Workers and Unemployed Action

Workers and Unemployed Action (WUA) is an Irish political party based in Clonmel in South County Tipperary, set up in 1985 by Séamus Healy. WUA had one Teachta Dála (TD) until 2020 and has endorsed and seen a number of its members elected to the South Tipperary County Council, Tipperary County Council, and Clonmel Borough Council.[2]

Workers and Unemployed Action
ChairmanSéamus Healy
Headquarters56 Queen Street,
County Tipperary
United Ireland[1]
Political positionLeft-wing
National affiliationUnited Left Alliance (2010–2012)
Local government
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The organisation was set up in response to lack of employment and the economic situation in the South Tipperary area.

The party supports a progressive taxation system, full employment and Irish unity.[3]



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 elected to the 23rd Seanad on the Labour Panel.

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, 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 local electoral area at the 2014 Tipperary County Council election held on 23 May 2014.[9] He was re-elected at the 2024 Tipperary County Council election.[10]

In 2015, it signed up to the Right2Change agreement.

In November 2017, the Standards in Public Office Commission stated that some statements of accounts had been received from the WUA, but they were found not to be compliant because the accounts were not audited. It decided against appointing a public auditor as the WUA did not receive any funding from the exchequer.[11]

Healy contested the 2020 general election as an Independent candidate, rather than for WUA, losing his seat.[12]


  1. ^ "Constitution and Rules". Workers & Unemployed Action. 9 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Fianna Fáil set to suffer over hospital funding freeze". Irish Examiner. 4 June 2004. Archived from the original on 8 January 2005. Retrieved 21 November 2008.
  3. ^ "About: WUAG". Workers and Unemployed Action. 8 October 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  4. ^ "South Tipperary Election 2007". RTÉ News.
  5. ^ Registrar of Political Parties (26 September 2008). "Electoral Acts 1992 and 2001 Registration of Political Parties" (PDF). Iris Oifigiúil (78). Claremorris: Government Publications: 1167.
  6. ^ "Socialist Party proposals for Local Election Socialist Alliance Rejected (Socialist Party Press Release)". Indymedia. 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 The Irish Times. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Local Elections 2024: Meet the newly elected Tipperary County Councillors". 12 June 2024. Retrieved 12 June 2024.
  11. ^ Burke, Ceimin (29 November 2017). "Nearly half of Ireland's political parties failed to submit accounts to watchdog". Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Notice of Poll - February 2020". Tipperary Returning Officer. 23 January 2020. Retrieved 24 January 2020.