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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 - Today’s News

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# 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.

# joan-burton - Friday 2 May, 2014

Labour is running its party chair in the Dublin West by-election

The junior coalition partner is unlikely to win the Dáil seat that became vacant following the resignation of its former TD Patrick Nulty in March.

# joan-burton - Thursday 1 May, 2014

Gardaí investigate employees at Burton’s department over €1.2m claims

It is alleged that the employees were making payments to a number of individuals that were “not appropriate”.

Eamon Gilmore: ‘No, my leadership is not up for debate’

The Tánaiste was in bullish mood as he launched the Labour party election campaign in Dublin today.

VIDEO: Labour candidate confronted in Dublin, “thuggery and intimidation” says Joan Burton

Local election candidate Martina Genockey was accosted by two opponents in Tallaght and the confrontation became physical.

# joan-burton - Monday 28 April, 2014

Joan Burton’s response: Eamon Gilmore is the leader of the Labour Party and I support him in that.

Phil Prendergast MEP suggested that the Social Protection Minister take over the leadership.

‘A distraction that shouldn’t have happened’: Labour slams MEP over Gilmore ‘quit’ call

Party members have been delivering a united message this morning, criticising Phil Prendergast for not ‘holding her nerve’ amid bad poll results.

Labour MEP says Gilmore has to go, endorses Joan Burton for leadership

Phil Prendergast’s call comes in the wake of an opinion poll that put support for her re-election bid in Ireland South at just 4 per cent.

# joan-burton - Thursday 24 April, 2014

‘Jesus, we got off lightly’: Not quite ‘rumble in Temple Bar’ as rival MEP hopefuls hand in their papers

With 29 days to go before the elections, the political parties are turning routine tasks into media events and there’s some interesting stuff being said and done as we spent the morning loitering around Temple Bar.

FLAC says new welfare strategy should target department errors – not just fraud

The organisation’s director general said Burton’s anti-fraud programme makes a concerning link between overpayments and fraud and creates potential for people making repayments to fall into destitution.

Column: I’ve entered the Church of Burton … Yes, I am now a JobBridge intern

After two years of being unemployed, I’ve just started a JobBridge internship. The experience has been a mixed one so far.

Burton’s department launches programme to catch welfare fraudsters

In one instance, a man claiming jobseeker’s had €400,000 in his bank account and the minister said some €10 million has already been recovered as part of her department’s new system.

# joan-burton - Friday 18 April, 2014

Here’s how much the government has paid out to homes affected by flooding

Almost 700 payments have been made so far this year.

# joan-burton - Thursday 17 April, 2014

Complaints against social welfare staff have increased six-fold

Some 171 complaints were made against named officers in 2013, up from 27 in 2010.