Dáil pays tribute to ‘modern Irish patriot’ John Bruton

Former taoiseach and Fine Gael leader died on Tuesday at the age of 76

John Bruton in his office with then-press secretary Shane Kenny catching up with the news after returning from Copenhagen, 1995. Picture: RollingNews.ie

Former taoiseach John Bruton has been remembered as a “modern Irish patriot” during a series of expressions of sympathy in the Dáil.

Bruton, who was taoiseach between 1994 and 1997 and leader of Fine Gael between 1990 and 2001, died on Tuesday in Dublin following a long illness.

On Wednesday, the normal parliamentary schedule for the Dáil was replaced with an extended session for tributes.

Politicians highlighted his intellect, sense of humour and distinctive laugh ...