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Let's make a leap forward for equality and make history and progress at the same time - Burton

Posted on February 13, 2015


Last night Labour LGBT held an event to mark the start of the marriage equality referendum campaign attended by party members and supporters from all over the country. The Tánaiste Joan Burton addressed the crowd on the night as did the party's Director of Elections for the campaign Minister Alex White.

The Tánaiste said: "[Marriage Equality] is an issue I know we care deeply about, as people who believe in the principles of equality. First we must make our case. Hard work lies ahead between now and May.

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Regional Economic Strategy focuses on promoting recovery in every region - Burton

Posted on February 11, 2015

Joan Burton

Significant progress on getting people back to work has been made by the Government, the Tánaiste Joan Burton said today speaking at the launch of the Regional Economic Strategy.

To date:

  • 80,000 new jobs have been created, with 40,000 more this year
  • Unemployment is down from a crisis peak of 15.1% to10.5%

The priority of the Government is to get people back to work, replacing the 330,000 jobs lost in the crisis. The Tánaiste Joan Burton today said that while progress has been made ‘it would be wrong to suggest that all regions have benefited equally’.

“I’ve spoken extensively of the need for the economic recovery to be accompanied by a social recovery. That means that every community feels the benefit of economic growth,” she said.

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Sunday with Miriam talks to the Tánaiste Joan Burton and Deputy Anne Ferris

Posted on February 02, 2015

Sunday with Miriam

Yesterday's 'Sunday with Miriam' on RTE Radio 1 saw a panel comprising the Tánaiste Joan Burton, Deputy Anne Ferris and Senator Averil Power, where they talked about their personal experiences of adoption and the impact it has had on their lives. You can hear their stories from 12 minutes in

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Action Plan for Jobs 2015

Posted on January 29, 2015

The Tánaiste Joan Burton at the Action Plan for Jobs launch

The 2015 Action Plan for Jobs was launched today which will see nearly 400 actions to be taken by 16 Government Departments and more than 60 State Agencies during 2015 to support job-creation.

[Download the Action Plan for Jobs 2015 here]

Speaking at the launch the Tánaiste Joan Burton said: “We are making significant progress in getting people back to work but we went to increase the momentum. So we are introducing further schemes to assist jobseekers return to employment, including the Back to Work Family Dividend.

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How did Budget 2015 affect you?

Posted on January 15, 2015

Budget 2015 tax calculator

This afternoon Daragh Lynch (aged 3) was on hand to help the Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister Brendan Howlin launch our Budget 2015 tax calculator on our dedicated Budget 2015 website.

[Calculate how Budget 2015 affects you from our Budget website here.]

The calculator helps people quickly access how various tax cuts and child benefit increases will positively affect the money in their pockets  and can be found on our Budget 2015 website here.


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All About Jobs - Jobs Cabinet agrees economic and job creation measures

Posted on January 14, 2015

All about jobs

Following today’s Jobs Cabinet which focused on a range of economic and job creation strategies, the Tánaiste Joan Burton said the progress the Government is making on the economic and employment front is ‘clear to see’ from the 1000s returning to work each month. However the Tánaiste said economic growth and new jobs are not enough.

“We also have to ensure that workers get sufficient hours and a fair wage, which is why we are establishing the Low Pay Commission to examine the minimum wage and why we will also investigate the prevalence of zero-hour contracts and take action where required,” the Tánaiste said. Among the measures agreed for economic and job creation strategies include:

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Minister White lays flowers at Charlie Hebdo office

Posted on January 13, 2015

Minister Alex White leaving 17 roses at Charlie Hebdo  - Minister Alex White leaving 17 roses at Charlie Hebdo on behalf of the Irish people, for the victims and in solidarity with France.
Minister Alex White leaving 17 roses at Charlie Hebdo on behalf of the Irish people, for the victims and in solidarity with France.

Yesterday the Minister for Communications Alex White TD was in Paris where he visited the Charlie Hebdo offices leaving 17 white roses in memory of those who were killed in last week’s terrorist attacks.

Accompanying the flowers was a message which read: “On behalf of the Government and the people of Ireland, in memory of all the victims of the horrific attacks, and in solidarity with the people of France in defence of the values of tolerance and freedom of expression”.



Minister Alex White is on Twitter, you can follow him from here

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A Christmas message from the Tánaiste and Leader of the Labour Party Joan Burton

Posted on December 24, 2014

I want to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year for you, your family and your friends.

2015 will, I hope, will be a good year for Ireland; we will get more people back to work.

In January and Feb we will begin to see tax and USC reductions for people at work and we'll see an improvement in Child Benefit and the LIving Alone Allowance.

I hope for all of us 2015 will be a year of progress, building new homes for families who need them, putting more money into our health system, and improving our education system and opportunities for our young people.

Joan Burton

Tánaiste and Leader of the Labour Party

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Nash establishes Low Pay Commission

Posted on December 15, 2014

Minister Gerald Nash

People from worker and employer backgrounds are being asked to apply for membership of the new Low-Paid Commission established by Minister Gerald Nash. It has been set up to advise the Government on the appropriate rate of the National Minimum Wage on an annual basis.

Minister Nash said: "The setting up of the Low Pay Commission represents the delivery of an important Government commitment and continues the dignity of work agenda I am pursuing in my portfolio. Work should always pay. But I am also conscious of the need to balance a basic statutory minimum pay rate that is fair, with one that is sustainable and which allows employers to continue to create quality jobs."

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1,168,582 children to benefit from Children's Benefit rise

Posted on December 05, 2014

Some 611,366 families around the country will receive a €5 monthly increase in their Child Benefit in January. The €5 rise will be paid for 1,168,582 children and is one example of how everyone is beginning to share in the economic recovery Labour is delivering.

This has been possible by the recent positive economic figures and the Government is commited to increasing the rate for a further €5 for each child in 2016, provided that circumstances allow.

Our aim is to ensure people feel the economic recovery in their everyday lives and the Child Benefit increase is an example of how Labour is working to make that happen.

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