News/Statements

WORKERS’ PARTY BECOME FIRST IRISH PARTY TO BACK NUCLEAR ENERGY

The Workers' Party are the first party on the island of Ireland to endorse the development of nuclear energy in Ireland. The decision was taken at our recent Ard Fheis in Dublin, following two years [...]

Workers’ Party Ard Fheis 2021 Presidential address by Michael McCorry

Comrades and friends,  It is a great honour to be chosen as party president. I thank you all for your trust in me to take on this important role.  We have had a successful day [...]

100th Anniversary of the PCE

On the centenary of its foundation we have sent the following greetings to the Communist Party of Spain: Comrades: On the centenary of the foundation of the Communist Party of Spain, please accept warm congratulations [...]

National Transport Authority Strategy falls far short of what is needed

Workers’ Party representatives across the country have reacted angrily to the review of the National Transport Authority strategy stating that it delivers absolutely nothing for workers. David Gardiner - Workers' Party Palmerstown-Fonthill said: “The announcement [...]

Solidarity with Cuba – no to US destabilisation attempts

The United States continue with their attempts to undermine the Cuban Revolution. Planned counter revolutionary protests for 15th November are nothing more than a propaganda exercise designed to discredit and spread misleading and false information [...]

Socialism and democratic planning only solution to climate crisis

Warnings that failure to deal with the climate emergency will reverse decades of progress in poverty alleviation, lead to increasing conflicts and create tens of millions of climate refugees as the earth becomes inhabitable are [...]

Solidarity to the FSLN

On the day of the Nicaraguan elections the Workers’ Party send our solidarity to the FSLN. In 1979 the FSLN overthrew Anastasio Somoza DeBayle which ended the Somoza dynasty, and established a revolutionary government in [...]

Joined up approached to health only way to tackle pressures on healthcare

As emergency departments across the north warn of possible closures due to extreme pressures it is time for the health committee to take action, invest in our NHS and implement a strategy that will ensure [...]

Spiralling cost of living pushes workers into poverty

As thousands of workers are hit with rising energy costs they now face an additional increase in the cost of bin collections and TV packages. The cost of living for the average person is spiralling [...]

Properly funded NHS system needed to reduce health inequalities

Letsbuyhealthcare is yet another insult to workers and further proof that the government has no intention of implementing Sláintecare or anything remotely like it according to Cathie Shiels, Workers’ Party representative for Finglas/Ballymun. “This new [...]

Understaffing in Dublin Fire Brigade puts us all at risk, says Dublin firefighter

A Workers' Party representative has called for an increase in recruitment to Dublin Fire Brigade after a number of fire engines were unused on Halloween night due to understaffing. David Gardiner is a firefighter, trade [...]

Needs of the homeless must be central to Inner City Helping Homeless liquidation process says WP

The Workers’ Party has called for Dublin City Council to seek to have a Committee of Inspection appointed to oversee the liquidation of Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) to ensure the needs of homeless people [...]

VINCENT BYRNE SITE PLAN COULD BE BUILT WITH JUST ONE EXIT FOR VEHICLES.

A dispute over right-of-way in Palmerstown means that the development on the Vincent Byrne site could be left with only one entrance/exit upon completion. The disagreement, according to a report from the Irish Times, is [...]

A World Still to Win – Trade Union Recognition Pamphlet

A World Still to Win: Union Recognition - A Constitutional and Human Right is a new pamphlet available from the Workers' Party, authored by Dr. Daryl D'Art. The pamphlet traces the history of trade union [...]

More efficient public transport needed for young people to avail of discounts

A more efficient public transport service is needed in order to ensure that young people can make the most of the discounted rates announced in Budget 2022. It is a positive development that some young [...]

Budget 2022 – no support for renters

The lack of support given in Budget 2022 to those on low to middle incomes in the rental sector is stark and deeply concerning, according to Cathie Shiels, Workers’ Party representative Ballymun-Finglas. Shiels said: "The [...]

Budget 2022 will not reduce health inequalities

BUDGET 2022 Budget 2022 falls short of what working people need from our healthcare system according to Claire O’Connor, Workers’ Party representative for Dublin Central. O’Connor said: “The announcement that free GP care will be [...]

Budget offers no real solution for childcare costs

The extension of the universal subsidy for parents to assist with the cost of childcare in Budget 2022 goes nowhere near far enough to support parents getting back to work, according to Seamus McDonagh Workers [...]

Nationalise energy sector

Coupled with rising energy prices, the government’s plan to increase the carbon tax as part of Budget 2022 will add to the costs of working families, making increases in minimum wage and social welfare redundant, [...]

COBBLESTONE

O'Connor calls for council to CPO cobblestone site The plans to build hotels at Merchant’s Arch and on the site of the Cobblestone pub are an attack on Dublin’s cultural heritage, according to Claire O’Connor, [...]

BoI closures show necessity for state owned banking sector

88 branches of Bank of Ireland closed in the south yesterday along with 15 branches in the north as many customers must move to using the post office to bank money over the counter. Seamus [...]

WP call on Dublin City Councillors to honour their responsibility to victims of sexual violence

WP Dublin organiser Claire O’Connor said: “We are putting forward former Cllr Éilis Ryan for the seat formerly held by the late Anthony Flynn. However, we believe the issues concerning the treatment and proper management [...]

Letter to Dublin City Councillors

This is the letter sent last week by the Workers' Party to Dublin City Councillors regarding the upcoming vote on the seat of the late Cllr Anthony Flynn. This election has been triggered by a [...]

Clonliffe Rd development benefits private interests, not renters or the community.

Plans for 1,600 build-to-rent apartments on Clonliffe Road in Drumcondra only serve to benefit private landlords and developers at the expense of renters and the community, according to Claire O'Connor, Workers' Party representative for Dublin [...]

Public planning programme of direct infrastructure development needed to tackle climate change

Following the deaths and destruction from floods and fires in Europe, it has become abundantly clear that there are consequences to unsustainable development. States have responded to the increasingly obvious threat by establishing goals and [...]

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 [...]