The Workers' Party
Irish Name:Páirtí na nOibrí
Years Active:1977
Other Names:Sinn Féin The Workers' Party  (19771982)
The Workers' Party [NBC]  (2021) … Successor
The Workers' Party [AC]  (2021) … Successor
Groups & Sections: InfoWorkers Party Youth  … Youth Organisation
  Documents in Archive:62
  Publications:Workers' Life, Women's View, The United Irishman, The Irish People, Teoiric, Socialist Digest, Notes and Comments, Making Sense, Look Left, Ireland, Focus, Class Politics
  International Affiliations:World Federation of Democratic Youth 
International Meeting of Communist and Workers' Parties (1998)
  European Affiliations:Initiative of Communist and Workers' Parties (European Party) 
Left Unity (European Parliament Group) (19891994)
  Precursor:Sinn Féin [Official]
  Other Related Organisation: Democratic Left
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The Workers’ Party (Irish: Páirtí na nOibrithe) is a Marxist–Leninist political party active in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

It arose as the original Sinn Féin organisation founded in 1905 by Arthur Griffith, but took its current form in 1970 following a division within the party, in which it was the larger faction. This majority group continued under the same leadership as Sinn Féin (Gardiner Place) or Official Sinn Féin. The party name was changed to Sinn Féin – The Workers’ Party in 1977 and then to the Workers’ Party in 1982. (The breakaway group became known as “Sinn Féin (Kevin Street)” or “Provisional Sinn Féin”, giving rise to the contemporary party known as Sinn Féin).



The Workers’ Party name has been disputed since divisions in 2021. Two organisations with distinct Ard Comhairlí (Central Executive Committees) are active, one with Party President Michael McCorry, and the second with Party President Ted Tynan. The latter organisation was formed by the Northern Business Committee, Tynan and others, and ran candidates In the 2022 Northern Ireland Assembly elections.

As documents are produced by both, we have labelled them Workers’ Party [AC] and Workers Party [NBC] respectively for clarity.

Other names, groups or sections

  • The Workers' Party [NBC]

    The Workers' Party [NBC]

    This entry represents The Workers’ Party whose Party President is Ted Tynan.

  • The Workers' Party [AC]

    The Workers' Party [AC]

    This entry represents The Workers’ Party whose Party President is Michael McCorry.


The Workers' Party

WikipediaWorkers' Party of Ireland 

Workers Party Youth


Sinn Féin The Workers' Party

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The Workers' Party [NBC] 

The Workers' Party [AC] 



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The United Irishman


Women's View

Notes and Comments

Workers' Life


The Irish People

Class Politics

Making Sense

Socialist Digest


Look Left


Related Material

Items about The Workers' Party.

External Resources

Assorted Documents

TU Dublin Special Collections

A number of documents including press releases, policy documents and reports.

Election Literature & Leaflets

Irish Election Literature

A number of leaflets and documents from the party and individual candidates.

Election Manifesto

Irish Election Manifesto Archive

Includes Workers’ Party manifestos.


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