News/Statements

13-year waiting time for housing in south Dublin, public housing is the solution, says Workers’ Party rep

The average time spent on South Dublin County Council’s housing waiting list is “disgracefully long,” according to David Gardiner, Workers’ Party representative for Palmerstown-Fonthill. For a 4-bedroom house, the average wait is 13 years, while [...]

South Dublin County Council should purchase land beside Silver Bridge

Following the announcement that South Dublin County Council supports rebuilding the Silver Bridge, the council should purchase the land surrounding the structure, according to David Gardiner, Workers’ Party representative in Palmerstown-Fonthill. "Though the council have [...]

Abortion services must be available to women in NI

Westminster directive to Stormont’s Department of Health to set up full and accessible abortion services by no later than March 2022 is welcome according to Gemma Weir, Workers’ Party Castle DEA.  “Changes to abortion [...]

No place for racism or division in our communities

The recent comments from Marc Collins, DUP councillor for Mid and East Antrim are nothing more than racist dog whistling says Chris Bailie:Workers Party,Oldpark DEA: “Mr Collins is very quick to say that his comments [...]

No place for sectarianism

Last year saw an increase in sectarian attacks and there is no doubt that this year will see another rise. Chris Bailie:Workers Party,Oldpark DEA said: “Recently we have seen an attack on a 12 year [...]

End sanctions against Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela

The United States has a wide-ranging sanctions programme which affects two dozen countries around the world. Three of these counties are in Latin America: Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. These sanctions are extremely severe and cause [...]

Vulture landlords will soon own at least 832 homes in Palmerstown, Clondalkin and Lucan

by David Gardiner, Workers' Party representative for Palmerstown-Fonthill As the housing crisis continues, vulture landlords will soon own at least 832 homes across Palmerstown, Clondalkin and Lucan. The biggest offender (that we know of) is [...]

Solidarity with German Communists

Recently, the returning officer in Germany has told the DKP (Deutsche Kommunistische Partei or the German Communist Party) that they will not be registered as a political party for the upcoming elections and may be [...]

The Workers’ Party of Ireland condemns the bureaucratic exclusion of the DKP

Recently, the returning officer in Germany has told the DKP (Deutsche Kommunistische Partei or the German Communist Party) that they will not be registered as a political party for the upcoming elections and may be [...]

Community led response only way to solve bonfire tensions

There has been much backwards and forwards about the Eleventh night bonfires particularly the one located in the Tigers Bay Area of North Belfast. Which is a source of escalating tensions among residents in the [...]

Workers’ Party calls for library and teenspace for Palmerstown in SDCC County Development Plan

The Workers’ Party is currently in the process of submitting an observation on South Dublin County Council’s Draft County Development Plan 2022-28. The plan essentially sets the agenda for what work the council will carry [...]

Prospect Hill apartments must remain in public hands

Prospect Hill apartments must remain in public hands, according to Cathie Shiels, Workers' Party representative for Ballymun-Finglas. Shiels said:“That NAMA is going to sell Finglas apartments into the private market is bad enough, but what’s [...]

Hospitality workers must be recognised as essential in reopening

People working in hospitality are being subjected to hypocrisy from the government ahead of plans to allow indoor dining, according to David Gardiner, Workers' Party representative for Palmerstown-Fonthill. Gardiner said: "Young hospitality workers, who are [...]

Bodenstown Oration 2021

The following oration was delivered at the Workers’ Party’s annual Wolfe Tone Commemoration by Éilis Ryan, Workers’ Party Ard Comhairle member. Comrades and Friends, We return today to Bodenstown to remember and to honour Wolfe [...]

Train station at Kylemore would serve Ballyfermot and surrounding areas

The Workers' Party has called for a new train station at Kylemore in Ballyfermot to better serve the suburb and surrounding areas of west Dublin, as part of a submission on the DART+ South West [...]

‘Hate Speech’ legislation risks political abuse, according to Workers’ Party

The Workers’ Party has called for amendments to proposed hate crime legislation to remove reference to ‘reckless’ speech, saying as it stands the proposed legislation risks subjective political abuse.  Workers’ Party representative for Dublin Central, [...]

Greetings to the 21st Congress of the KKE

Dear Comrades, On behalf of the Central Executive Committee of The Workers’ Party of Ireland, I wish to extend greetings to the 21st Congress of the Communist Party of Greece. We note the three important [...]

Hands off Nicaragua

The United States continue to escalate its attacks on Nicaragua. Nicaragua is yet another in a long line of countries which, seen as a threat to U.S. imperialism, is being subjected to sanctions based on [...]

Solidarity with Cuba

The Workers’ Party wish to express their condemnation that a small group of right-wing MEPs have prepared a resolution to be included in the next Assembly of the European Parliament, today, June 8th. This resolution [...]

Prepare for an outdoor summer: more bins, toilets and seats for Dublin

The scenes in Dublin city centre last night (Saturday) show that we need to provide amenities to accommodate an outdoor summer, according to David Gardiner, Workers' Party representative for Palmerstown-Fonthill. "Nobody wants to see streets [...]

Public not private: State must own land on which new NMH is built

The Workers’ Party calls for a clear separation of Church and State in the development of the new National Maternity Hospital. This new hospital must be built on State owned land and must be under [...]

May Day 2021 Statement

The Workers' Party sends greetings to all workers' and their families on May Day, International Workers' Day. Workers have faced increasing uncertainty and hardships over the last year. The capitalist system has proven itself woefully [...]

Public toilets and overflow bins for south Dublin parks

South Dublin County Council should prepare for an increase in footfall in local parks by installing public toilets and overflow bins, according to David Gardiner, Workers’ Party representative for Palmerstown-Fonthill. He said: "As restrictions are [...]

Statement on the recent split from The Workers’ Party

The Workers’ Party is aware that a group of former Party members held an inaugural conference over the weekend and have launched a new political organisation. This group has attempted to lay claim, without any [...]

European Super League: Greedy billionaires steal the working class game

The Workers' Party has criticised the plans for a European Super League as stealing football from working class communities. David Gardiner, Workers' Party representative for Palmerstown-Fonthill in Dublin, said: "The plan for a European Super [...]

Build an overpass for Palmerstown

Palmerstown needs an overpass to deal with its traffic problem and future developments, according to Workers' Party representative David Gardiner. He said: "As anybody living here can tell you, traffic is a major problem in [...]

Workers’ Party appeal for calm and unity

The Workers’ Party, once again, strongly condemns the violence and disorder which took place last night. This is not the correct way for the Unionist community to air their frustrations and only further fuels the [...]

Solidarity with the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in Kerala Legislative Assembly elections

The Workers’ Party of Ireland sends its solidarity and best wishes to the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) and other progressive forces within the Left Democratic Front (LDF), as it contests Legislative Assembly elections [...]

Easter Oration 2021

The Workers' Party 2021 Easter Commemoration was held online due to the covid pandemic. Caoimhe Garland, Ard Comhairle and Belfast Workers' Party gave the oration below. Fáilte, a chairde agus a chomrádaithe chuig ár gcomóradh [...]

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 [...]

Sinn Féin hypocrisy continues

The outrage at a cartoon detecting Mary-Lou as a witch in the Irish Independent at the weekend has completely overshadow the failure of Sinn Féin to support a woman’s right to choose in the north. [...]

DUP, Sinn Féin continue to fail women in NI

An FOI request has revealed that the cross community veto was used on three separate occasions by the DUP to block a legal requirement allowing women to access abortion services in Northern Ireland. Gemma Weir, [...]

Abortion services must be made available to women in NI

The Secretary of State is set to bring forward new regulations to Westminster over the next week which will allow him to direct the NI Exec to make abortion services available to women in Northern [...]

Sinn Féin and DUP fail women in NI

The Severe Fetal Impairment Bill, which was brough by DUP MLA Paul Givan has passed the second stage by a staggering 48 votes to 12. This means the bill will now go forward for scrutiny [...]

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: [...]

NI must develop a strategy to tackle violence against women and girls

Northern Ireland has no specific strategy to bring an end to violence against women and girls. The Workers’ Party fully support the call by Women's Aid and urge the Assembly to begin work on this [...]

Irish government must act as Biden signals no end to Cuba sanctions

The admission by a White House spokesperson that the Biden government does not intend to lift restrictions against Cuba introduced by Trump is yet more proof that the current US regime is no different to [...]

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 [...]

100th anniversary greetings to the Portuguese Communist Party

Dear Comrades, The Workers’ Party of Ireland sends its congratulations to the Portuguese Communist Party on the 100th anniversary of its founding. It has been one hundred years of class struggle which has seen the [...]

Harris must clarify or withdraw claims that left-wing groups attended Grafton Street anti-lockdown demos

The Workers’ Party have called for Garda Commissioner Drew Harris to withdraw his comments that left-wing groups were associated with today’s Grafton Street anti-lockdown protest, unless he is able to provide further detail about which [...]