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Why was Joan Burton in people's back gardens at the weekend?

A spot of gardening, perhaps?
Sep 14th 2015, 4:03 PM 15,590 52

JOAN BURTON TRAVELS all over the country and meets lots of different people as part of her job as Tánaiste and Labour party leader.

It isn’t always an easy task given Labour’s unpopularity over the last four years which has been due largely to issues like water charges and the botched setting up of Irish Water.

Even busting a move hasn’t been enough for the Tánaiste to regain popularity:

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Indeed water charges have resulted in a lot of anger towards Burton and was the primary reason why she was held for several hours in Jobstown last November.

But it appears as if anger towards the Tánaiste is softening somewhat. This morning, she informed the country she had been invited into people’s back gardens at the weekend.

What on earth for?

Well, Burton told Newstalk Breakfast that people were showing her their butts. Their rainwater butts.

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I was talking to people this weekend who actually brought me into their gardens to show me the rainwater butts that they have put back into gardens all over the Dublin area and all over the rest of the country and that’s sensible conservation.

The claim has already drawn some attention on Twitter this morning.

Some people got a childish giggle out of it…

While others said they wouldn’t be so nice as to invite Joan out the back…

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Some have raised an eyebrow at the claim, drawing comparisons with Enda Kenny’s famous comments about ‘the man with two pints in his hand’

Never wanting to let our readers down, we checked out Burton’s claim with her spokesperson this morning. We asked where exactly the Tánaiste had been looking at people’s water butts this weekend.

They told us she had spent the weekend, as she does every weekend, attending local events and canvassing in her constituency.

So, no specifics but there you have it.

Did you invite Joan Burton into your garden to look at your rainwter butt at the weekend? Let us know in the comments.

Read: The curious case of Enda Kenny and the man with two pints in his hand

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