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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.

The Workers’ Party has called for an immediate closure of the facilities at Shannon Airport to the US military as it prepares to attack Syria in support of Islamic terrorist groups in the war-torn country.

Workers’ Party Cllr. Éilis Ryan said:
“It seems increasingly certain that a number countries, led by a belligerent Donald Trump are actively attempting to escalate the war in Syria. This is in nobody’s interests except those same elites who have benefitted from western intervention in Iraq, Libya and elsewhere.

Communist Party of Ireland issued a statement after expulsion of a Russian diplomat calling it as 'servility' of the Irish government and reminded the historical crimes of NATO-EU.

A statement on 29 March 2018 by the Communist Party of Ireland (CPI) with the title ‘Positive and active neutrality versus NATO and the EU’ was published in the Socialist Voice April issue.

The statement discussed the decision by the Irish government to expel a Russian diplomat as part of a co-ordinated response by EU and NATO member-countries after the suspicious chemical attack on a former Russian double agent. The CPI identified the decision as ‘another example of how far the Irish establishment has aligned this state with their military strategies’. 

Workers Unite, the Power of a United Working Class

The following speech was delivered by Comrade Gerry Grainger at the Workers’ Party commemoration in Belfast on 1st April 2018.

Oration by Comrade Gerry Grainger, Chair of Belfast Region,  Secretary of International Affairs Department, member of Central Executive Committee of the Workers’ Party

Comrades, Friends,

Each Easter the Workers Party assembles to commemorate an important event in our history, to remember our comrades whose many sacrifices built and preserved our revolutionary party, to learn the lessons of history and to chart the future direction of our struggle.

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.

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