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Government must facilitate discussion on Ireland’s future

The Workers’ Party has called on governments, both north and south, to facilitate a discussion on Ireland’s future by establishing an all-island Civic Forum. David Gardiner, Workers’ Party representative for Palmerstown-Fonthill, said: “We need to begin the process of dialogue and discussion on the future of this island sooner rather than later. These conversations must [...]

March 23rd, 2021|Comments Off on Government must facilitate discussion on Ireland’s future

Leaving Cert students pressured into sitting exams

Leaving Cert students in a Dublin school have told Workers' Party Youth that they were pressured by their school into opting-in for both exams and calculated grades. Eoghan Gardiner, Secretary of Workers' Party Youth, said: "Students were promised choice, clarity and compassion when the plan for their exams and calculated grades was announced last month. [...]

March 12th, 2021|Comments Off on Leaving Cert students pressured into sitting exams

Fair pay and conditions for gig economy workers

The Workers' Party has welcomed the announcement of a government review into the gig economy, calling for fair pay, safer conditions and union recognition for workers. David Gardiner - Workers' Party Palmerstown-Fonthill said: "Companies like Deliveroo and UberEats class these workers as self-employed or sub-contractors rather than employees to avoid having to treat these workers [...]

March 11th, 2021|Comments Off on Fair pay and conditions for gig economy workers

Anti-lockdown protest puts frontline workers at risk

The Workers' Party has criticised anti-lockdown protests that took place in Dublin, describing them as "an absolute insult" to frontline workers and the vulnerable. David Gardiner, Workers' Party representative for Palmerstown-Fonthill, said: "The anti-lockdown protest in the city centre today could mean further spreading of the virus, meaning more illness and death. It was an [...]

February 27th, 2021|Comments Off on Anti-lockdown protest puts frontline workers at risk

Workers’ Party criticises yoyo lockdowns in favour of Zero Covid policy

The Workers’ Party has criticised the government for “yoyo lockdowns”, following comments from Tánaiste Leo Varadkar suggesting that rather than adopting a Zero Covid policy, the government will lift some lockdown restrictions as soon as April. David Gardiner, Workers’ Party representative in Palmerstown-Fonthill, said: “What we’re seeing here is potentially a repeat of the situation [...]

February 10th, 2021|Comments Off on Workers’ Party criticises yoyo lockdowns in favour of Zero Covid policy

Tesco removes workers’ COVID payment

In a contemptuous move, Tesco have removed the 10% Covid payment for their staff. At a time when incidence rates of infection and hospitalisation are at an all time high this decision to remove the 10% payment to their supermarket workers has rightly caused anger and disappointment. Supermarket workers continue to ensure our nation is [...]

January 13th, 2021|Comments Off on Tesco removes workers’ COVID payment

A first-hand account of the IRA Border Campaign

Seán Garland (1934-2018) joined the Irish Republican Army in the early 1950s, leading the Republican Movement forward with unapologetically socialist republican politics, standing firmly against sectarian nationalists, ultra-leftists and careerist politicians all throughout his life. Garland led the 1956 raid of Gough Barracks in Armagh and the 1957 raid of Brookeborough RUC barracks, made popular [...]

December 12th, 2020|Comments Off on A first-hand account of the IRA Border Campaign

Meat processing plants still pose a danger

A Workers' Party representative has reacted to a report from the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) highlighting issues in meat processing plants. The report concerningly highlights "staff working face to face, ill-fitted specialist masks and tightly spaced locker rooms" David Gardiner, Workers' Party representative in Palmerstown-Fonthill and Dublin Mid-West said: "Although the report redacts the [...]

December 1st, 2020|Comments Off on Meat processing plants still pose a danger

300 sign tree pruning petition in Palmerstown Manor

300 people have signed a petition for tree pruning in Palmerstown Manor. The petition, organised by the Workers' Party, calls on South Dublin County Council to add the estate to their Tree Maintenance List 2020-22. David Gardiner, Workers' Party representative in Palmerstown-Fonthill, said: "Numerous residents came to us looking for something to be done on [...]

November 14th, 2020|Comments Off on 300 sign tree pruning petition in Palmerstown Manor

No excuse for anti-social behaviour

Following an apparent rise in anti-social behaviour, Workers' Party representative in Palmerstown-Fonthill David Gardiner has called for parents to keep a close eye on their children over the winter months. Gardiner said: "Many residents are complaining of increased anti-social behaviour in Palmerstown. This has ranged from groups shouting abuse at people and egging houses, to [...]

October 25th, 2020|Comments Off on No excuse for anti-social behaviour