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#John Bruton

# john-bruton - Friday 6 September, 2019

Acceptable in the 80s: Ireland once regarded Mugabe as a respected statesman and honoured guest

The Zimbabwe leader was viewed as a pariah by the West for decades. Things were different in 1983.

# john-bruton - Saturday 29 December, 2018

Fine Gael ministers discussed US corporations paying 'little or no tax' here in the 1980s

A letter from John Bruton to Alan Dukes has been released to the national archives.

# john-bruton - Monday 23 April, 2018

Warnings from former taoisigh on Brexit border: 'The communities would come together to tear it down'

Brian Cowen, Bertie Ahern and John Bruton shared a stage in Dublin this morning.

# john-bruton - Thursday 15 March, 2018

Advice for Leo? We asked two former Taoisigh for some pointers ahead of today's Trump visit

Bertie Ahern and John Bruton reflect on their visits to the White House.

# john-bruton - Friday 18 December, 2015

John Bruton reckons Ireland would have become independent without 1916

The former taoiseach said we shouldn’t glorify the Easter Rising.

# john-bruton - Thursday 10 September, 2015

Can Fine Gael dare to dream of an overall majority?

Analysis: Ahead of its last think-in before the election, some in Fine Gael quietly believe history can be made. But can it really?

# john-bruton - Tuesday 12 May, 2015

Bertie and Brian got over €80k each last year

The former taoisigh’s annual pensions cannot be cut further, Brendan Howlin has said.

# john-bruton - Monday 9 February, 2015

It's 20 years since Phil Hogan leaked the Budget and had to resign

The unassuming politician, as we all know, immediately bowed out of public life and hasn’t been heard from since…

# john-bruton - Sunday 28 December, 2014

Ireland wanted to sell water to Saudi Arabia for $5 a barrel in the 1980s

There was one problem… Japan also wanted to.

# john-bruton - Wednesday 29 October, 2014

Was the Easter Rising needed? Just two in five of you think so (but even fewer don't)

The findings comes from a poll from Irish language news website

# john-bruton - Friday 19 September, 2014

WATCH: David Norris calls 1916 rebels 'traitors to their own cause'

The plot thickens…

# john-bruton - Wednesday 17 September, 2014

# john-bruton - Sunday 17 August, 2014

Check out this Dáil row between Charlie Haughey, Dick Spring and John Bruton in 1991 Back In The Day This post contains videos

Check out this Dáil row between Charlie Haughey, Dick Spring and John Bruton in 1991

“Who wrote that rubbish?!”

# john-bruton - Saturday 16 August, 2014

'The other one is worser': Winners, losers and one we couldn't decide on from the political week House Of Cards This post contains a poll

'The other one is worser': Winners, losers and one we couldn't decide on from the political week

You win some, you lose some – even during the summer recess.

# john-bruton - Friday 15 August, 2014

Labour TD sparks another row over Home Rule and WWI - this time it's about stamps

And John Bruton’s getting involved…

# john-bruton - Thursday 14 August, 2014

Richard Bruton: I don't want to talk about whether my brother is annoying the government

Former taoiseach John Bruton has been in the news in recent weeks.

# john-bruton - Tuesday 12 August, 2014

5 ways John Bruton has probably annoyed the government over the last few years

While Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen largely maintain their silence, the former Fine Gael leader and taoiseach has been outspoken in recent years.

# john-bruton - Tuesday 5 August, 2014

Gerry Adams lashes out at John Bruton for calling the 1916 Rising 'a mistake'

And so begins the Great Irish History Debate of 2014-2016…

# john-bruton - Monday 23 June, 2014

These are the questions John Bruton wants the banking inquiry to answer

Bruton wants the inquiry to focus on the reasons why the crisis wasn’t averted, not how it happened.

# john-bruton - Friday 20 June, 2014

Opinion: Is austerity really a necessity – or do we have a choice?

We’ve been told that we have no choice but to accept austerity measures to get the country back on its feet… but is that really true?

# john-bruton - Tuesday 11 March, 2014

Who is Frank Flannery and why is everyone talking about him?

He is the man who helped Fine Gael become the largest party in the State but his involvement with the Rehab Group has caused controversy in recent weeks. Who is Frank Flannery? Let explain all.

# john-bruton - Friday 28 February, 2014

This video will get Fine Gael members totally psyched for their Ard Fheis

Everyone else? Not so much…

# john-bruton - Saturday 27 July, 2013

Explainer: What is the Council of State and why is it discussing the abortion bill?

The Council of State is a little-used and largely unknown body but it takes centre stage as it discusses the abortion bill next week. explains what it’s all about…

# john-bruton - Monday 13 May, 2013

Former Taoiseach's comments on financial regulation gave MEP 'the shivers'

At a conference last week Bruton said there should be less regulation of the IFSC.

# john-bruton - Friday 15 February, 2013

Suicidal risk in X Case law 'not consistent with Constitution' - John Bruton

The former taoiseach and leader of Fine Gael argues that including suicidal risk in forthcoming legislation is not consistent with Article 40.3.3 which protests the life of the unborn child.

# john-bruton - Monday 28 January, 2013

MEP criticises two government departments over tobacco industry meetings

The Department of Finance said each year its officials meet with representatives of all industries in the run up to the Budget.

# john-bruton - Monday 24 December, 2012

Former Taoiseach says abusive tweets should not be read on air

John Bruton said that public anger at political decisions does not give people the right to abuse TDs.

# john-bruton - Friday 3 August, 2012

€83k paid to ex-taoisigh this year – despite scrapping of expenses scheme Exclusive

Payments to former Taoisigh for secretarial allowances continued until March – despite Enda Kenny telling the Dáil they would end in January, can reveal.

# john-bruton - Monday 9 July, 2012

Gallery: Former taoisigh… where are they now? Gone Fishin This post contains images

Gallery: Former taoisigh… where are they now?

Bertie, Albert, Brian and co. What are they up to these days?

# john-bruton - Monday 28 May, 2012

New documents detail Fianna Fáil pressure on President Hillery in 1982

Logbooks released by a UCD-funded website detail calls placed to Áras an Uactaráin by Fianna Fáil members in a controversial move that had consequences for the party years later.

# john-bruton - Thursday 26 April, 2012

Bruton says ministers should thrash out their differences at Cabinet table

Former taoiseach John Bruton has said that Ministers should work out their differences in secret at the Cabinet table.

# john-bruton - Monday 2 January, 2012

Former taoisigh lose mobile phone and secretarial expenses

From yesterday, former taoisigh are no longer entitled to claim expenses for secretarial work and mobile phones from the state.

# john-bruton - Wednesday 30 November, 2011

In full: what former ministers get after the government's new levy

We’ve gone through the list of ministerial pensions to see precisely how each living former minister is hit by the various levies.

# john-bruton - Monday 28 November, 2011

Taoiseach's mother Eithne Kenny laid to rest in Mayo RIP This post contains images

Taoiseach's mother Eithne Kenny laid to rest in Mayo

Mrs Kenny passed away last Saturday, aged 93.

# john-bruton - Wednesday 5 October, 2011

Ahern claimed €377k in expenses since leaving office

Details provided to Wicklow TD Anne Ferris show that the ‘Teflon Taoiseach’ has claimed over €10,000 in phone expenses alone.

# john-bruton - Saturday 28 May, 2011

The Daily Fix: Saturday

In tonight’s fix: Bruton rules out presidential bid; the other Bruton comes under fire; Kenny gives Obama some Irish tips; Amnesty turns 50; and Manchester United players try their hand at acting…

Former Taoiseach John Bruton rules out presidential bid

The former Taoiseach has decided not to seek the Fine Gael nomination for president.

# john-bruton - Friday 27 May, 2011

Poll: Who would get your vote as next President of Ireland? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Who would get your vote as next President of Ireland?

Up to ten names have now been mentioned in connection with the presidency. We want to know which of these ten – some who’ve already declared an interest and a few who’ve shown none at all – would be mostly likely to get your vote at this stage.

# john-bruton - Sunday 17 April, 2011

Bruton under pressure to declare Áras intentions

Mairead McGuinness’s announcement has left former Taoiseach John Bruton under pressure to discuss his intentions.

# john-bruton - Sunday 10 April, 2011

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: It’s census day today so every household must fill out their forms; Barack Obama could be set to line out at Croke Park; a new poll finds support for the coalition; and Gay Byrne will be back on our screens every Friday.

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