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John Gerard Bruton

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Birth
County Meath, Ireland
Death
6 Feb 2024 (aged 76)
Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Burial
Clonee, County Meath, Ireland Add to Map
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Irish Statesman. He served as the 10th Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland from December 15, 1994 to June 26, 1997. He was educated at Clongowes Wood College and then studied economics at University College Dublin and law at King's Inns in Dublin, qualifying as a barrister in 1970. He joined the Fine Gael party in 1965, and was elected to Dáil Éireann (the lower house of the Irish parliament) for Meath, where he farmed, in 1969. He went on to serve as a parliamentary secretary in the government of Liam Cosgrave from 1973 to 1977. When Garret FitzGerald led another Fine Gael–Labour Party coalition into office in 1981, he became minister for finance. His budget imposed an unpopular value-added tax on children's shoes that led to the fall of the government. He later served in FitzGerald's second government as minister for industry and energy (1982–83), minister for industry, trade, commerce, and tourism (1983–86), and minister for finance (1986–87). In the last capacity, he proposed a budget that gave the Labour Party an excuse to leave the government before the 1987 general elections. He became party leader in 1990. He failed to negotiate a deal with Labour after the 1992 elections but, following the collapse of the Fianna Fáil–Labour government in 1994, he became taoiseach (prime minister) when his party returned to power as part of a coalition with the Labour Party and Democratic Left. He went on to serve in this capacity until 1997, when the elections proved to be indecisive. He served as acting taoiseach until the Dáil convened in late June of that year and elected a Fianna Fáil–Progressive Democrats government. He retired from Irish politics in 2004 and served as the ambassador of the European Union to the United States from 2004 to 2009. He continued to have a voice in the Irish political scene until his passing.
Irish Statesman. He served as the 10th Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland from December 15, 1994 to June 26, 1997. He was educated at Clongowes Wood College and then studied economics at University College Dublin and law at King's Inns in Dublin, qualifying as a barrister in 1970. He joined the Fine Gael party in 1965, and was elected to Dáil Éireann (the lower house of the Irish parliament) for Meath, where he farmed, in 1969. He went on to serve as a parliamentary secretary in the government of Liam Cosgrave from 1973 to 1977. When Garret FitzGerald led another Fine Gael–Labour Party coalition into office in 1981, he became minister for finance. His budget imposed an unpopular value-added tax on children's shoes that led to the fall of the government. He later served in FitzGerald's second government as minister for industry and energy (1982–83), minister for industry, trade, commerce, and tourism (1983–86), and minister for finance (1986–87). In the last capacity, he proposed a budget that gave the Labour Party an excuse to leave the government before the 1987 general elections. He became party leader in 1990. He failed to negotiate a deal with Labour after the 1992 elections but, following the collapse of the Fianna Fáil–Labour government in 1994, he became taoiseach (prime minister) when his party returned to power as part of a coalition with the Labour Party and Democratic Left. He went on to serve in this capacity until 1997, when the elections proved to be indecisive. He served as acting taoiseach until the Dáil convened in late June of that year and elected a Fianna Fáil–Progressive Democrats government. He retired from Irish politics in 2004 and served as the ambassador of the European Union to the United States from 2004 to 2009. He continued to have a voice in the Irish political scene until his passing.

Bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye


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