Former Taoiseach and Former Minister for Finance, Ireland
John Bruton served as Taoiseach of Ireland from 1994 to 1997. He held a number of the top posts in Irish government, including Minister for Finance (1981 to1982 and 1986 to 1987), and Minister for Industry, Trade, Commerce and Tourism (1983 to 1986). He became leader of Fine Gael in 1990 and served as Taoiseach from 1994 until 1997.
He served as the first Ambassador of the European Union to the United States from 2004 to 2009, and is a former Vice-President of the European People's Party (EPP).