Friday, 20. July 2018

Photo: Worker's PartyPhoto: Worker's PartyTwo fire appliances in the ‘Bravo’ division of Dublin Fire Brigade (covering Dolphin’s Barn and Tallaght fire stations) were kept off the road this morning due to staff shortages, reducing the number of fire brigades in the area available to respond to emergency calls by 50%.

This is according to information received by Workers’ Party Dublin City Councillor Éilis Ryan.

CP IrelandThe Communist Party of Ireland welcomes the passing by the Seanad of the Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Bill, introduced by the independent senator Frances Black. The vote of 25 in favour and 20 against is an important and significant first step in what will be a very tough battle to get it through the Dáil and make it the law of this state. The main opposition to the bill came from the Government party, Fine Gael.

The bill, if it becomes law, would prohibit the importing of goods or services from illegal Zionist settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, which violate the Geneva Conventions.

Éilis Ryan. Photo: Worker's PartyÉilis Ryan. Photo: Worker's PartyWorkers’ Party Councillor Éilis Ryan has said that today’s strikes by both Ryanair pilots and LloydsPharmacy workers are a stark reminder of the poor conditions faced by workers in the private sector.

Cllr. Ryan said:
“It is hugely courageous of these workers to take strike action, which can ultimately lead to gains not just for themselves but across the private sector. Things such as proper trade union recognition, increments, salary scales and sick pay schemes, should be basic rights in twenty-first century Ireland – not things warranting a strike.

The Workers’ Party has welcomed a Seanad vote in favour of a ban on the import of goods originating in illegal Israeli settlements in Palestine.

Speaking following the vote this evening, Cllr. Ted Tynan (Workers’ Party, Cork) said:
“This victory was hard-won, fought for for decades by campaigners for the rights of the Palestinian people. It proves once again that political change can be won by concerted grassroots action. Its been shown time and time again that politicians respond to this pressure.”

Irish Water has come in for fresh criticism, for failing to curtail the use of water for commercial purposes, as the country’s drought worsens.

Speaking on the matter, Cllr. Ted Tynan of the Workers’ Party said:
“Unfortunately, because of successive governments’ failure to invest in proper infrastructure for our public water service, we are faced with a water shortage. The dip in rainfall shouldn’t have nearly as drastic an effect as it is, if we had a modern, efficient system.

The Workers’ Party have said that recent days’ water shortages show up the failure of Irish Water to invest in upgrading public infrastructure.

Dick Roche, Waterford representative for the party, said:
“Waterford is already on Irish Water’s “at risk of water restrictions” list. This is not because people in Waterford are prolific water wasters – much as the media and government might spin it this way. It’s because Ireland’s water pipes continue to lose up to half of the water we produce to leaks, compared with around 25% in London.

The Workers’ Party have said that water restrictions in Dublin show up the failure of Irish Water to invest in infrastructure.

Gavin Mendel-Gleason, Dublin representative for the party, said:
“Dublin continues to see as much as 57% of water lost to leaks, as compared with around 25% in London. Irish Water have not even begun to address this. As of 2017, we had spent close to half a million euro on installing meters which have now barely been used. Why was this money not spent on urgent conservation measures instead?”

“Clearly, in the context of a drought, we must do everything in our power to conserve water. But we should also ask how we ended up at this point. Everybody knew the urgency of the need for infrastructural investment.”

The following oration was delivered at the Workers’ Party’s annual Wolfe Tone Commemoration by Gavin Mendel-Gleason, Workers’ Party Ard Comhairle member, Director of Research, and Party representative in Dublin North-West.

Gavin Mendel-Gleason delivering the main oration.

Comrades and Friends,

We gather here today at the grave of Wolfe Tone to honour the sacrifice of Wolfe Tone and the United Irishmen, to learn and to think again about the relevance of their secular, anti-sectarian ideas in the modern era, and to reaffirm our commitment as a Party to the republican tradition.

cinco heroesFernando González Llort, one of the heroic “Cuban Five”, the courageous Cuban citizens and revolutionary heroes unjustly arrested and convicted in a Federal Court in Miami, Florida, and subjected to long sentences of imprisonment, visited Belfast on Wednesday, and Dublin on Thursday, for events organised by ICTU and the Cuba Support Group. Workers Party members, as longstanding supporters of the Cuban Revolution and participants in the campaign to “Free the Five”, were present at both.

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