Ibec responds to passing of John Bruton

February 06, 2024

It is with great sadness we note the passing of former Taoiseach John Bruton.

John had an extensive political career, most notably serving as Taoiseach from 1994 to 1997. He held multiple ministries, including Minister for Finance and Minister of Industry, Trade, Commerce, and Tourism. During his tenure and beyond, he worked closely with the business community and sought to advance the Irish economy.

John was a courageous leader and played a pivotal role in European integration, including as a leading member of the Convention that drafted the proposed European Constitution. As the European Union Ambassador to the United States, John met with current and former Presidents of the United States and engaged with governors, mayors, and business leaders to explain the benefits of an expanding European Union, merits that continue to be evident today.

John’s vision and ambition for Ireland helped transform the Irish economy, particularly his role in promoting Ireland as a location of choice for international financial services.

On behalf of Ibec and Irish businesses, I personally wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of John Bruton.

Danny McCoy, CEO, Ibec