Monday, 21. May 2018

The Workers’ Party has called on Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, to expel the Israeli ambassador, in response to the scale of killings of Palestinians by the Israeli army in recent days.

Speaking on the matter, Workers’ Party Cllr. Éilis Ryan said: “The killings we have witnessed in recent days are all the more horrific because they coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, the mass exodus of Palestinians from their homeland, which will be commemorated tomorrow.

The Workers’ Party today held a major rally calling for a Yes vote in the upcoming referendum to remove the 8th amendment from the constitution. The rally took place in the offices of CONNECT Trade Union on Saturday evening, 12th May.

The meeting, which was chaired by Dublin City Councillor for the Workers’ Party, Éilis Ryan, featured speakers from the Portuguese Communist Party, American campaigners Catholics for Choice and a number of Irish trade unionists and campaigners.

The Workers’ Party have called on the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, as well returning officers, to ensure that religious schools are not selected as polling stations for the upcoming referendum, given the history of Church influence over the issue in Ireland.

Workers’ Party representative for Lucan/Palmerstown David Gardiner said “The vast majority of schools in Ireland are run with a Roman Catholic ethos, and as such religious symbolism is not an uncommon sight in the average Irish school.“

The Workers’ Party have called on Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney to condemn the United States withdrawal from a nuclear agreement with Iran. The call comes following an announcement from US President Donald Trump that he intends to withdraw from the agreement and re-impose sanctions on Iran.

Speaking on the matter, Workers’ Party representative Gavin Mendel-Gleason said: “Iran has in no way breached an agreement which was reached between itself and major global powers, following protracted negotiations. The withdrawal of the United States from the nuclear agreement with Iran signals its fundamental untrustworthiness in international affairs.

On the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx: Statement by the International Section of the Workers Party of Ireland

Karl Marx was born on 5th May 1818, in Trier in the Rhineland of Prussia and spent the first 17 years of his life there. He attended Bonn University from 15th October 1835 to 22nd August 1836 and later attended university in Berlin. He commenced his lifelong political struggle as a writer for the Rheinische Zeitung in 1842, honing his journalistic and political skills. In 1843 he married Jenny von Westphalen, a childhood friend.

Repeal mural tackled by Charities Regulator but Catholic Church ignored despite charitable status

The Workers’ Party have accused the Charities’ Regulator of double standards for failing to tackle the Catholic Church’s campaigning on the upcoming referendum on the 8th amendment. The accusations come in the wake of a decision by the Charities’ Regulator that the Project Arts’ Centre must remove a ‘Repeal the 8th’ mural from its outside walls, or risk losing its charitable status.

The Workers’ Party has criticised an announcement by An Post of a plan to close around 100 post offices across the country while concentrating modernised servces in cities and larger urban areas as another blow to small town and rural Ireland.

Meath Workers’ Party representative Seamus McDonagh accused An Post of packaging a major run-down of the postal service as an upgrade and a further step towards privatisation of the service in the medium to long-term.

The Communist Party of Ireland issued a statement on the referendum regarding the anti-woman 8th Amendment of the Constitution.

The Communist of Ireland (CPI) issued a statement on April 11th under the title ‘Repeal the 8th!’ on the referendum on May 25th about removing the clause added to the Constitution of Ireland by the 8th Amendment. The 8th Amendment removes the capacity of a pregnant woman to make the best medical decisions in accordance with her own personal or medical needs and restricts the ability of medical professionals to make life-saving interventions.

 The Workers’ Party has said that the scale of voluntary redundancies announced today (Thursday) by Eir, are further proof of the failure of privatisation in the telecoms sector.

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