Portraits in Power: John Bruton

Luck was on John Bruton’s side when he was installed as leader of the Rainbow coalition. He led what some analysts describe as one of the best governments since independence, but good fortune deserted him in the end, writes Pat Rabbitte

11th August, 2019

Party: Fine Gael

Constituency: Meath

In office: December 1994-June 1997

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