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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 - 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.

# joan-burton - Wednesday 16 April, 2014

85,200 young people in Ireland are ‘neither earning nor learning’

There was a bit of argy-bargy between Willie O’Dea and Minister Joan Burton this morning.

# joan-burton - Thursday 10 April, 2014

Department carried out one million reviews of social welfare recipients last year

The Department of Social Protection says it saved €632 million in 2013 by carrying out the reviews in a bid to minimise social welfare fraud.

# joan-burton - Wednesday 2 April, 2014

Live Register drops for 21st month in a row

There were 391,232 people on the Live Register last month, some 33,856 fewer than in March 2013

# joan-burton - Friday 21 March, 2014

Quinn backs Labour on whistleblowers… after Kenny tells ministers to air concerns privately

Ruairí Quinn has backed Labour colleagues calling for the Garda Commissioner to withdraw remarks that two whistleblowers’ actions were “disgusting” just hours after the Taoiseach told ministers not to air their concerns in public.

# joan-burton - Saturday 15 March, 2014

Alex White to discuss LGBTI concerns with civil rights groups in Moscow

The Junior Health Minister will be visiting the Russian capital as part of the government’s St Patrick’s Day “Promote Ireland” programme.

# joan-burton - Sunday 9 March, 2014

Morgan Kelly warns SMEs could ‘go under’ taking a big chunk of the Irish economy Forecast This post contains videos

Morgan Kelly warns SMEs could ‘go under’ taking a big chunk of the Irish economy

Kelly said there is going to be a lot of SMEs cleared out ‘in one go’ following ECB stress tests.

Joan Burton: ‘Flannery should make himself available to the PAC’

She said that the public have a right to know where public money is going.

# joan-burton - Saturday 8 March, 2014

Jobseekers appeals taking over 25 weeks to process

The Social Welfare Appeals Office is currently dealing with 13,444 appeals.

# joan-burton - Wednesday 5 March, 2014

Burton accused of ‘sleveen’ move in axing diet supplement payment

Joan Burton says the Diet Supplement Scheme is no longer needed because specialists foods are more freely available.

The Government’s priorities (part 2), IBRC mortgages and taxi regulation

Everything happening in Leinster House today.

# joan-burton - Monday 3 March, 2014

Most of 500,000 identity cards in Ireland issued to social welfare claimants

Almost 239,000 of these cards have been issued in Dublin.

# joan-burton - Wednesday 26 February, 2014

Homeless family to stage protest outside Joan Burton’s office today

Minister Burton told the family to ‘think anew about your family’s many needs’ and how they can be met within the housing market as it exists at the moment.

# joan-burton - Monday 24 February, 2014

Poll: Should the age of transgender recognition be lowered? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the age of transgender recognition be lowered?

It is currently proposed that transgender people can register their new identity at 18 but this may be lowered to 16. Do you agree?

# joan-burton - Saturday 15 February, 2014

7 things we learned from Labour’s one-day conference

Here’s what we found out after spending the day with Eamon Gilmore and co in a nice hotel in Enfield, Co Meath.

Brendan Howlin: ‘The most resistant group I have come across are the most privileged’

The Labour conference has heard from senior ministers hitting out a the opposition parties, “obnoxious” trickle-down economics and the problem of cyberbullying.

# joan-burton - Tuesday 11 February, 2014

‘When you boycott, you’re just ignored’: Varadkar at odds with Burton’s stance on NYC parade

Leo Varadkar is at odds with Cabinet colleague Joan Burton over whether or not ministers should attend the New York St Patrick’s Day next month.

# joan-burton - Monday 3 February, 2014

The 5 at 5: Monday

Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…

# joan-burton - Sunday 2 February, 2014

Joan Burton has no plans for UK-style crackdown on welfare for jobless immigrants

A Fine Gael TD asked the Labour minister about a recent ban on immigrants in the UK receiving dole payment for their first three months of residency.

# joan-burton - Tuesday 28 January, 2014

Under-25s who fail to accept some JobBridge internships could face dole cut

Social Protection Minister Joan Burton has said that her department reserves the right to impose sanctions on welfare payments.

Munster Express was handed two-month JobBridge ban after complaint from intern

Journalism graduate Martin Malone said that he was given no mentoring and claimed the newspaper were using the scheme for free labour.

Concern about ‘cherrypicking’ unemployed as government privatises job scheme

Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh said some of the companies who expressed an interest in this scheme have “dubious records” in England where they provide similar services.

# joan-burton - Sunday 26 January, 2014

Burton defends welfare checks on widows and widowers

The issue has been in the spotlight after an elderly woman had her pension stopped when she refused to engage with inspectors.

# joan-burton - Monday 23 December, 2013

An Post wins new contract to keep delivering social welfare payments

The department say that the contract is worth more than €50 million a year to An Post.

# joan-burton - Saturday 21 December, 2013

Over 141,000 social welfare applications rejected in 2013

Figures from the Department of Social Protection revealed more than 23,000 appeals were lodged in the first ten months of this year.

# joan-burton - Saturday 14 December, 2013

Here’s What Happened Today: Saturday

Everyone’s talking about Gerry Adams at Nelson Mandela’s funeral, Commander Chris Hadfield in Dublin, and the weather…

‘We are now the masters of our own destiny’ – cabinet ministers react to the bailout exit

There was an air of bullish enthusiasm around Government Buildings yesterday, with the themes of recovery and independence on every ministers lips.

# joan-burton - Tuesday 10 December, 2013

“Slán abhaile, Madiba” – TDs pay tribute to Nelson Mandela

Party leaders were given time to speak today in the chamber in memory of the South African leader.

# joan-burton - Sunday 8 December, 2013

Burton: Maternity benefit cuts aren’t a disincentive to women working

Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked Minister Burton about the new maternity benefit rate being brought in under Budget 2014.

# joan-burton - Thursday 5 December, 2013

WATCH: TDs try to figure out what ‘amazeballs’ means

The only problem was they were pronouncing it ‘amazey-balls’.

# joan-burton - Wednesday 4 December, 2013

Column: Restoring the Christmas bonus should be a no-brainer

A reintroduction of the Christmas bonus would be a huge boost for both people who rely on social welfare payments and for the economy, writes Patrick Nulty TD.

# joan-burton - Monday 2 December, 2013

WATCH: Burton says she hasn’t talked with Gilmore about ‘rift’

The Social Protection Minister was speaking to TheJournal.ie at the Labour Party national conference in Killarney at the weekend.

# joan-burton - Sunday 1 December, 2013

Joan Burton: We are still going to be heavily overseen by the Troika

The Minister for Social Protection has told TheJournal.ie it will not be “return to boom time instantly” when the EU/IMF programme ends later this month.

# joan-burton - Saturday 30 November, 2013

Batons, bessies and 4 other things we’ve learned from these Labour conference pics

Security is tight, protests are small and everyone, with a few exceptions, is in a pretty good mood.

Joan Burton admits Labour’s failures on living standards

Meanwhile, Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin has pledged to repeal the law on emergency public sector pay cuts.

Burton hopes voters will reward Labour next year as day two of conference gets underway

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore will give his party leader address to delegates in Killarney tonight.

# joan-burton - Friday 29 November, 2013

Quinn says CRC board should resign, Burton says salary claims are ‘disturbing’

Two ministers been vocal about the CRC top-ups controversy today.

# joan-burton - Thursday 28 November, 2013

Gilmore: It was never an option to renege on promissory note deal

Burning the bondholders would be “akin to sovereign default” Eamon Gilmore told the Dáil this morning and said the issue of the promissory note has been “resolved”.

Joan Burton calls for ‘living wage’ ahead of Labour Party conference

The Social Protection Minister has made the case for a wage increase that she argues would reduce welfare spend and increase tax revenue.