Joan Burton
Spokesperson on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and the Arts


Joan is currently .

Political Career

  • Elected to Dublin County Council in 1991.
  • Member of Dail Eireann 1992-1997.
  • Minister of State for Social Welfare 1992-1994.
  • Minister of State for Justice 1995-1997.
  • Minister for Overseas Development 1995-1997.
  • Elected to Fingal County Council 1999 for Castleknock area
  • Elected Labour TD for Dublin West in May 2002.
  • Re-elected as Labour TD for Dublin West in May 2007.
  • Elected Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Oct 2007.
  • Re-Elected to the Dail, Feb.2011
  • Appointed Minister for Social Protection, March 2011
  • Elected Leader of the Labour Party, July 2014
  • Elected to the 32nd Dáil, Feb.2016


  • TD for Dublin West
  • Former lecturer at DIT


  • Member, Dáil Committee on Arrangements for Budgetary Scrutiny June 2016- present
  • Member Joint Committee on Education and Skills, June 2016- present
  • Member, Joint Committee on Finance and the Public Service 2002 - 2007
  • Member of Dail Committee of Public Accounts 2002 - 2007
  • Chair of Steering Committeee of Blanchardstown Women's Refuge
  • Board Member of Centre for Independent Living campaigning for Transport rights of wheelchair users.
  • Member of DIT Strategy Working Party
  • Hon Secretary Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement 1979-83.

Other Interests

  • Joan was voted by political journalists as the Magill TD of the Year 2007 and 2008 in recognition of her successful years in politics
  • Joan was the 1st person to be elected to the 31st Dáil and secured 22.5% of 1st preference votes

Family Background

  • Married to Pat Carroll. They have one daughter Aoife Carroll,a TCD graduate

Birth Details

  • Born 1949


  • St Joseph Sisters of Charity Secondary School
  • Commerce Graduate of UCD. Fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountants.
  • Former Lecturer at University of Dar Es Salaam,Tanzania

Joan BurtonSpokesperson on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and the Arts

Ireland - Dublin : Dublin West
Work Address:
Leinster House
Dublin 2
(Constituency Office)

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