News/Statements

Student nurse pay vote shows how little gov values workers and students

Eoghan Gardiner, Secretary of Workers' Party Youth, has reacted to the decision taken by the government to vote against paying student nurses. Gardiner said: "The fact that the government has voted against paying student nurses, [...]

Meat processing plants still pose a danger

A Workers' Party representative has reacted to a report from the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) highlighting issues in meat processing plants. The report concerningly highlights "staff working face to face, ill-fitted specialist masks and [...]

The Workers’ Party condemn British Government refusal of Pat Finucane inquiry

The Workers’ Party have strongly condemned last night’s decision by the British Government to reject a public inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane. Speaking on the subject, Workers’ Party representative for North Belfast Chris [...]

The Workers’ Party of Ireland condemns Slovakian anti-communist law

The Slovakian parliament has recently passed an anti-communist amendment which was put forward by their right-wing conservative coalition government. The amendment declares the Czechoslovak Communist Party and the now Communist Party of Slovakia as ‘criminal [...]

The Workers’ Party of Ireland greeting to the XXI Congress of the Portuguese Communist Party

Dear Comrades, The Workers' Party of Ireland sends its fraternal greetings to the Portuguese Communist Party on the occasion of your XXIst Congress. The PCP occupies a critical place in the resistance to capitalism and [...]

CO-LIVING PLAN MUST BE ENACTED IN PRACTICE

The Workers’ Party is calling on An Bord Pleanála to overturn a change-of-use permission to facilitate co-living recently granted to corporate landlord Uninest, following the decision taken by the Housing Minister to restrict future co-living [...]

Tribute to Margaret O’Leary from the Workers’ Party Ard Comhairle

Margaret O’Leary who died suddenly yesterday morning (Tuesday 17th November) was a loyal and dedicated member of the Republican Movement and the Workers’ Party for over fifty years. Margaret, born in February 1947, was the [...]

Statement of solidarity with the Communist Party of Greece

The Workers’ Party of Ireland wishes to express its solidarity with the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and the Communist Youth of Greece (KNE) in light of the repression by the Greek state of its [...]

EU vote to extend sanctions

The European Union have voted to extend sanctions against Venezuela for another year beginning today, 13 November. The European Union are once again slavishly following the aggressive US foreign policy to force regime change and [...]

300 sign tree pruning petition in Palmerstown Manor

300 people have signed a petition for tree pruning in Palmerstown Manor. The petition, organised by the Workers' Party, calls on South Dublin County Council to add the estate to their Tree Maintenance List 2020-22. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Rent continues to rise

The average price of rent is higher than it was this time last year, according to the Daft.ie Rental Price Report for the third quarter of 2020. The increase has seen criticism aimed at the [...]

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 [...]

No excuse for anti-social behaviour

Following an apparent rise in anti-social behaviour, Workers' Party representative in Palmerstown-Fonthill David Gardiner has called for parents to keep a close eye on their children over the winter months. Gardiner said: "Many residents are [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Stop U.S. repression, drop the charges!

The Workers’ Party of Ireland send their solidarity and support to the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) members arrested in Denver, Colorado on bogus felony charges. This is a blatant attempt to silence the [...]

Cut The Fees for COVID-19

Workers’ Party Youth has called for a reduction in third-level fees, citing the added financial pressure facing working class families brought on by COVID-19. Eoghan Gardiner, Secretary of Workers’ Party Youth, said: “Leaving aside for [...]

The Workers’ Party of Ireland Endorses the Nomination of the Henry Reeve Medical Brigade for the Nobel Peace Prize

3 October 2020 The Central Executive Committee of the Workers’ Party of Ireland, at its meeting of Saturday 3rd October 2020, unanimously and enthusiastically endorsed the nomination of Cuba’s Henry Reeve Medical Brigade for the [...]

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 [...]

No driver theory tests available in Dublin, Cork until 2021

The national driver theory test service, provided by private operator Prometric, is incapable of providing sufficient testing capacity to meet demand, with no driver theory tests available in Dublin or Cork until 2021. This is [...]

Workers’ Party criticises plan to build 250 built-to-rent apartments in Palmerstown

David Gardiner, Workers' Party rep. for Palmerstown-Fonthill, has criticised the decision taken by An Bord Pleanála to approve a plan to build 250 built-to-rent apartments in Palmerstown. "I'm disappointed and frustrated by the decision taken [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Anti-mask protest puts public health at risk

The Workers' Party condemns the anti-mask and anti-lockdown protest, organised by elements of the far-right, which took place in Dublin yesterday. In holding the demonstration, the organisers knowingly jeopardised public health in the name of [...]

Do as I say, not as I do: government parties while telling youth not to

Workers' Party Youth has criticised TDs and Senators for attending a party of 80+ people despite COVID-19 restrictions. This comes after numerous government attempts to scapegoat young people as spreading the virus at house parties. [...]

Government defy their own COVID restrictions

David Gardiner, Workers' Party representative for Palmerstown-Fonthill and Dublin Mid-West, has described a party organised of 80+ people, including TDs and Senators. by the Oireachtas Golf Society as "scandalous" and "typical of the gangsters that [...]

Classroom sizes can’t facilitate social distancing

Classroom sizes are too big to effectively combat the spread of COVID-19 in our schools, says Workers' Party representative David Gardiner. "Currently, the average primary school classroom size in Ireland is 24-25 students, compared to [...]

No excuse for racist attacks, say Workers’ Party Youth

Workers' Party Youth condemns the actions carried out by young people in a video circulating on social media, which allegedly shows a racist attack on a Chinese woman in Dublin. Speaking on the incident, WPY [...]

Businesses should prove worker safety before receiving grants

Businesses in Kildare, Offaly and Laois should provide extensive evidence of worker safety measures prior to receiving top up grants from government, according to the Workers' Party's Éilis Ryan. Ryan was responding to an announcement [...]

Workers’ Party considers push for nuclear power as solution to climate crisis

The Workers’ Party will launch a public consultation on nuclear power and the climate crisis, with an online debate with the Green Party scheduled to take place this Thursday August 13th. The debate coincides with [...]

Workers’ Party calls for renationalisation of Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus along with many other employers continue to use Covid-19 as an excuse to reduce wages and conditions for workers. Aer Lingus has already cut pay during the pandemic, they have now stated that [...]

Nuclear Power Discussion Document

The Workers' Party, at its last Ard Fheis, agreed to undertake an investigation into nuclear power as an option for dealing with climate change. To this end, the Ard Comhairle solicited discussion documents putting forward [...]

A message to the EU: Hands off Venezuela!

The European Parliament recently voted more than 4-1 in favour of a resolution reaffirming its faith in Juan Guaidó as the President of Venezuela and calling for an extension of sanctions targeting not just members [...]

Workers’ Party Condemn Sectarian Bonfires

Chris Bailie, Workers’ Party representative for North Belfast has strongly condemned the sectarian bonfires for 12th July. This follows heightened tensions, the lighting of huge bonfires, throwing of petrol bombs and bricks, and closing of [...]

Online Public Meeting: Stand Against the Vincent Byrne Site Plan

The Workers' Party is hosting a meeting on the plans to develop 250 built-to-rent apartments in Palmerstown on the old Vincent Byrne site. David Gardiner, Workers' Party representative for Dublin Mid-West and Palmerstown-Fonthill, said:"Housing needs [...]

Workers’ Party Oration at Wolfe Tone Commemoration 2020

The following oration was delivered at the Workers’ Party’s annual Wolfe Tone Commemoration by Gemma Weir, the Workers' Party representative for North Belfast and member of the Ard Comhairle/CEC Comrades and friends, As we gather [...]

Business Committee acting as separate party

The difficulties that the leadership of the Workers' Party have had in persuading the Business Committee, based in Northern Ireland, in adhering to basic democratic principles have been ongoing for some time. As well as [...]