John Bruton

John Bruton, former Irish Prime Minister


John Bruton was the Prime Minister (Taoiseach) of Republic of Ireland from 1994 to 1997. He helped transform the Irish economy into the “Celtic Tiger,” one of the fastest growing economies in the world. He was also deeply involved in the Northern Irish Peace Process leading to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, under whose terms a conflict of allegiances dating back to the seventeenth century was resolved.


Latest articles from John Bruton

Brexit is Far from Done. It is Entering its Dramatic Second Act - [John Bruton] Can a chaotic "Crash Out" Brexit in December 2020 be avoided?
Brexit: The Era of Easy Decisions is Over - [John Bruton] The EU’s strategic weight in the world will be reduced by the absence of the UK, as the EU is losing a relatively young, diverse and creative member state. 
Problems with Boris Johnson’s New Proposals on Irish Backstop - [John Bruton] A 'Northern Ireland only' backstop would not protect Republic of Ireland's trade with Britain which is more valuable than trade across the border with Northern Ireland.

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John Bruton also served as the European Union Ambassador to the United States (2004-09).

While Prime Minister, John Bruton presided over a successful Irish EU Presidency in 1996 and helped finalize the Stability and Growth Pact, which governs the management of the single European currency, the Euro.

John Bruton was first elected to the Irish Parliament (“Dáil Éireann”) in 1969 at the age of 22 as a member of the Fine Gael Party, becoming Party Leader in 1990 and leading it into government in 1994. He previously served as Ireland’s Minister for Finance (1981-1982 and 1986-1987); Minister for Industry & Energy (1982-1983); Minister for Trade, Commerce & Tourism (1983-1986); and was Parliamentary Secretary (Junior Minister) from 1973-1977. He has also been opposition spokesman on Agriculture and on Education.

Currently, John Bruton is Chairman of IFSC Ireland, a private sector body set up to develop the financial services industry in Ireland. He is a member of the board of Ingersoll Rand plc, and of Montpelier Re plc. He is also a member of the board of the Centre for European Policy Studies. He is a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Transatlantic Relations in Washington DC, and a visiting fellow at the European Institute in the London School of Economics.

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Trump Administration’s Mideast Policy - [John Bruton] Trump Administration's Middle East policy is increasing the risk of unintended conflict between the US forces and Iranian forces & loyal militias. The policy is also making a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict impossible and a one-state solution more inevitable.
New Way Forward on Brexit - [John Bruton] How might a New Way Forward on Brexit be uncovered if the Existing Deal is not Accepted?
Brexit Testing UK’s Parliament Sovereignty - [John Bruton] Parliament, not the monarch, and not people by referendum, is sovereign -- a principle not contained in a written constitution, but it is longstanding in the UK constitutional system.
Problem Lies with Brexit Itself - [John Bruton] New barriers – including the fact that the UK will be (after Brexit) having different standards, trade arrangements and tariffs than the EU – will bring delays, extra bureaucracy, and eventually bankruptcies, in their wake.
European Commission’s Paper for “No Deal“ Brexit - [John Bruton] European Commission's Paper sets out the preparations necessary for Brexit without a deal.
Harder Brexit Means Harder Resolution of Irish Border Problem - [John Bruton] The proposals the United Kingdom government is making for its future relationship with the European Union will run into a number of obstacles in coming days.