John Bruton: Episode 127


Former Taoiseach and EU Ambassador to the United States John Bruton joined Jarlath this week to talk about his career in politics which spans five decades. John discusses losing confidence in his own caution, how prosperity causes people to think they don’t need stable politics, his preference for decisions made by politicians rather than expert groups and why he believes cynicism is the ultimate mask for mental laziness.

This conversation also sees John explain in detail his controversial opinions on the Easter Rising commemorations and the mistakes he feels those who occupied the GPO in 1916 made at the expense of peace. From his backing of the water charges to explaining the unworthy actions of the UK government this episode gives a fascinating insight into the mind of the man who laid the foundations for the prosperity that became known as the Celtic Tiger.

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