Ireland’s former taoiseach John Bruton has been laid to relaxation at a state funeral in his hometown of Dunboyne, County Meath.
Mr Bruton, who served as taoiseach from 1994 to 1997, died peacefully in hospital on the age of 76 on Tuesday.
His funeral was attended by politicians previous and current, with present Taoiseach Leo Varadkar amongst those that arrived at Saints Peter and Paul’s Church on Saturday morning.
Irish President Michael D Higgins was additionally current to pay his respects, as had been Northern Ireland’s newly-installed first minister Michelle O’Neill and her deputy, Emma Little-Pengelly.
They joined Mr Bruton’s spouse, Finola, his kids – Matthew, Juliana, Emily and Mary-Elizabeth – his brother, former minister Richard Bruton, and his grandchildren on the funeral.
Other political figures in attendance included Bertie Ahern and Enda Kenny, who each as soon as served as taoiseach, and Irish Labour Party chief Ivana Bacik.
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In the homily, Father Bruce Bradley described Mr Bruton as “an exceptionally good man”.
He stated: “John was honest and honourable, patient and persevering, courageous and committed, ‘willing to lead even when it meant going against the grain’, as the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said, humble and unassuming, a man of integrity and truth.”
After the service, Mr Bruton’s coffin – draped within the Irish flag – was carried out of the church to the burial.
Mr Bruton’s household was at his facet when he died following a interval of lengthy sickness.
As taoiseach, he was instrumental in working with the then British prime minister Sir John Major to launch the Anglo-Irish Framework Document in 1995, which proposed new relations between Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK.
Sir John led tributes to Mr Bruton following his loss of life and labelled him a “brave and talented” chief who “contributed mightily to the early days of the peace process”.