John Bruton was an honest, fair, and gifted person who contributed immensely to Ireland, Europe and the world throughout a half-century of political leadership.
Thousands of people in County Meath and beyond will mourn a completely genuine person, who devoted his life to his family and to improving our country and our world.
John Bruton was a reforming and honourable Taoiseach, a courageous Minister for Finance, an imaginative Minister for Industry and EU Ambassador to the United States, a hardworking Fine Gael Leader, and a hugely effective Meath TD for 35 years.
John was a proud father, husband, son, sibling, and cousin. He was a generous neighbour and a devout Catholic.
Like many others who benefitted from his wisdom, I will always be grateful for his extensive knowledge, his open-mindedness, his consistency, and his unwavering commitment to making the world a better place.
I offer my sympathy to Finola, his son Matthew and daughters; Juliana, Emily, and Mary-Elizabeth, and to John’s wider family and neighbours in Dunboyne. May he rest in peace.