Burton on bailout and Cabinet battles
Joan Burton lays bare her thoughts on a very tough time as she nears a year in power, writes Daniel McConnell
Joan Burton, the self-described 'idealist' Minister for Social Protection, is a unique figure in Irish politics and Irish life.
Opinionated, determined and formidable, she has, in recent weeks, been accused of harbouring a "persecution complex" by some of her colleagues in the Cabinet.
"That's the last thing I would ever suffer from," she says as we sit in front of her blazing fire in her Cabra home on Friday evening.