John Gerard Bruton (born 18 May 1947) is an Irish politician who served as Taoiseach of Ireland from 1994 to 1997. A minister under two taoisigh, Liam Cosgrave and Garret FitzGerald, Bruton held a number of the top posts in Irish government, including Minister for Finance (1981–1982 and 1986–1987), and Minister for Industry, Trade, Commerce and Tourism (1983–1986). He became leader of Fine Gael in 1990 and served as Taoiseach from 1994 until 1997, leading the Rainbow Coalition government of Fine Gael–Labour Party–Democratic Left. Bruton was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a TD for Meath in 1969, and served continuously until his retirement from domestic politics in 2004. He served as the Ambassador of the European Union to the United States from 2004–2009, and is a former Vice-President of the European People's Party (EPP).
John Bruton Quotes
John Bruton #Alone
European investment in Texas alone exceeds all U.S. investment in China and Japan put together.
John Bruton #Peace
Since creation of the E.U. a half century ago, Europe has enjoyed the longest period of peace in its history.
John Bruton #Peace
The European Union is the world's most successful invention for advancing peace.
John Bruton #Relationship
The U.S. - E.U. economic relationship dwarfs America's economic ties with China.
John Bruton #Intelligence
The E.U. has moved to combat global terrorism by instituting common European arrest and evidence warrants and creating a joint situation center to pool and analyze intelligence.
John Bruton #Respect
The E.U. is more than just a trade organization or a common market it is a guarantee of democracy, freedom, justice, and human rights. Nations cannot stay in the E.U. if they do not respect these guarantees.
John Bruton #Education #Health
Of course the EU and member states must work to ensure that people moving from one country to another understand their obligations and their rights in areas like health, road safety and further education.