John Bruton is a politician who served as Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland from 1994 to 1997. He helped to begin the transformation of the Irish economy into one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Bruton was also deeply involved in the development of the Northern Irish Peace Process.
John Gerard Bruton was born in Dunboyne, Co Meath in 1947. Having qualified as a barrister he decided to enter politics. He was elected to Dáil Eireann to represent the constituency of Meath in the general Election of 1969. He was returned at each subsequent election until his retirement from politics in 2004.
Apart from serving as Taoiseach, Bruton also served in several ministerial positions during his time in Dáil Eireann. Following his retirement he served as the Ambassador of the European Union to the United States from 2004 to 2009. He continues to play an active role in Irish and European affairs.
John Bruton, who served as Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland from 1994 to 1997 was born in Co Meath in the year 1947 On This Day.
Former Taoiseach John Bruton speaking at a public meeting on the Stability Treaty