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Dick Roche, Workers’ Party representative in Waterford has accused the government of being completely indifferent to those on public hospital waiting list.

Mr. Roche was speaking as it emerged that the number of people on hospital waiting lists had reached some 707,000 people, the highest ever recorded and representing more than one in seven people. More than 36,000 of those affected are on the waiting list for Waterford University Hospital.

The Workers’ Party have said it is an indictment of Ireland’s labour legislation that LloydsPharmacy workers have to go out on strike for sick pay and a basic hourly contract.

Speaking before visiting striking workers in the company’s Stoneybatter chemist, Cllr. Ryan said:
“Most people’s reaction to the core demands of LloydsPharmacy workers, is astonishment that such basic conditions as minimum guaranteed hours and are not required by law. In 2018, it is inexcusable that any company would fail to provide these things.

5th June 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of James Connolly, in Cowgate in Edinburgh. During his lifetime, Connolly would play an important role in the development of Marxist organisations in Scotland, Ireland and the United States, and make an immense contribution to Marxist theory through his theoretical and other works, including his masterpiece, Labour in Irish History.

 Workers’ Party representative in Waterford, Dick Roche, has welcomed the large yes vote in favour of the repeal of the 8th amendment.

Speaking following the referendum, Roche said:

“This referendum was a resounding victory for women’s equality, nowhere less than in Waterford. Almost 70% voted in favour of ending Ireland’s medieval ban on abortion in Waterford. The emphatic result represents a victory for common sense, for equality and for a new secular Ireland.

CP IrelandThe Communist Party of Ireland welcomes the vote of the Irish people to remove the anti-woman 8th Amendment of the Constitution. The estimated result of 68 to 32 is a tribute to years of work and campaigning by many groups and individuals, and has little or anything to do with the establishment parties.

The Yes vote is a great victory for the many thousands of young female activists—with a good number also of male activists—who worked hard to secure this victory. It is a victory also for those trade unions that put resources into actively campaigning and that encouraged their members to vote Yes, as well as for the many women’s, social and political organisations that declared for a Yes. It is also important to acknowledge the many activists from the north of Ireland who travelled to give active support to the Yes campaign.

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.

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