John Bruton

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A November election would require Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to gamble his office, when he could look forward to sitting in it for another six months. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Another bout of the general-election jitters skittered around Leinster House in the aftermath of the budget on Wednesday. Fianna Fáil thought Fine Ga(...)

‘The more regulatory divergence there is between the two parts of Ireland, the more border controls or other barriers there will have to be,’ said former taoiseach John Bruton. File image: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The hardline Brexit being proposed by Boris Johnson’s government, poses “an existential threat” to the Belfast Agreement, former taoiseach John Bruton(...)

The aftermath of the IRA bombing of Canary Wharf.  Photograph: Matthew Polak/Sygma via Getty

“It’s bad news, really bad news,” John Major told Bill Clinton. They spoke by phone at 11.13pm Irish time on February 9th, 1996, just four hours afte(...)

US president Bill Clinton (L) listens to remarks by British prime minister John Major at an US Air Force base in Pittsburgh in 1994. Photograph: Win McNamee/Reuters

Most Britons regard Ireland as “just another island” and “don’t really care what happens elsewhere in the world”, the then UK prime minister John Majo(...)

Former taoiseach John Bruton said many in the US Republican Party were in favour of Brexit in the hope it would lead to a break-up of the EU. File imag: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Ireland should not expect the United States to play any role in resolving the current impasse between the UK and the European Union over the backstop (...)

Minister of state at the department of Industry and Commerce Eddie Collins (third from left, standing) with members of taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald’s cabinet in June 1982. Photograph: The Irish Times

Eddie Collins, the former Fine Gael TD and junior minister who died on Monday, was described by former taoiseach John Bruton as the “inheritor of the (...)

US president Donald Trump with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the White House following a presentation of a bowl of shamrock. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Government Ministers and representatives will visit more than 50 countries over the St Patrick’s Day festival in what will be a final pre-Brexit promo(...)

John Bruton, seen here with taoiseach  Garret FitzGerald, warned of “serious emerging excesses”. Photograph: Pat Langan

Garret FitzGerald’s unilateral intervention as taoiseach in 1986 to save the Bewley’s chain of cafes in Dublin led to a major row with his minister fo(...)

The film Threads will be Christmas viewing for all the family in a no-deal Brexit

If Britain crashes out of the EU with no deal this will have consequences for independent import/export operators like Santa Claus, who has hitherto, (...)

John Bruton: ‘I think the DUP veto wouldn’t apply, essentially (if they took their seats),’ he said. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin could have “neutralised” the Democratic Unionist Party’s crucial veto on the outcome of Brexit by taking their seats at Westminster, former (...)

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