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Joan Burton
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Tánaiste
In office
4 July 2014 – 6 May 2016
Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Preceded by Eamon Gilmore
Succeeded by Frances Fitzgerald
Leader of the Labour Party
In office
4 July 2014 – 20 May 2016
Deputy Alan Kelly
Preceded by Eamon Gilmore
Succeeded by Brendan Howlin
Minister for Social Protection
In office
9 March 2011 – 6 May 2016
Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Preceded by Éamon Ó Cuív
Succeeded by Leo Varadkar
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
In office
4 October 2007 – 4 July 2014
Leader Eamon Gilmore
Preceded by Liz McManus
Succeeded by Alan Kelly
Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs
In office
20 December 1994 – 26 June 1997
Taoiseach John Bruton
Preceded by Tom Kitt
Succeeded by Liz O'Donnell
Minister of State at the Department of Social Welfare
In office
14 January 1993 – 15 December 1994
Taoiseach Albert Reynolds
Preceded by New office
Succeeded by Office abolished
Teachta Dála
In office
May 2002 – February 2020
In office
November 1992 – June 1997
Constituency Dublin West
Personal details
Born 1 February 1949 (1949-02-01) (age 72)
Stoneybatter, Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Labour Party
Spouse(s) Patrick Carroll (m. 1978)
Children 1
Alma mater University College Dublin

Joan Burton (born 1 February 1949) is a former Irish Labour Party politician who served as Tánaiste and Leader of the Labour Party from 2014 to 2016, Minister for Social Protection from 2011 to 2016, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party from 2007 to 2014, Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs from 1994 to 1997 and Minister of State at the Department of Social Welfare from 1993 to 1994. She served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin West constituency from 1992 to 1997 and 2002 to 2020.

Burton was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1992 general election. From 1995 to 1997, she was Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs. She lost her seat at the 1997 general election, but was re-elected to the Dáil at the 2002 general election. She was deputy leader of the Labour Party under Eamon Gilmore, between 2007 and 2014. She was Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) from 2014 to 2016 and Minister for Social Protection from 2011 to 2016. She resigned as Labour Party leader in May 2016, following heavy losses by the party in the 2016 general election. Burton lost her seat in the 2020 general election on the 5th count.

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