As prime minister of Ireland (Taoiseach) from 1994 to 1997, John Bruton helped transform the Irish economy into the "Celtic Tiger," one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. In the year before he took office, the Irish economy grew by 2.7%. During his tenure as prime minister, the Irish economy grew at an average rate of 8.7% a year, peaking at 11.1% in 1997. Mr. Bruton was also deeply involved in the Northern Irish Peace Process leading to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, under whose terms a conflict of allegiances dating back to the 17th century was resolved. In 1996, Mr.