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COVID testing must be state controlled

It has been reported in the Irish Times today (12/11/2020) that anyone returning to Ireland for Christmas will have to pay up to €200 for a PCR test. Cathie Shiels, Workers’ Party representative for Finglas/Ballymun said ‘There are several issues with this. Firstly, regardless of how much we wish to have our loved ones with [...]

November 12th, 2020|Comments Off on COVID testing must be state controlled

Sectarian obstruction methods still at play in Stormont

The recent debacle regarding the decision to extend or end the current Covid restrictions in Northern Ireland has highlighted the fact that sectarian obstruction methods are still very much at play. Conor Campbell, Workers Party representative for West Belfast said ‘Despite the fact the DUP are insistent the reason they are blocking the extension of [...]

November 12th, 2020|Comments Off on Sectarian obstruction methods still at play in Stormont

NI Housing Executive must remain public body

Last week Carál Ní Chuilín Minister for Communities released the proposed Sinn Féin policy to restructure the Housing Executive to great fan fair. However, the proposals lack any real substance and, in some cases, have very worrying questions and repercussions. The absence of any real substance or plan to address the private sector was notable. [...]

November 11th, 2020|Comments Off on NI Housing Executive must remain public body

US Election – Neither Party will improve the lot of workers

As the U.S. election saga comes to a conclusion Donald Trump has been defeated and Joe Biden installed as U.S. President. Trump has plenty to say about the defeat and he and his Republican machine are already planning a number of legal challenges. His claims of election fraud have so far not been backed up [...]

November 8th, 2020|Comments Off on US Election – Neither Party will improve the lot of workers

NI Assembly restrictions not enough

The Workers’ Party is dismayed at the half measures put in place by the Northern Ireland Assembly today. That it took this long for the Assembly to meet is astounding in itself but for the outcome to be this vague is insulting to our citizens and the crisis we are facing. Chris Bailie, Workers’ Party [...]

October 14th, 2020|Comments Off on NI Assembly restrictions not enough

Workers Left Wanting in Budget 2021

Budget 2021 leaves workers and their families behind in favour of corporate Ireland, says Workers’ Party representative for Dublin Mid-West, David Gardiner. Reacting to the figures announced today, Gardiner said: “This budget will bring little if any relief to working class people and, in many regards, will worsen things significantly for them. Housing will remain [...]

October 13th, 2020|Comments Off on Workers Left Wanting in Budget 2021

Proposal for a zero Covid-19 Ireland, and Public Economic Recovery Plan

Proposal for a Zero Covid IrelandDownload Summary  Make Zero-Covid the Goal of the next Lockdown All island lockdown based on the Foot & Mouth response Mandatory mask usage (visors are ineffective) in all shared indoor spacesA suspension of all non-essential travel into the island of Ireland  Mandatory testing and strictly monitored quarantine for everyone entering [...]

October 5th, 2020|Comments Off on Proposal for a zero Covid-19 Ireland, and Public Economic Recovery Plan

End ‘secret’ discrimination against those on housing benefit

A recent research has uncovered that a staggering eight out of 10 landlords in Belfast do not accept tenants who are in receipt of housing benefit. This comes despite a ruling stating that discrimination against tenants in receipt of benefits was ‘unlawful and discriminatory’. OpenRent an online letting agent has stated that landlords are permitted [...]

August 29th, 2020|Comments Off on End ‘secret’ discrimination against those on housing benefit

Assembly increase their own expenses

MLAs have increased salaries for staff by 46% as well as increasing allowances for running their constituency offices from £4,900 to £7,000 per year. Payments will be backdated to 1st April. The changes unsurprisingly were supported by the DUP, Sinn Fein and the SDLP. This could in effect cost the taxpayers an extra £4.2m every [...]

August 29th, 2020|Comments Off on Assembly increase their own expenses