John Bruton became Taoiseach in 1994 at the head of a coalition Government which helped transform the Irish economy. In the year before he took office (1993) the Irish economy grew by 2.7%. During his time as Taoiseach (1994-1997), the Irish economy grew at an annual average rate of 8.7%, peaking at 11.1% in 1997. John Bruton was also deeply involved in the Northern Irish Peace Process leading to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.
John Bruton served as Ambassador of the European Union to the United States from 2004-2009 and was Chairman of IFSC, a private-sector body set up to develop the financial services industry in Ireland from 2010 to 2015.
He is the Chairman of the Ireland for Law Implementation Group established by the Government of Ireland in 2019.