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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.

In 2013 he was a speaker at the plenary conference "Sustainable Economic Growth" (May, 1st).