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Pictures: the moment Joan Burton fell out of a boat in Kilkenny floods

She’s ok.
Dec 31st 2015, 9:08 PM 137,556 329

1-TanaisteCapsize_DV-31-12-15 Source: Dylan Vaughan

Updated 16.48

TÁNAISTE JOAN BURTON joined fellow party colleague Ann Phelan in Kilkenny today to meet victims of the recent floods.

She greeted businesspeople…

Looked appropriately dismayed…

Got into a boat…

And then fell out of it.

31/12/2015. (Image 1).Tanaiste Burton Visits Thoma Source: Eamonn Farrell/

31/12/2015. (Image 4).Tanaiste Burton Visits Thoma Source: Eamonn Farrell/


1-TanaisteCapsize_DV-31-12-15 Source: Dylan Vaughan

2-TanaisteCapsize_DV-31-12-15 Source: Dylan Vaughan

6-TanaisteCapsize_DV-31-12-15 Source: Dylan Vaughan


31/12/2015. (Image 3).Tanaiste Burton Visits Thoma Source: Eamonn Farrell/

Luckily, the water was just ankle deep.

An eye-witness said, “She’s fine, got a bit wet but laughed it off afterwards.”

Thanks to journalist Conor Kane for the images. 

Additional reporting by Christina Finn and Cianan Brennan

Originally published 15.10

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