John Bruton

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John Bruton
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10th Taoiseach
In office
15 December 1994 – 26 June 1997
PresidentMary Robinson
TánaisteDick Spring
Preceded byAlbert Reynolds
Succeeded byBertie Ahern
Ambassador of the European Union to the United States
In office
24 November 2004 – 31 October 2009
PresidentJosé Manuel Barroso
Preceded byGünter Burghardt
Succeeded byAngelos Pangratis (Acting)
Leader of the Opposition
In office
26 June 1997 – 9 February 2001
PresidentMary Robinson
Mary McAleese
TaoiseachBertie Ahern
Preceded byBertie Ahern
Succeeded byMichael Noonan
In office
20 November 1990 – 15 December 1994
PresidentPatrick Hillery
Mary Robinson
TaoiseachCharles Haughey
Albert Reynolds
Preceded byAlan Dukes
Succeeded byBertie Ahern
Leader of Fine Gael
In office
21 November 1990 – 9 February 2001
DeputyPeter Barry
Nora Owen
Preceded byAlan Dukes
Succeeded byMichael Noonan
Deputy Leader of Fine Gael
In office
26 March 1987 – 20 November 1990
LeaderAlan Dukes
Preceded byPeter Barry
Succeeded byPeter Barry
Minister for the Public Service
In office
20 January 1987 – 10 March 1987
TaoiseachGarret FitzGerald
Preceded byRuairi Quinn
Succeeded byAlan Dukes
Minister for Finance
In office
14 February 1986 – 10 March 1987
TaoiseachGarret FitzGerald
Preceded byAlan Dukes
Succeeded byRay MacSharry
In office
30 June 1981 – 9 March 1982
TaoiseachGarret FitzGerald
Preceded byGene Fitzgerald
Succeeded byRay MacSharry
Minister for Industry, Trade, Commerce and Tourism
In office
13 December 1983 – 14 February 1986
TaoiseachGarret FitzGerald
Preceded byGarret FitzGerald (Acting)
Succeeded byMichael Noonan
Minister for Industry and Energy
In office
14 December 1982 – 13 December 1983
TaoiseachGarret FitzGerald
Preceded byAlbert Reynolds
Succeeded byDick Spring
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education
In office
14 March 1973 – 25 May 1977
TaoiseachLiam Cosgrave
Preceded byBobby Molloy
Succeeded byJim Tunney
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Commerce
In office
14 May 1973 – 25 May 1977
TaoiseachLiam Cosgrave
Preceded byGerry Collins
Succeeded byMáire Geoghegan-Quinn
Teachta Dála
In office
June 1969 – 31 October 2004
ConstituencyMeath
Personal details
Born
John Gerard Bruton

(1947-05-18) 18 May 1947 (age 73)
Dunboyne, County Meath, Ireland
NationalityIrish
Political partyFine Gael
Spouse(s)Finola Bruton (m. 1978)
RelationsRichard Bruton (Brother)
Children4
Parents
  • Joseph Bruton
  • Doris Bruton
EducationClongowes Wood College
Alma mater
WebsiteOfficial website

John Gerard Bruton (born 18 May 1947) is an Irish former Fine Gael politician. He was Taoiseach from 1994 to 1997.

Bruton was also Ambassador of the European Union to the United States from 2004 to 2009, Leader of Fine Gael from 1990 to 2001, Opposition Leader from 1990 to 1994 and 1997 to 2001, Deputy Leader of Fine Gael from 1987 to 1990, Minister for the Public Service from January 1987 to March 1987, Minister for Finance from 1981 to 1982 and 1986 to 1987, Minister for Industry, Trade, Commerce and Tourism from 1983 to 1986, Minister for Industry and Energy from 1982 to 1983, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Commerce from 1973 to 1977.

He was a Teachta Dála (TD) from 1969 to 2004.

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