News/Statements

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 [...]

Baby homes leak is a disgrace

The Workers’ Party wishes to note its disappointment at the leaking of the details of the Mother and Baby Home Commission report to the media. This action has caused a huge amount of distress to [...]

Minister fails special education as well as nurseries

Chris Bailie:Workers Party,Oldpark DEA representative has strongly criticised the Minister for Education who has shown complete contempt for special schools and their teaching staff. He said ‘Along with their colleagues in nurseries, special schools remain [...]

Minister fails teachers and students again

Gemma Weir, Workers Party North Belfast representative has slammed Education Minister Peter Weir for his total incompetence in supporting schools during the pandemic. Back in September schools were asked to come up with a plan [...]

Anti-social behaviour not welcome in our communities

The Workers’ Party have strongly condemned the recent act of vandalism on St James Community Farm. A spokesperson said ‘St James Community Farm is supported by families in the community. It homes goats and sheep [...]

Workers’ Party condemns anti social behaviour

The Workers' Party has condemned recent anti-social behaviour in the Lower Falls, which has left a local playground in ruins. A spokesperson said:"It is understood that bins were stolen from residents and set alight in [...]

NI Housing Executive must be protected from privatisation

There can be no doubt, despite the dressing up, the recent statement delivered by the Minister of Communities regarding the Northern Ireland Housing Executive is nothing more than a plan for privatisation. Despite the minister’s [...]

NI Minster reopens schools with no consultation

In an incredibly contemptuous and cowardly move the Northern Ireland Minster for Education has sent a letter to schools this evening informing Principals that schools will reopen as normal in January. This comes with no [...]

Government fails Leaving Cert students

Workers' Party Youth has accused the government of failing Leaving Cert students, urging them to make preparations for the possibility of a non-traditional Leaving Cert. Eoghan Gardiner, Secretary of Workers' Party Youth, said: "The plan [...]

School closure must be extended

The Workers’ Party has called for the closure of schools to be extended beyond January 11th, as previously announced by the government, following the increase in COVID-19 cases. David Gardiner, Workers’ Party representative in Palmerstown-Fonthill, [...]

Emergency driver theory test measures required to make up for Covid backlog 

The Workers’ Party has called for driver theory tests to be fast tracked for learner drivers facing Covid-related delays to their scheduled theory tests. The call comes following an announcement that driver theory tests would [...]

Free Julian Assange

United States Embassy 42 Elgin Rd, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 United States Consulate Danesfort House, 223 Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5GR The Workers’ Party of Ireland 8 New Cabra Road, Dublin 1 Mr. President, We in [...]

Zero Covid strategy necessary to combat “out-of-control virus”

The Workers' Party has once again called for the implementation of a Zero Covid strategy in order to tackle the "out-of-control virus." David Gardiner, Workers' Party representative in Dublin Mid-West, said: “According to NPHT there [...]

New Years Message 2021

On behalf of the Workers’ Party, The Ard Comhairle would like to extend New Year’s greetings to all Party members and their families and to our, friends and supporters both at home and abroad. We [...]

Workers’ Party appeals for calm following Clonee shooting

The Workers' Party has appealed for calm following the fatal shooting of a man carrying a knife by Gardaí in Clonee. A spokesperson said: "The Workers' Party finds it regrettable that an incident has taken [...]

All-island approach a must to tackle COVID-19

David Gardiner, Workers' Party representative for Palmerstown-Fonthill has called for an all-island approach to COVID-19, calling the travel ban on Britain “redundant” as a result of the border in the north. "The government recently announced, [...]

NI Minister for Education puts selection process ahead of lives

In an incredibly contemptuous and cowardly move the Northern Ireland Minster for Education has sent a letter to schools this evening informing Principals that schools will reopen as normal in January. This comes with no [...]