowgate in Edinburgh. During his lifetime, Connolly would play an important role in the development of Marxist organisations in Scotland, Ireland [...]

Ireland should advocate independent investigation into shooting of Palestinian medic

Dublin paramedic calls for expulsion of Israeli ambassador, in solidarity with the murdered medic The Workers' Party have reiterated their call for the Israeli ambassador to be expelled from the country, in the wake of [...]

Statement by the International Secretary of the Workers Party of Ireland on Venezuela

On Sunday, 20th May 2018, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, supported by the Communist Party of Venezuela, was re-elected to office. Despite winning all bar two of the many elections and referenda in the course of [...]

FOI reveals cancelation of Literary Festival event ‘The Question of the 8th’ based on wrong information

A Freedom on Information request by Workers’ Party City Councillor, Eilis Ryan, has revealed that the controversial decision by Dublin City Council to cancel an event about the book "The Question of the 8th" at [...]

Workers’ Party welcomes huge Yes vote in Meath, calls for abortion to be provided at no cost to women

Workers’ Party representative in Meath, Séamus McDonagh, has welcomed the large yes vote in favour of the repeal of the 8th amendment. Speaking following the referendum, McDonagh said: "This referendum was a resounding victory for [...]

Workers’ Party welcomes huge Yes vote in Waterford, calls for abortion to be provided at no cost to women

Workers’ Party representative in Waterford, Dick Roche, has welcomed the large yes vote in favour of the repeal of the 8th amendment. Speaking following the referendum, Roche said: "This referendum was a resounding victory for [...]

Workers’ Party calls for any agri-industry job vacancies to be opened up to undocumented migrants and asylum seekers.

Gavin Mendel-Gleason The Workers’ Party has criticized a recent announcement by government to seek 800 non-EU workers to take up work permits in the agri-food sector. The Party has called for any job [...]

The statement on the dangerous consequences of the US withdrawal from JCPoA agreement for world peace – 20 May 2018, Athens

We, the undersigned Communist and Workers parties condemn the decision of the Trump administration – in complete contravention of world public opinion – in taking the USA out of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [...]

Belfast solidarity with Palestine

The Workers’ Party participated in a large rally in the centre of Belfast in solidarity with the Palestinian people.  The following address was made by Gerry Grainger, Director of International Affairs of the Workers’ Party [...]

Tallaght firefighters condemn ‘Save the 8th’ firefighter ad as ‘offensive and misleading’

Two Tallaght firefighters, both active in the campaign for a Yes vote in the upcoming referendum, have condemned the latest ad by the ‘Save the 8th’ campaign, which depicts a firefighter carrying a child out [...]

Calls for state to acquire residential apartments being let as ‘Airbnb style’ tourist accommodation

The Workers’ Party have issued renewed calls for a ban on short-term rental accommodation in Dublin, in the wake of the latest figures released today showing that half of all Dublin lettings were aimed at [...]

Expulsion of Israeli ambassador only acceptable response to Palestinian killings

The Workers’ Party has called on Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, to expel the Israeli ambassador, in response to the scale of killings of Palestinians by the Israeli army in recent days. Speaking on [...]

Workers’ Party condemn slaughter in Palestine

The Workers Party of Ireland condemns today’s murderous attacks on Palestinian civilians by the Israeli state. At present, sources suggest that at least 55 Palestinians have been killed and 2,400 wounded by Israeli forces, on [...]

Expulsion of Israeli ambassador only acceptable response to Palestinian killings

The Workers’ Party has called on Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, to expel the Israeli ambassador, in response to the scale of killings of Palestinians by the Israeli army in recent days. Speaking on [...]

Major Yes rally hears number of abortions in Portugal has reduced following liberalisation

The Workers’ Party today held a major rally calling for a Yes vote in the upcoming referendum to remove the 8th amendment from the constitution. The rally took place in the offices of CONNECT Trade [...]

Calls for non-religious polling station for upcoming referendum

The Workers’ Party have called on the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, as well returning officers, to ensure that religious schools are not selected as polling stations for the upcoming referendum, given the [...]

Workers’ Party launch Cork YES poster campaign, focussing on women forced to travel to UK for abortion

The Workers' Party have launched a poster campaign across Cork City calling for a Yes vote in the upcoming referendum on whether to repeal the 8th amendment. Speaking following the launch of the posters, Workers' [...]

Minister Coveney must condemn United States withdrawal from Iran nuclear agreement

Gavin Mendel-Gleason The Workers' Party have called on Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney to condemn the United States withdrawal from a nuclear agreement with Iran. The call comes following an announcement from [...]

Statement of the Initiative of Communist & Workers’ Party on Karl Marx anniversary

‘’ The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it”. 200 years ago, οn May 5th 1818, in the city of Trier of Prussia, the great revolutionary [...]

Workers’ Party launch Meath YES poster campaign, focussing on women forced to travel to UK for abortion

The Workers' Party have launched a poster campaign across Meath calling for a Yes vote in the upcoming referendum on whether to repeal the 8th amendment. Speaking following the launch of the posters, Workers' Party [...]

Cervical Screening Inquiry must focus on cost motive for choosing private screening labs

The Workers' Party have called for the remit of the cervical cancer enquiry to include the appropriateness of cost being used as a criteria for choosing screening labs. Cllr. Ted Tynan, Workers' Party representative on [...]

Lucan Church reported to Charity Regulator over anti-abortion billboard

Lucan Church reported to Charity Regulator over anti-abortion billboard Workers' Party representative in Lucan / Palmerstown, David Gardiner, has reported St. Mary's church in Lucan village to the Charity Regulator, for what he considers to [...]

Workers’ Party statement on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx

On the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx Statement by the International Section The Workers Party of Ireland   Karl Marx was born on 5th May 1818, in Trier in the Rhineland of Prussia and [...]

Workers’ Party launches referendum campaign 35 years on from first opposing 8th amendment

The Workers’ Party this morning (Monday) launched their referendum campaign outside Dáil Éireann. To launch the campaign, the Party displayed their 1983 posters against the 8th amendment, alongside newly-launched ‘Yes’ posters for the 2018 referendum. [...]

Expanded Cork City must get greater elected representation or will be undemocratic

  Cork's new city boundary will add 90,00 to population The Workers’ Party have strongly criticised the Terms of Reference of the new electoral boundary committee for the expanded Cork City which proposes [...]

Charities Regulator accused of double standards for ignoring Catholic Church referendum campaigning

Repeal mural tackled by Charities Regulator but Catholic Church ignored despite charitable status The Workers' Party have accused the Charities' Regulator of double standards for failing to tackle the Catholic Church's campaigning on the upcoming [...]

An Post “upgrade” will further erode services in smaller towns and villages

The Workers’ Party has criticised an announcement by An Post of a plan to close around 100 post offices across the country while concentrating modernised servces in cities and larger urban areas as another blow [...]

Workers’ Party hold Belfast rally in opposition to imperialist attacks on Syria

Workers' Party members outside Belfast City Hall this afternoon (Friday) in opposition to US/UK/French bombing of Syria.     Workers Party opposes imperialist attacks against Syria   The Workers Party of Ireland condemns [...]

NAMA should sack Poolbeg receiver for reneging on social housing commitments

Cllr. Éilis Ryan The Workers’ Party have called on the Minister for Finance to instruct NAMA to sack the receiver appointed to a number of portfolios, including the land bank at the former [...]

Workers’ Party call for restoration of tax relief on trade union subscriptions

The Workers' Party have demanded demanded that the government restore tax relief on Trade Union subscriptions for workers, saying that the present situation whereby Trade Union members are the only people paying subscriptions to  representative [...]

Public Expenditure officials warned government against EU army 2% expenditure requirements

Cllr. Éilis Ryan The government received advice from senior officials in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) in March 2017 that raising its defense expenditure to 2%, as required under the [...]