Workers Memorial Day - Remember the dead, fight like hell for the living


Dear Colleague

Congress, along with the Government, Ibec, the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and the CIF will collectively mark Workers’ Memorial Day Ireland on April 28th at the national and annual commemorative event to remember people killed, injured, made ill and bereaved through work-related accidents.

Together, we are inviting you to join us on Thursday 28th April to support this keynote national day of commemoration. We are also asking your union to mark the day by considering a range of suggested initiatives that you might implement, listed overleaf.

Congress President Kevin Callinan will be joined by Sharon McGuinness, CEO of the Health & Safety Authority, and Minister Damien English TD who will lay a wreath on behalf of the state to remember those workers we have lost.

Please join us to mark this important occasion:

Date: Venue: Time :

  • Thursday 28th April 2022
  • Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square, Dublin 1
  • 8:45am to 9:45am

In Ireland in the ten year period between 2012 and 2021, 481 people were killed in work-related incidents and many thousands more were severely injured or made ill. You will all know that in addition to these official figures, we have lost many more front-line workers to Covid-19 over the last 2 years. In 2021, 38 people were killed in accidents,. These are unacceptable figures which can be reduced through a combined and intensified effort by all concerned. By working together and promoting the practice of safety and health in workplaces throughout Ireland we will achieve a significant drop in these dreadful numbers. We all have a responsibility to make sure that happens.

We would warmly welcome your attendance at this commemorative event.

Please mark this date now in your calendar and RSVP to

Kind regards
Patricia King
General Secretary
Irish Congress of Trade Unions