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European Union ambassador to United States will speak at BYU Jan. 24

His Excellency John Bruton

The European Union ambassador to the United States will offer a David M. Kennedy Center lecture at Brigham Young University in the Assembly Hall of the Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 3 p.m. Admission is free and the public is welcome.

His Excellency John Bruton became European Union ambassador to the United States on Dec. 9, 2004, after serving as an Irish prime minister from 1994-97. As prime minister he helped change the Irish economy into one of the fastest growing economies in Europe—known as the “Celtic Tiger.”

Bruton helped bring about the Northern Irish Peace Process that led to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement and as prime minister helped finalize the Stability and Growth Pact that looks over the management of the euro, the single European currency.

As a leading member of the caucus, Bruton participated in drafting the first-ever European Constitution. In 1969, at age 22, Bruton was elected as a member of the Fine Gael Party. He later became party leader in 1990 and led it to victory in 1994. Bruton also has experience as Ireland’s minister of finance; minister of industry and energy; and minister of trade, commerce and tourism.

Before studying to become a barrister he received his bachelor’s degree from University College Dublin.

This lecture will be archived online. For more information on the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies, see the calendar online at

For more information, contact Wade Jacoby at (801) 422-1711.

Writer: David Luker


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