Former Taoiseach John Bruton dies aged 76

Former Taoiseach John Bruton has died aged 76 following a long illness.

In a statement this afternoon, Mr Bruton’s family said: “It is with deep sadness we wish to announce the death of former Taoiseach John Bruton.

“He died peacefully in the Mater Private Hospital in Dublin, surrounded by his loving family, early this morning following a long illness.”