Legislation

UNDOCUMENTED CHILDREN

18 November 2019

Last week in the Dáil, I questioned An Taoiseach about the estimated 3,000 undocumented children living in Ireland. I called on An Taoiseach to end the limbo these children live, and the restrictions placed on their freedom to life, and to pursue educational, social and work opportunities. You can read a recent Sunday Times article … Continue reading Undocumented Children

MARRIAGE ACT BEGINS AS BURTON SIGNS ORDER ALLOWING CIVIL PARTNERS TO MARRY

10 November 2015

The Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton T.D., has today signed regulations that make it easier for civil partners who now wish to marry following the commencement of the Marriage Act 2015. The Tánaiste signed the Regulations and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald signed the Commencement Order for the Act at a ceremony in … Continue reading MARRIAGE ACT BEGINS AS BURTON SIGNS ORDER ALLOWING CIVIL PARTNERS TO MARRY

PASSING OF MARRIAGE BILL A HISTORIC DAY FOR IRELAND

22 October 2015

The passing of the Marriage Equality Bill in the Seanad today means that generations of young LGBT people will now grow up in a country where they are equal, according to Joan. Joan said: “Marriage equality will mean that all couples, regardless of gender, will be able to have their love recognised by the state … Continue reading Passing of Marriage Bill a Historic Day for Ireland

DUBLIN 15 RESIDENTS TELL THEIR ADOPTION STORIES AT WESTMANSTOWN MEETING

29 September 2015

Tánaiste Joan Burton has suggested that new adoption legislation could be tagged ‘Philomena’s Law’ in honour of the efforts of Philomena Lee to promote the issue. The Dublin West Labour TD made the comment as she addressed a packed public meeting on the new reforms to adoption law in Westmanstown Golf Club last night (Monday … Continue reading DUBLIN 15 RESIDENTS TELL THEIR ADOPTION STORIES AT WESTMANSTOWN MEETING

PUBLIC MEETING IN DUBLIN WEST ON MAJOR NEW ADOPTION REFORM – BURTON

21 September 2015

An information meeting on the new adoption legislation will take place in Westmanstown Golf Club next Monday, 28th September at 8:00pm. The meeting has been organised by Tánaiste Joan Burton, and guest speakers will include Fergus Finlay, CEO of Barnardo’s Ireland, and Susan Lohan, director of the Adoption Rights Alliance. Speaking in advance of the meeting, … Continue reading PUBLIC MEETING IN DUBLIN WEST ON MAJOR NEW ADOPTION REFORM – BURTON

ADOPTION BILL IS A VERY IMPORTANT STEP

27 July 2015

On the publication of the Heads and General Scheme of the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2015   For many years, adoption in Ireland happened very much in the shadows, with little or no regulation and great secrecy. Children were put up for adoption, often against the will of the mother, usually under the auspices … Continue reading ADOPTION BILL IS A VERY IMPORTANT STEP

MARRIAGE EQUALITY REFERENDUM PUBLIC FORUM

17 April 2015

JOAN BURTON TD TANAISTE AND LEADER OF THE LABOUR PARTY Will host a Public Forum on the MARRIAGE EQUALITY REFERENDUM The Carpenter Carpenterstown Road Thursday 28th April at 8:00 pm With Speakers Senator Katherine Zappone, John Lyons TD. There will be a Referendum on Friday May 22nd to allow an extra sentence to be added … Continue reading MARRIAGE EQUALITY REFERENDUM PUBLIC FORUM

WE NEED TO ENHANCE THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN

6 March 2015

Speaking at the Trocaire conference on International Women’s Day, NUI Maynooth I am delighted to have the opportunity to be with you this morning and share some thoughts in advance of International Women’s Day on Sunday. International Women’s Day was, of course, an initiative of the International Labour Movement back at the start of the … Continue reading WE NEED TO ENHANCE THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN

BURTON COMMENDS CHILDREN AND FAMILY RELATIONSHIP BILL 2014 TO THE DAIL

25 February 2015

A Cheann Comhairle, This is a fine piece of reforming legislation and as Tánaiste and Leader of the Labour Party I have no hesitation in commending it to the House. As an independent State our record in Ireland in dealing with children, and in using the law to protect and enhance the lives and the … Continue reading BURTON COMMENDS CHILDREN AND FAMILY RELATIONSHIP BILL 2014 TO THE DAIL

SOCIAL WELFARE LEGISLATION FOR BACK TO WORK DIVIDEND PUBLISHED

18 February 2015

The Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, T.D. has today (Wednesday, 18 February, 2015) announced the publication of the Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2015, following Cabinet approval. The main purpose of the Bill is the introduction of the new Back to Work Family Dividend, announced in Budget 2015, to help jobseekers with … Continue reading Social Welfare Legislation for Back to Work Dividend Published