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# Your questions answered
VIDEO: Joan Burton on how austerity affects her and Sinn Féin being an 'intensely populist party'
The Labour leadership hopeful answers your questions on regrets, where she sees her party in five years and who she thinks will win the World Cup.

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“I AM VERY lucky to have a job,” Joan Burton says as she discusses the impact of austerity on her personally.

In a wide-ranging interview with yesterday, the Labour leadership contender said that she has taken “very significant, proper” salary reductions in recent years.

But she knows quite a few people who have lost their jobs and their businesses, adding: ”So I am speaking from a relative position of fortune in relation to what happened.”

The Social Protection Minister is the clear favourite to succeed Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore but insists she is taking nothing for granted and does not believe she got the endorsement of the International Monetary Fund last week.

Burton spent over 20 minutes answering a variety of questions from and our readers including:


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