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Joan Burton

Joan Burton

Joan Burton is a Labour Party TD for the Dublin West Constituency. She was first elected to the Dail in November of '92 but was not re-elected in the '97 election. She was elected again in 2002 and has remained a TD since. Burton is currently the Minister for Social Protection in the Fine Gael-Labour coalition.

# joan-burton - Sunday 14 July, 2013

Richard Bruton: I’m not going to raise the minimum wage

Richard Bruton rules out any immediate adjustments to the minimum wage rate despite recent comments from Cabinet colleague Joan Burton.

# joan-burton - Thursday 11 July, 2013

€54m cost of JobBridge pushes ‘employment supports’ bill up by 10 per cent

Department of Social Protection spending represented 40.6 per cent of all Government expenditure last year, according to figures out today.

# joan-burton - Tuesday 9 July, 2013

Joan Burton says 23 companies have been banned from JobBridge

The Social Protection Minister has answered questions about the government’s flagship internship scheme in the Dáil today.

# joan-burton - Friday 5 July, 2013

Burton will look to protect core welfare payments

The Social Protection minister said that cuts to her department will be ‘far south’ of €440 million in October’s budget.

# joan-burton - Wednesday 3 July, 2013

When Enda met Angela: Merkel to host Taoiseach in round table meeting

Youth unemployment is top of the agenda at a round table summit in the German capital today.

# joan-burton - Friday 28 June, 2013

No plans to introduce paid paternity leave for new fathers

Joan Burton says paternity leave would not only need a new law, but have significant cost implications for employers.

# joan-burton - Monday 17 June, 2013

Joan Burton is the most popular cabinet minister – new poll

An Ipsos MRBI poll for the Irish Times reveals a 41pc approval rating for Burton, but only 13pc for James Reilly.

Open thread: How do you feel about low-paying or unpaid internships?

Minister Joan Burton has welcomed criticism of the JobBridge scheme, but what do you think of unpaid internships in general?

# joan-burton - Monday 10 June, 2013

110,000 families to receive the back-to-school allowance automatically

The automated approvals will reduce the large number of claims not processed until after schools have re-opened.

Burton thanks JobBridge critics, says the scheme “isn’t for everyone” Exclusive

In an exclusive interview with, Minister Burton said that she thanked critics of JobBridge for bringing things on the site to her attention.

“Are things tough? Yes they are” – Burton on Budget 2014 Exclusive

In an exclusive interview with, the Minister said that “we’ve tried to do what we’ve had to do in a very, very fair way”.

# joan-burton - Sunday 9 June, 2013

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Good morning! Here are nine things you want to know as you start your sunny Sunday.

# joan-burton - Saturday 8 June, 2013

Politics is a “blame game”, says Burton Exclusive

The Minister also told that she accepts her colleague Minister Alan Shatter’s explanation over the Wallace controversy.

# joan-burton - Thursday 6 June, 2013

Half the population benefitted from weekly social welfare payments in 2012

The department answered 8.4 million calls, allocated 154,000 PPS numbers and processed two million applications.

# joan-burton - Wednesday 5 June, 2013

New limits for rent supplement to kick in later this month

Joan Burton is changing the maximum rent limits for rent supplement, which will raise some limits but reduce many others.

# joan-burton - Tuesday 28 May, 2013

The Evening Fix: Now with added footage from inside a tornado

Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.

From Business ETC Joan Burton no longer believes in austerity Austerity

Joan Burton no longer believes in austerity

In a letter signed by a number of European politicians, the Irish Minister said Europe needs to move on to its next stage of recovery.

# joan-burton - Monday 27 May, 2013

79 per cent increase in number of complaints to pensions ombudsman

Paul Kenny’s report illustrates a significant increase in the number of difficulties experienced by the public.

# joan-burton - Thursday 23 May, 2013

Column: We need to help lone parents into work and away from welfare dependency

Ireland spends almost €1 billion a year on One Parent Family Payments, but the results have been poor. We need to support lone parents properly, writes Minister Joan Burton.

# joan-burton - Sunday 12 May, 2013

From Business ETC ‘Some bankers and civil servants don’t want banking inquiry’ – McGuinness Bank Inquiry

‘Some bankers and civil servants don’t want banking inquiry’ – McGuinness

The government has been seeking to bring forward legislation to strengthen the Oireachtas’ ability to carry out inquiries into matters of public interest in the wake of the rejection of a referendum in 2011.

Joan Burton: In everybody’s interest that we get a public sector pay deal

The Minister for Social Protection says she is “hopeful” a deal can be reached with unions ahead of tomorrow’s deadline.

# joan-burton - Wednesday 24 April, 2013

500 subsidised childcare places come online

A total of 6,000 places will be available when the scheme is implemented in full.

# joan-burton - Tuesday 23 April, 2013

Social Welfare laws will allow part-time firefighters to retain welfare

Joan Burton will include a clause so that a part-time firefighter’s duty to remain close to a station does not bar them from the Dole.

Rip-off pension charges make a ‘huge difference’ to your pension pot, says OECD expert

John Martin, who was behind the major OECD study published into Ireland’s pensions timebomb, says private pensions need to start sending regular letters out to people. Here’s why.

# joan-burton - Monday 22 April, 2013

From Business ETC Pensions timebomb: Let’s link pension age to life expectancy, says expert GETTING OLD

Pensions timebomb: Let’s link pension age to life expectancy, says expert

People are living longer so it makes sense to increase the pension age beyond 68 – so says the man behind today’s OECD report into Ireland’s pensions.

OECD report recommends mandatory pensions for private workers

The report, commissioned by Joan Burton, outlines a range of options for reforming and updating Ireland’s pensions systems.

# joan-burton - Thursday 11 April, 2013

Government criticised for scrapping Communion and Confirmation grants

The Department of Social Protection confirmed it was scrapping grants which covered the costs of religious sacraments.

# joan-burton - Wednesday 3 April, 2013

Poll: Should young people be prioritised in job creation? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should young people be prioritised in job creation?

USI wants a ‘significant investment’ in youth job creation – but younger people are also less likely to have pressures like mortgages.

USI calls for greater investment in Youth Guarantee Scheme

Latest figures have shown that 30.8 per cent of those under 25 years of age are now unemployed.

# joan-burton - Wednesday 27 March, 2013

Doherty says FÁS offer of job in Malta is ‘actively encouraging emigration’

The Sinn Féin TD called the offer of the €250 per week job “outrageous”.

Winter fuel allowance to be extended following cold snap

The 410,000 people in receipt of the weekly €20 allowance will be given the allowance for an extra week.

Birth certs remain an issue for transgender Irish

While Ireland will recogise amended birth certificates from other countries, “gender reassignment is not yet recognised” in the country.

# joan-burton - Wednesday 13 March, 2013

19 ministers set for overseas travel for St Patrick’s Day

13 senior ministers, five junior ministers, and the attorney general are all jetting off next week to lead trade missions.

# joan-burton - Saturday 9 March, 2013

Two years’ service means ministers now guaranteed to receive pensions

The government was appointed two years ago today – meaning senior ministers now have enough service for a pension.

# joan-burton - Thursday 7 March, 2013

Gilmore affirms government’s intention to legislate for X case

Writing on this morning, the Labour leader insists that abortion legislation wil be introduced this year.

# joan-burton - Saturday 23 February, 2013

Burton says hecklers gave Dundalk a ‘bad image’ following shopping centre protest

The Minister for Social Protection was heckled as she attempted to deliver a speech in Dundalk , Co Louth yesterday.

# joan-burton - Thursday 21 February, 2013

New child benefit will hurt poorer families, says Vincent de Paul

The recommended two-tier child benefit system will worsen the situation of families who are already struggling, the charity said.

# joan-burton - Wednesday 20 February, 2013

Only 61pc of families to receive full child benefit payments under new proposals

The two-tier system, as recommended by the Advisory Group on Tax and Social Welfare, would contain both a universal and a selective payment.

# joan-burton - Friday 1 February, 2013

Joan Burton: “Promissory note deal? The EU needs a success story”

Joan Burton also said the main lesson from the economic crisis is that financial markets and wealthy elites should not be allowed to “dictate our future”.

# joan-burton - Wednesday 30 January, 2013

At least 60% of domiciliary care allowance applications refused

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said the department received 4,339 claims for domiciliary care allowance in 2012.