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John Bruton
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10th Taoiseach
In office
15 December 1994 – 26 June 1997
President Mary Robinson
Tánaiste Dick Spring
Preceded by Albert Reynolds
Succeeded by Bertie Ahern
Ambassador of the European Union to the United States
In office
24 November 2004 – 31 October 2009
President José Manuel Barroso
Preceded by Günter Burghardt
Succeeded by Angelos Pangratis (Acting)
Leader of the Opposition
In office
26 June 1997 – 9 February 2001
President Mary Robinson
Mary McAleese
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern
Preceded by Bertie Ahern
Succeeded by Michael Noonan
In office
20 November 1990 – 15 December 1994
President Patrick Hillery
Mary Robinson
Taoiseach Charles Haughey
Albert Reynolds
Preceded by Alan Dukes
Succeeded by Bertie Ahern
Leader of Fine Gael
In office
21 November 1990 – 9 February 2001
Deputy Peter Barry
Nora Owen
Preceded by Alan Dukes
Succeeded by Michael Noonan
Deputy Leader of Fine Gael
In office
26 March 1987 – 20 November 1990
Leader Alan Dukes
Preceded by Peter Barry
Succeeded by Peter Barry
Minister for the Public Service
In office
20 January 1987 – 10 March 1987
Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald
Preceded by Ruairi Quinn
Succeeded by Alan Dukes
Minister for Finance
In office
14 February 1986 – 10 March 1987
Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald
Preceded by Alan Dukes
Succeeded by Ray MacSharry
In office
30 June 1981 – 9 March 1982
Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald
Preceded by Gene Fitzgerald
Succeeded by Ray MacSharry
Minister for Industry, Trade, Commerce and Tourism
In office
13 December 1983 – 14 February 1986
Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald
Preceded by Garret FitzGerald (Acting)
Succeeded by Michael Noonan
Minister for Industry and Energy
In office
14 December 1982 – 13 December 1983
Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald
Preceded by Albert Reynolds
Succeeded by Dick Spring
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education
In office
14 March 1973 – 25 May 1977
Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave
Preceded by Bobby Molloy
Succeeded by Jim Tunney
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Commerce
In office
14 May 1973 – 25 May 1977
Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave
Preceded by Gerry Collins
Succeeded by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn
Teachta Dála
In office
June 1969 – 31 October 2004
Constituency Meath
Personal details
Born
John Gerard Bruton

18 May 1947 (1947-05-18) (age 73)
Dunboyne, County Meath, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fine Gael
Spouse(s) Finola Bruton (m. 1978)
Relations Richard Bruton (Brother)
Children 4
Parents
  • Joseph Bruton
  • Doris Bruton
Education Clongowes Wood College
Alma mater

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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