Workers and Unemployed Action

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Workers and Unemployed Action
Chairman Séamus Healy
Founded 1985
Headquarters 56 Queen Street,
County Tipperary
Ideology Socialism
United Ireland[1]
Political position Left-wing
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Workers and Unemployed Action (WUA; Irish: Grúpa Gníomhaíochta na n-Oibrithe is iad atá Dífhostaithe[2]) is an Irish political party based in Clonmel in South County Tipperary, set up in 1985 by Séamus Healy. WUA has one Teachta Dála (TD) and has endorsed and seen a number of its members elected to the South Tipperary County Council, Tipperary County Council, and Clonmel Borough Council.[3]

The organisation was set up in response to lack of employment and the economic situation in the South Tipperary area. Séamus Healy and his brother Paddy Healy had been involved in the socialist group, the League for a Workers Republic.[citation needed]

In the 2000 Tipperary South by-election, Séamus Healy was elected to the Dáil for Tipperary South, running as an independent candidate. At the 2002 general election, Healy was re-elected. Phil Prendergast was elected mayor of Clonmel in 2003.

In 2007, Prendergast left and joined the Labour Party after being headhunted to stand at the 2007 general election against Healy, but neither of them were elected.[4] However, Prendergast was nominated to run for the Seanad and was elected. The party was recognised by the Dáil registrar of political parties in September 2008.[5]

The party was involved in discussions with other left wing groups about a nationwide alliance at the 2009 local elections, which were not successful.[6]

At the 2009 local elections, Martin Henzey was returned on Carrick-on-Suir Town Council, while Séamus Healy, Pat English, Billy Shoer and Theresa Ryan were elected to Clonmel Borough Council. Healy and English were elected to South Tipperary County Council, for the Clonmel electoral area.[7]

The party joined the United Left Alliance which was founded in November 2010, and fielded Séamus Healy in Tipperary South at the 2011 general election. Séamus Healy was the first deputy elected for South Tipperary at the 2011 general election.

As a result of Healy's election to the 31st Dáil, Billy Shoer was co-opted to South Tipperary Country Council and Helena McGee was co-opted to Clonmel Borough Council.

In October 2012 the WUA left the United Left Alliance following disagreements with the Socialist Party and People Before Profit Alliance over the tax affairs of Independent TD Mick Wallace.[8]

Pat English was elected from the Clonmel Electoral Area to Tipperary County Council in the county council election held on 23 May 2014.[9]

In 2015 it signed up to the Right2Change agreement.


  1. "Constitution and Rules". Workers & Unemployed Action. 
  2. "2015, Tithe an Oireachtais". Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  3. "Fianna Fáil set to suffer over hospital funding freeze". Irish Examiner. 4 June 2004. 
  4. South Tipperary Election 2007
  5. Registrar of Political Parties (26 September 2008). "Electoral Acts 1992 and 2001 Registration of Political Parties" (PDF). Iris Oifigiúil. Claremorris: Government Publications (78): 1167. 
  6. Socialist Party proposals for Local Election Socialist Alliance Rejected Socialist Party Press Release, Indymedia website (4 December 2008)
  7. Election Results 2009 – How Ireland Voted, Irish Times, 9 June 2009
  8. "Seamus Healy withdraws from United Left Alliance over Wallace frustrations". RTÉ News. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  9. Local Election Results for Tipperary County Council Irish Times. Retrieved: 9 June 2014.