23 | 07 | 2019

The Workers’ Party

Easter Oration, Sunday 1st April 2018

Welcome Comrades and Friends,

We stand here today on the 102nd anniversary of the Easter Rising – that momentous event in Irish history, when the brave men and women who fought in Easter Week struck a blow for freedom against the might and brutality of Empire, and for the establishment of an independent egalitarian Republic.

The Workers’ Party have condemned the government’s granting of permission to three British naval vessels to berth inside Haulbowline Naval Base today (Tuesday).

Cork Workers’ Party Councillor Ted Tynan said the presence of the naval vessels at Haulbowline, for the first time since the return of the Treaty Ports in 1938, was an outrageous breach of Irish neutrality and also threatened the country’s national security as Haulbowline was a secure base and headquarters of the Irish Naval Service.

The Workers’ Party have called on the government to ensure regulations are in place governing the use of digital data by Cambridge Analytica-style companies, ahead of May’s referendum on the 8th amendment.

Workers’ Party councillor Éilis Ryan said:

“Kanto, the company hired by anti-choice campaigners to run their digital campaigning in the lead up to May’s referendum, were founded by the people behind Cambridge Analytica. Given the accusations now being levelled at Cambridge Analytica about how they bought and used personal data to influence votes in Britain, it is essential that regulations are introduced well in advance of the May referendum, which stop a similar scenario from happening here.”

100 Meath women travelled to UK for abortions in 2016 alone

Workers’ Party representative for Meath, Séamus McDonagh, has said that the decision by Liverpool Hospital Trust to deprioritise Irish patients seeking to terminate pregnancies which the baby cannot survive when born, shows the hypocrisy of the 8th amendment.

McDonagh, who is also a member of local campaign group Meath for Choice, said: “100 Meath women travelled to the UK for abortions in 2016 alone. Their reasons are diverse, but almost certainly included women with wanted pregnancies, but who have been given a diagnosis of a Fatal Foetal Abnormality, meaning their baby will never survive when born.

Students left without toilet facilities, as private management company locks activists into occupied Dining Hall

The Workers’ Party society based in Trinity College Dublin have called for the urgent reversal of the lock-in of student protestors in the College’s Dining Hall.

The lock-in comes over 24 hours after an occupation of the Dining Hall by students began.

The Workers’ Party society based in Trinity College Dublin have endorsed plans to escalate action by the ‘Take Back Trinity’ campaign against new repeat examination fees, and other fee increases. 

Secretary of the Workers’ Party TCD, Josh Brady, said:

“The people running Trinity know there’s money to be made on this campus – from tourists, businesses and students. Trinity is prime real estate. But that’s also an opportunity for students. We have demonstrated we have the power to bring commercial activity on Trinity to a halt, and that’s how the demands of the ‘Take Back Trinity’ campaign will be won.”

To mark International Women’s Day 2018, the Workers’ Party have issued a call for the commencement of a comprehensive programme of actions to separate the Catholic Church from the Irish state.

Cllr. Éilis Ryan, speaking for the Workers’ Party, said:

“We celebrate International Women’s Day as we approach a momentous referendum which may finally give women the right to make decisions about their own bodies, by the removal of the 8th amendment from the constitution.

The Workers’ Party have today (Thursday) called on Minister for Finance Paschal Donohue to veto proposed bonuses for AIB senior executives. The call comes in response to a proposal contained in AIB’s annual financial report, to effectively double the salaries of a number of senior AIB executives, by issuing them with a 100% of salary bonus.

The Workers’ Party have called for urgent changes to the current system of deciding school patronage, in the wake of figures showing a 10% rise in pupil numbers in multi-denominational schools.

Speaking on the matter, Cllr. Éilis Ryan (Workers’ Party) said: “It is not unexpected that pupil numbers in multi-denominational schools grew by 10% in just one year. There has been a clear move away from the Catholic Church in many spheres of life, including in education.

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