News/Statements

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 [...]

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 [...]

Residents living in unsanitary conditions

Residents at Kinnaird Close, North Belfast contacted the Workers’ Party via our online advice centre regarding a very serious health and safety risk relating to overflowing bins and unsanitary conditions. To investigate the issue further [...]

Rebuild the Silver Bridge

Plans for conservation works on the Silver Bridge in Palmerstown need to be elaborated upon according to David Gardiner, Workers' Party representative in Palmerstown-Fonthill. He criticised Fingal County Council, responsible for the future of the [...]

Workers’ Party write to Minister Coveney re Cuba sanctions

Below is the text of a letter that the Workers' Party has sent to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, in relation to US sanctions against Cuba and the recent designation of Cuba, by [...]

Land Development Agency bypassing of councillors is a power-grab by developers

The Workers’ Party has condemned the proposal by the Land Development Agency (LDA) to bypass local authority councillors when land is sold by a local authority to the LDA, saying the proposal represents a power [...]

Council must introduce affordability guarantee for social housing purchases

Dublin City Council must introduce an ‘affordability guarantee’ which ensures that Part V social housing purchases will be affordable, according to the Workers’ Party. The call comes in the wake of revelations that developer Johnny [...]

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 [...]

Remembering Comrade John Jefferies

John joined the Workers’ Party in the late 1980s, becoming a member of a branch in the Cork South Central Constituency. At that time John was working in the retail trade and was already an [...]

Workers’ Party calls for civic forum to debate national question

In the wake of Brexit, with the reality of a trade border (whether physical or virtual) in the Irish Sea, and increasing constitutional instability within the UK due to increasing demands and support for Scottish [...]

Pandemic affecting children’s mental health

A study conducted by NHS digital found that the number of children effected by mental health issues during the pandemic has increased from one in nine to one in six. The reasons given by children [...]

Government must work with teachers to safely reopen schools

The Republic of Ireland is an outlier in Europe in not reopening schools for children with special needs after the Christmas recess. The effects of this on many children with special education needs and their [...]

Infection rates in hospitals out of control

The Workers’ Party has reacted to a report from the INMO which states that infection rates in hospitals are ‘out of control’. Éilis Ryan, Workers’ Party Dublin Central said “Currently over 5,4000 health workers now [...]

Over Reliance on Vaccine Dangerous

The Workers' Party has accused the government of relying too heavily on the quick and flawless distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine. This comes following production issues which will see Ireland receive only half of the [...]

Poorer Countries must have Equal Access to COVID Vaccine

The World Health Organisation (WHO) have warned that the world now faces a “catastrophic moral failure” due to the inequity with Covid vaccine policies. The Director General of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, stated that there [...]

Palestine must have equal access to Covid vaccine

Israel have already administered the vaccine to a higher percentage of its population than other countries. While they have offered the vaccine to Palestinians with resident status in East Jerusalem, they have not done the [...]

Delayed diagnosis and treatments will cause long term problems for the NHS

The chief executive of the Northern Trust has reported that 50 per cent of patients in Antrim Area Hospital have tested positive for Covid-19. Across the whole of the north there are now 840 Covid [...]

Dublin 7 Residents Voice Concern About Proposed Co-Living Development At Hendron’s Building, Upper Dominick Street

145 residents of Dublin Central have signed a petition in support of an objection lodged to An Bord Pleanála by Workers’ Party representative, Éilis Ryan. The objection concerns the proposed development of 280 ‘co-living’ apartments [...]

US must end sanctions in Syria

In December, a UN independent human rights expert called on the United States to remove the sanctions against Syria warning that it may seriously impede the rebuilding of the countries destroyed infrastructure and increase the [...]

Irish Daily Mail attacks paramedics amid government vaccine rollout failures

Firefighter, paramedic and Workers’ Party representative David Gardiner has accused the irish Daily Mail of insulting frontline workers, following an article implying that Dublin paramedics jumped the queue for the COVID-19 vaccine, while also criticising [...]

Covid increases poverty levels

The independent Think Tank, Resolution Foundation has conducted a survey into the increase in poverty due to Covid. From the Summer of 2020 families with children who were in the lowest income bracket were reporting [...]

Nationalise private hospitals

The Workers' Party supports the call from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) to nationalise all private hospitals to fight against COVID-19. David Gardiner, Workers' Party representative in Palmerstown-Fonthill, said: "The healthcare system is [...]

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 [...]

Mother and baby home survivors deserve better

After a five-year investigation the Commission of Investigation has produced its final report into Mother and Baby homes. The report makes for grim reading and we are faced with confronting one of the darkest and [...]