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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.

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# joan-burton - Sunday 15 June, 2014

The number of people receiving a carer’s allowance has increased by 40%

Joan Burton came under fire in the Dáil this week for cuts to grants and delays in social welfare decisions.

# joan-burton - Saturday 14 June, 2014

‘We should not fear increases in the minimum wage.’ – Joan Burton links recovery with wages

The Minister for Social Protection was speaking at a leadership debate with rival Alex White.

Over to you: What do you want to ask Joan Burton and Alex White?

Joan Burton and Alex White will be speaking to TheJournal.ie in the coming two weeks. What do you want to ask them?

# joan-burton - Thursday 12 June, 2014

Joan Burton says the banking inquiry vote is good news for women in politics

But Alex White thinks it’s “the sort of behaviour that gives politics a bad name”.

Labour drops to just 4 per cent in latest poll

A sharp fall for the junior coalition party in the latest opinion poll.

# joan-burton - Wednesday 11 June, 2014

Does Ireland’s corporate tax rate need to be changed?

TDs will debate the controversial issue in the Dáil today.

# joan-burton - Tuesday 10 June, 2014

13 things we learned from the first Labour leadership husting Labour's Choice This post contains videos

13 things we learned from the first Labour leadership husting

The first of five hustings took place in north Dublin last night as the Labour Party decides on its new leader and deputy leader.

Do sexual assault laws discriminate against people with disabilities?

Senator Katherine Zappone thinks they need to be updated and will present a Bill on the subject in the Seanad today.

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Good morning! Here are the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.

# joan-burton - Monday 9 June, 2014

Burton wants to phase out “shelters” that help millionaires avoid tax

The Labour Minister said that this must be accompanied by a “strong safety net” to protect people.

White: The sooner we know what happened with Callinan’s resignation, the better

White was speaking at the Labour leadership hustings in Dublin this evening.

# joan-burton - Thursday 5 June, 2014

Burton: All the Ministers are still talking to me… and I intend to keep it that way

The Social Protection Minister’s dismissing any suggestion that her strident negotiating style could hasten the end of the coalition government.

# joan-burton - Wednesday 4 June, 2014

The Paris Bakery sit-in will be discussed at UN labour conference today

A rally to support the workers will take place outside Leinster House this afternoon.

# joan-burton - Tuesday 3 June, 2014

Here’s What Happened Today: Tuesday

Everyone’s talking about the Labour Party, the bodies of 800 babies in Tuam and a review of the Justice Department.

Alex White doesn’t rule out going into government with Sinn Féin if he is Labour leader

The junior health minister has set out his stall as he battles with Joan Burton for the Labour leadership.

Poll: Who would you like to see as the next Labour leader? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Who would you like to see as the next Labour leader?

It looks like a two-horse race between Alex White and Joan Burton, but who should get it?

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The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Good morning! Here are the nine stories you need to know this morning as things get back to normal after the bank holiday weekend.

Any more hats for the ring? Labour leadership nominations close at midday

There had been speculation that Kerry North TD Arthur Spring was to announce his candidacy but he has reportedly backed Joan Burton.

# joan-burton - Monday 2 June, 2014

Another Labour TD wants to be the party’s deputy leader – but doesn’t want to be a minister

Ciara Conway has declared her candidacy for the deputy leadership of the Labour Party.

# joan-burton - Friday 30 May, 2014

Labour’s choice: Joan Burton is the favourite, but Alex White is banking on his message of renewal

Barring a late entrant one of Alex White or Joan Burton will be the next leader of the Labour Party and Tánaiste.

Alex White denies presiding over medical card review, says it was a joint decision

The junior minister admitted that the government was “too slow to move on the issue”.

# joan-burton - Thursday 29 May, 2014

Alex White WILL challenge Joan Burton for the Labour leadership

He’ll make the announcement tomorrow.

From The Daily Edge Princess Leia and Joan Burton are on the Saturday Night Show this week Death Star

Princess Leia and Joan Burton are on the Saturday Night Show this week

These are not the droids you are looking for.

Three TDs want to be Labour’s second-in-command, one thinks Joan Burton would be a ‘fantastic’ leader Hats In The Ring This post contains videos

Three TDs want to be Labour’s second-in-command, one thinks Joan Burton would be a ‘fantastic’ leader

Junior Ministers Alan Kelly and Seán Sherlock as well as Cork TD Michael McCarthy are all in the running for the deputy leadership.

Arthur Spring “considering” bid for Labour top job, Kelly making statement today

Brendan Howlin ruled himself out last night, while the party’s still awaiting an announcement from junior minister Alex White.

# joan-burton - Wednesday 28 May, 2014

I’m out: Brendan Howlin tells colleagues that he doesn’t want to be Labour leader

There is still no firm indication as to whether anyone else will battle for the Labour leadership with Joan Burton though junior minister Alex White has not ruled himself out.

‘The limits of austerity have been reached’: Joan Burton confirms her Labour leadership bid

The party’s deputy leader has confirmed her ambition to replace Eamon Gilmore.

The 5 at 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

# joan-burton - Tuesday 27 May, 2014

The contenders: Labour’s leadership battle is taking shape, but one minister has ruled himself out

Brendan Howlin and Alan Kelly have both said they will decide on their intentions in the next 48 hours.

# joan-burton - Monday 26 May, 2014

Here’s who is in the frame to become the new Labour leader

Joan Burton’s short odds, but does she have it sewn up?

Eamon Gilmore’s ‘job of work’ is over, but what next for the Labour Party? Analysis This post contains videos

Eamon Gilmore’s ‘job of work’ is over, but what next for the Labour Party?

He agonised over it, but the Tánaiste realised that Labour would be best served by his departure. The question now is whether it is enough to save the junior coalition party.

# joan-burton - Sunday 25 May, 2014

Smacking, shellacking and John The Baptist – Election 2014 in quotes

Politicians on both sides have been singing a surprisingly similar tune the last couple of days…

Rabbitte: I’m sorry we weren’t able to deliver on our promises

The Communications Minister was asked whether he thought people who voted Labour in 2011 were due an apology…

# joan-burton - Saturday 24 May, 2014

Joan Burton: The Labour Party has taken a shellacking from citizens

Joan Burton insisted she has confidence in Eamon Gilmore at the count centre in Citywest today but the endorsement appeared lukewarm.

# joan-burton - Sunday 18 May, 2014

Phil Hogan to nation: Lend me your votes

It follows a poll which shows an expected drop of seven per cent in support for Fine Gael in Friday’s local elections, compared to the last ballot five years ago.

# joan-burton - Saturday 10 May, 2014

Father-of-two works 20 hours a week for extra €2.38 on job scheme

The man, who has a community work placement, says he understands he has to work for his money but he was told he would get an extra €20.

# joan-burton - Friday 9 May, 2014

Dáil debates gender recognition law for first time in history

Failure to give transgender people formal legal status has affected their ability to access education, transport and social welfare.

# joan-burton - Thursday 8 May, 2014

1,500 jobseekers are being put on compulsory JobBridge

And will face penalties if they don’t take up their places.

# joan-burton - Sunday 4 May, 2014

Government unsure if paying social welfare electronically will save money

This is due to the scale of anti-fraud measures that must be developed.