Woman appears in court charged with burglary at Joan Burton's house

It happened while Ms Burton attended a community gathering on crime

Woman appears in court charged with burglary at Joan Burton's house

Joan Burton and Senator Kevin Humphreys speak at Leinster House. Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

A woman has appeared in court charged with burglary at the home of former Tánaiste and Labour TD Joan Burton.

It is alleged to have happened while she was speaking at an event on crime in Harristown in her constituency of Dublin West.

Gardaí had called the meeting in Huntstown following a wave of attacks.

Elaine Waters (44), of no fixed abode, was remanded in custody to appear in court again on Thursday.

Deputy Burton said everyone is OK, but she will have to reassess her security.

She explained: "I've had the unfortunate experience of being broken into on many occasions. On each occasion, you just give thanks that nobody is injured, nobody is hurt.

"Then you have a look again at security, and see what can you do upgrade and modernise security."

Speaking earlier, Deputy Burton observed: "The burglar [was] able to take out one of the panes of glass in our kitchen window. There wasn't a scratch on it - I have to say, that shocked me more than anything else."

Reporting by Paul Quinn, Stephen McNeice and Frank Greaney