Participating Members

John Bruton

Prime Minister of Ireland

John Bruton was first elected to the Dáil Éireann (House of Representatives) in 1969 and served continuously until his retirement from domestic politics in 2004. He served as Ireland’s Minister for Finance; Minister for Industry & Energy; and Minister for Trade, Commerce & Tourism. In 1990, he became the leader of his party (Fine Gael) and successfully led it to government in 1994.

At the age of 47, making him the then youngest Taoiseach ever, John Bruton played a key role in making the Irish economy one of the fastest growing in the world, and reinforcing its image as ‘Celtic Tiger’. John Bruton was also deeply involved in the Northern Irish Peace Process and the signing of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, which allowed resolving a longstanding conflict of allegiances and decades of violence on the Irish island.

Whilst Prime Minister, John Bruton also presided over a successful Irish EU Presidency in 1996 and helped finalize the Stability and Growth Pact, which governed the management of the single European currency, the Euro. From 1999 until 2004, he was one of ten Vice Presidents of the European People's Party – the largest party sitting in the European Parliament. Finally, from 2004 until 2009, he was the EU’s Ambassador to the United States.

Mr. Bruton Membership will be ratified at the Xth General Asembly of the Club de Madrid on November 8.

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