Fine Gael leader John Bruton became Taoiseach on the 15th December 1994

John Bruton was given his seal of office by President Mary Robinson and took the position as 9th holder of the office. At the age of just 47 and with 25 years experience as a TD, he was elected Taoiseach with the support of the Labour Party and the Democratic Left.

From Dáil Éireann TD Nora Owen describes John Bruton's qualities of honesty and integrity. Labour leader Dick Spring and Proinsias De Rossa of the Democratic Left also spoke of their support. 

John Bruton says of his appointment

public office is a privilege that must be paid for in hard work and long hours.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 15 December 1994.

The accompanying image shows Albert Reynolds, John Bruton and Catherine McGuinness at the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation in 1994. The photographer was Tom Holton.