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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 - 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.

# 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.