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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 - Saturday 19 January, 2013

Welfare amnesty would allow people who defraud State ‘to escape scot-free’

Social Protection Minister Joan Burton has rejected Sinn Féin’s proposal for a social welfare amnesty for those who have been overpaid or have defrauded the State.

# joan-burton - Friday 18 January, 2013

From Business ETC Burton: 2,000 places added to CE scheme Ce Scheme

Burton: 2,000 places added to CE scheme

Minister Joan Burton made the announcement today about the scheme, saying that it was part of the efforts to help jobseekers become employment-ready.

# joan-burton - Sunday 30 December, 2012

‘A logistical, logarithmic progression’ : The year in 46 quotes Review 2012 This post contains images

‘A logistical, logarithmic progression’ : The year in 46 quotes

“It’s clear that people are pissed off with us as a government” and 45 other quotes that tell the story of 2012.

# joan-burton - Tuesday 18 December, 2012

Social Welfare Bill passes Seanad second stage

All 12 Labour Senators voted with the Government as the Bill was carried by a comfortable majority.

# joan-burton - Sunday 16 December, 2012

Burton’s Social Protection department spend €5k of public money on party

The party for retired staff was held a few weeks before Budget cuts were announced, it was revealed today.

# joan-burton - Thursday 13 December, 2012

Poll: Do you agree with proposed cuts to child benefit? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you agree with proposed cuts to child benefit?

TDs vote today on whether to lower the monthly payment for the first three children to €130. How would you vote?

# joan-burton - Wednesday 12 December, 2012

Social Welfare Bill passes in Dáil, moves to committee stage

The bill includes cuts to the Respite Care Grant and child benefit as well as an increase in PRSI contributions.

# joan-burton - Tuesday 11 December, 2012

Dáil to begin debating Budget’s changes to social welfare system

The Social Welfare Bill, which gives legal effect to cuts to the respite care grant and other changes, will be debated this week.

Carers to protest at Dáil today over cuts to grant

They are demanding the immediate restoration of the 19 per cent cut to the Respite Care Grant announced in the Budget.

# joan-burton - Saturday 8 December, 2012

The Evening Fix…now with added live news anchor proposal

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

Fine Gael politicians urge Burton to roll back on respite grant cut

A Fine Gael TD and a Senator have both asked the Minister to reconsider the decision to cut the grant by over €300.

# joan-burton - Friday 7 December, 2012

PHOTOS: Carers hold protest against plans to cut respite care grant Budget 2013 This post contains images

PHOTOS: Carers hold protest against plans to cut respite care grant

Over 100 people gathered outside Leinster House to rally against the proposed cut from €1700 to €1325.

No change of heart from Government on respite care grant

Social Protection Minister Joan Burton has once more defended the decision to cut the respite care grant by more than €300 in Budget 2013.

The 9 at 9: Friday

Good morning! Here’s what you need to know as you kick off your Friday.

# joan-burton - Wednesday 5 December, 2012

FLASHBACK: Eamon Gilmore says Labour won’t cut child benefit

The general election campaign seems like a long time ago now…

Budget 2013: here’s what will affect the children

Child Benefit has been cut by €10 for the first child but up to €20 for the subsequent children.

Respite care grant cut by over €300 in budget

The reduction represents a 19 per cent cut in the payment which is used by carers to pay for home help and respite care.

# joan-burton - Sunday 2 December, 2012

From Business ETC Older people could delay paying property tax until they die – Burton Budget 2013

Older people could delay paying property tax until they die – Burton

The Social Protection minister says a range of ‘easy-pay options’ are being considered for payment of the property tax.

# joan-burton - Saturday 1 December, 2012

What should the government do about sick pay? Here’s three suggestions

The government has made it clear that it isn’t happy to keep footing the bill for employee sick pay – so we’ve asked Sinn Féin, TASC and IBEC what they think should be done about it.

# joan-burton - Friday 30 November, 2012

Poll: Should child benefit be cut by €10? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should child benefit be cut by €10?

Reports suggest the government is planning to cut child benefit from €140 to €130 per month. What do you think – good idea? Bad idea?

Budget 2013: Children’s groups hit out at likely €10 cut to child benefit

Various reports indicate that child benefit will be cut from €140 to €130 per child in next week’s Budget.

# joan-burton - Sunday 25 November, 2012

“Daylight robbery” – SF reaction to plans to deduct property tax from social welfare

Media reports suggest that the move is being considered.

# joan-burton - Thursday 22 November, 2012

Opposition calls for Taoiseach to meet with Savita’s husband

The death of Savita Halappanavar was raised again at Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil this morning.

# joan-burton - Monday 19 November, 2012

Burton: Unemployed who work over Christmas “should not have any concerns”

Those who are unemployed are able to work or attend a training course for up to eight weeks without it impacting on their various allowances.

# joan-burton - Friday 16 November, 2012

From Business ETC Statutory sick pay ‘could threaten 42 per cent of businesses’ – IBEC Budget 2013

Statutory sick pay ‘could threaten 42 per cent of businesses’ – IBEC

The employers’ group publishes a survey saying almost half of all firms believe paying sick employees could affect their sustainability.

# joan-burton - Monday 12 November, 2012

Burton notes ‘merit’ of potential permanent referendum commission

The Minister said a permanent referendum commission could be largely responsible for the information presented to the electorate if the country were to hold referenda on a regular basis.

# joan-burton - Friday 2 November, 2012

From Business ETC Exchequer returns show €2.9 billion deficit due, in part, to payment to the ESM Exchequer Returns

Exchequer returns show €2.9 billion deficit due, in part, to payment to the ESM

Spending at the Department of Social Protection was more than expected, whereas the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation continues to underspend.

# joan-burton - Saturday 27 October, 2012

From Business ETC Ireland needs access to funding at reasonable rates – Burton Funding

Ireland needs access to funding at reasonable rates – Burton

The Minister for Social Protection said that the country is well placed to exit the EU/IMF bailout programme next year, but funding at a reasonable price was critical to recovery.

# joan-burton - Wednesday 24 October, 2012

Government defeats FF Dáil motion to stop sick pay changes

The Dáil voted 70-45 in favour of a Government counter-motion noting that the Cabinet hasn’t yet approved the plans.

Burton ‘considering cap on tax relief’ for pension contributions

The minister said that in the future, an auto-enrolment scheme could also be introduced to supplement pensions with savings.

# joan-burton - Tuesday 23 October, 2012

Charges could see value of pensions drop by 31pc – report

A Department of Social Protection report says costs levied by pension companies can take huge chunks off their value.

# joan-burton - Monday 22 October, 2012

Over half of JobBridge finishers are in paid employment

However a report also indicated one third of participants who finished placements early said they were dissatisfied with their internship.

From Business ETC IBEC demands ‘pro-jobs Budget’ as forecast for 2013 is lowered Budget 2013

IBEC demands ‘pro-jobs Budget’ as forecast for 2013 is lowered

The business group says plans to increase PRSI or make employers cover sick will hamper job creation.

# joan-burton - Sunday 21 October, 2012

Rabbitte slams ‘orgy of negativity’ over bank debt deal

Pat Rabbitte siad that he would have preferred if Angela Merkel had not made the remarks she made but insisted that an agreement to deal with Ireland’s bank debt still stands.

# joan-burton - Saturday 20 October, 2012

GALLERY: Ireland’s first ever public rally for transgender rights Transgender This post contains images

GALLERY: Ireland’s first ever public rally for transgender rights

The ‘Rally for Recognition’ coincides with a European congress taking place in Dublin this week.

Hundreds waiting over a year to appeal refused disability allowance

Figures released by Joan Burton show 4,169 are appealing a refusal, with 321 of them waiting over a year for it.

Ireland’s first ever public transgender rally to take place today

Up to 300 people are expected to gather outside Leinster House this afternoon.

# joan-burton - Friday 19 October, 2012

Joan Burton the most popular of the high-profile ministers

A new poll has also revealed that voters are in support of means testing child benefit payments.

# joan-burton - Monday 15 October, 2012

FÁS rebrand: Intreo to provide services to jobseekers

The initiative was launched by Enda Kenny and Joan Burton this morning.

# joan-burton - Friday 12 October, 2012

The Evening Fix… now with added little mice boy bands

Here’s the things we learned, shared and loved today.