Civic Forum for Council call

Harte calls for Council Civic Forum

Harte calls for Council Civic Forum

Workers Party representative in Upper Bann, Damien Harte, has called for the introduction of a Civic Forum to compliment the incoming Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council.

‘Northern Ireland’s new councils begin work in a matter of weeks. This is an ideal opportunity for them to acknowledge the benefits of involving the wider community in discussions and decision making’, Damien said.

 Civic Society

‘The contribution that civic society has made to life in Northern Ireland over the years has been immense. It continues to be so’, added Damien. ‘We have seen the Assembly call on civic society when faced with immediate pressures and problems but it seems the views of wider society are not to be trusted on other issues like economic recovery, training and employment, social development, the environment and planning’ he said.


‘The new Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon Council has a real opportunity to engage local citizens and wider civic society and seek their involvement in all these areas. ‘There is a depth of local experience, talent and civic responsibility which is being overlooked and underused, Damien added. ‘The introduction of a Civic Forum at a local level can harness and focus that capability and commitment to the benefit of all’, concluded Damien


Translink price-hikes a cause for concern

Above inflation fare increases

Above inflation fare increases

Translink price-hikes a cause for concern

Workers Party representative in North Belfast, Gemma Weir, has expressed concern over Translink fare increases, the scrapping of the Ulsterbus town service in Newtownabbey and severely reduced services on the  Antrim Road Metro corridor .


See full statement: Translink price hikes cause for concern

Party condemns office attack

'Thuggish and futile'

‘Thuggish and futile’

‘The weekend attack on the Antrim Road offices of the SDLP was disgraceful and cowardly and was designed to intimidate all those engaged in democratic politics’, Party representatives Gemma Weir has said

‘It is important that it is condemned in the strongest possible terms and that the entire north Belfast community rejects its bullying and threatening intent’, she said.

On behalf of the Workers Party in North Belfast I offer our unequivocal support to Alban Magenniss and his colleagues at this time and re-affirm our commitment to stand firm against this type of thuggish and ultimately futile behaviour’, concluded Gemma.

Abandon gay men blood challenge


Lift the ban

Health Minister, Jim Wells, has been urged to abandon the costly and futile court proceedings involving the giving of blood by gay men. The call comes from Workers Party representative Gemma Weir who said,

‘It is now clear that there are no medical or safety grounds on which to base the biased decision made by the former Minister. Jim Wells should now not only halt the court action be immediately lift the ban’.

‘Wasting public money to pursue individual religious beliefs should be condemned by the Executive and the Assembly. Those calling for prescription charges to be reintroduced to fund cancer drugs should instead query the money spent on this and similarly biased court actions involving the Department of Health,’ concluded Gemma