John Bruton


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Bruton, John

(bro͞o`tən), 1947–, Irish politician, b. Dublin. A lawyer and farm owner, he is a member of the centrist Fine GaelFine Gael
, Irish political party. Formed in 1933, it was the successor of the party founded by William Cosgrave that held power from the creation of the Irish Free State in 1922 until ousted by the republican Fianna Fáil in 1932.
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 party. Bruton was first elected to the Irish parliament in 1969 and during the 1970s served as a junior minister. In Fine Gael cabinets during the 1980s, he was minister for industry, trade, commerce, and tourism (1982–83) and finance minister (1981–82; 1986–87). He became party leader in 1990 and was subsequently prime minister (1994–97), heading a three-party left-right coalition. As prime minister, Bruton promoted peace in Northern Ireland. Firmly opposed to the IRA, he suggested that only a majority vote by Ulster could lead to its incorporation into Ireland. In 1995, Bruton successfully campaigned for constitutional changes allowing divorce in the Irish Republic. He lost his party leadership post in 2001.
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FORMER Taoiseach John Bruton insisted a no-deal Brexit will bring border checks and "will be painful" for people living close by.
SINN Fein's refusal to take their seats in Westminster and voice concerns over Brexit is a "tragedy", former Taoiseach John Bruton said yesterday.
John Bruton, the former prime minister of Ireland who also served as the EU's ambassador to Washington between 2004 and 2009, will take up the chairmanship of the EU Sports Platform on 1 December.
FORMER Fine Gael leader John Bruton's pride was left dented yesterday after his Mercedes was badly damaged - by the Fine Gael battle bus!
Meanwhile, Irish PM John Bruton appealed to Londonderry nationalists to respect next week's Protestant Apprentice Boys' parade in the city.
A "NO DEAL" Brexit would be "devastating" for the peace process here and in the North, John Bruton has claimed.
That means the EU will have gone without an ambassador since 31 October 2009, when John Bruton departed.
FORMER Taoiseach John Bruton's return to Ireland to vote in Lisbon 2 has sparked fresh controversy.
Ahern said that it could even be time for John Bruton to make a comeback.
Former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton resigned last night as leader of the Fine Gael opposition party after failing to overcome a vote of no confidence.
It comes as former Taoiseach John Bruton called for Brexit to be delayed until 2023.