Leo Varadkar leads tributes to ‘doer and philosopher’ John Bruton following death aged 76

The former taoiseach and Fine Gael leader passed away after a long illness on Tuesday

John Bruton: the former Fine Gael leader, served as taoiseach from 1994 to 1997, after being appointed his party’s leader in 1990. Picture: RollingNews

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has led the tributes to John Bruton, the former taoiseach and Fine Gael leader, who died on Tuesday aged 76.

In a statement, Varadkar said he was “devastated” to learn of Bruton’s passing after a long illness at the Mater Private Hospital in Dublin.

“John was one of the reasons I became involved in politics and joined Fine Gael,” Varadkar said on Tuesday.

“He was always encouraging and supportive on a personal ...