John Bruton

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President-elect Donald Trump shakes hands during an election night rally in New York. Photograph: AP

Donald Trump has raised so many expectations that it may be impossible for him to live up to them. Populism in power may not be as popular as populism(...)

Are we still tied to a single narrative of our history? 1916 commemoration at the GPO. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Has the 1916 centenary commemoration really been a great success? Were those independent-minded media critics, normally scornful of government and al(...)

Darker outlook: Hillary Clinton’s standing in the pools has fallen since the FBI reopened an investigation into her emails. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

As chaos reigned across global markets in August last year amid signs that China’s economy, the world’s growth engine, was slowing, Donald Trump took (...)

Former taoiseach and ex-EU ambassador to the United States, John Bruton, with Irish Times finance correspondent Ciarán Hancock

As polls show a tightening in the US presidential race less than a week before polling day, former taoiseach John Bruton has said a Donald Trump pres(...)

‘The Taoiseach’s good humour will be tested in the months ahead.’ Photograph: Andres Poveda

For 41 years, Enda Kenny has been a member of the Dáil. From playboy backbencher to Taoiseach in the age of austerity, from a well-liked but little re(...)

Former taoisigh John Bruton and  Bertie Ahern at the European Union select committee in the House of Lords in London. Photograph: PA Wire

Bertie Ahern and John Bruton have warned British peers about the damage Britain’s departure from the EU could do to the Irish economy and the politica(...)

British Prime minister Theresa May has said the Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations) would give Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales an official channel to influence Brexit negotiations before they start next spring.  Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

British prime minister Theresa May will today offer the leaders of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales a formal role in shaping Britain’s strategy fo(...)

A 1985 file photograph of former Fine Gael minister and Lord Mayor of Dublin Fergus O’Brien (left), who has died aged 86, with former minister Alan Shatter. Photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times.

Tributes have been paid to former minister and Lord Mayor of Dublin Fergus O’Brien, who has died aged 86. Mr O’Brien was elected to the Dáil as a Fin(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan before the announcement of  Budget 2015. Photograph: The Irish Times

The budgets of the early 1970s when Ireland was in recession were best captured by RTE’s brilliant satire Hall’s Pictorial Weekly. Eamon Morrissey di(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May’s comments have raised concerns of a possible hardline Brexit. Photograph: Oli Scarff/EFP/Getty Images

A number of proposals put forward by business groups in recent months to help Irish exporters facing difficulties due to Brexit have been rejected be(...)

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