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Workers and Unemployed Action Group


Workers and Unemployed Action Group

Workers and Unemployed
Action Group
Chairman Séamus Healy
Founded 1985
Headquarters 56 Queen Street,
County Tipperary
Political position Left Wing
Dáil Éireann
Local government
Politics of the Republic of Ireland
Political parties
Political parties

The Workers and Unemployed Action Group (WUAG) is an Irish political organisation based in Clonmel in South County Tipperary, set up in 1985 by Séamus Healy. WUAG has one Teachta Dála (TD) and has endorsed and seen a number of its members elected to both the South Tipperary County Council and Clonmel Borough Council.[1]

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

In the 2000 Tipperary South by-election, Séamus Healy was elected to the Dáil for Tipperary South, officially 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.[2] However, Prendergast was nominated to run for the Seanad and was elected. The group was recognised by the Dáil registrar of political parties in September 2008.[3]

The group was involved in discussions with other left wing groups about a nationwide alliance at the 2009 local elections, which were not successful.[4]

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.[5]

The group 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 as a result of 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 WUAG 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.[6]


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