Fine Gael leader John Bruton becomes Taoiseach.

John Bruton has been a TD for twenty five years and has previously held four ministerial positions. Today aged 47, he received his seal of office from President Mary Robinson at Áras an Uachtaráin. 

He was elected Taoiseach by 85 votes to 74 with the support of the Labour and the Democratic Left. Bertie Ahern was defeated by 94 votes to 67. 

Fine Gael's Nora Owen proposed John Bruton for the position saying,

John Bruton's outstanding qualities of honesty, integrity. His idealism and patriotism in putting forward innovative ideas have formed a common thread in all assessments of John Bruton.

The nomination was supported by Labour party leader Dick Spring and Proinsias de Rossa of the Democratic Left.  While not nominating him, Progressive Democrat leader Mary Harney, wished Mr Bruton well in his new role.

John Bruton addressed the Dáíl on the privilege of being elected to the high office of Taoiseach. 

Good government is a public service and it should be kept simple.

Fianna Fáil leader Bertie Ahern congratulated John Bruton on being the first Taoiseach from Meath. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 15 December 1994. The reporter is Una Claffey.