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Former Taoiseach John Bruton passed away at the age of 76 after a long illness.

The family of Mr. Bruton released the following statement:

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

""He was a good husband, a good father and a true patriot.

"We will miss him greatly.

"John is survived by his wife, Finola, son Matthew and daughters; Juliana, Emily and Mary-Elizabeth, grandchildren, sons-in-law, his brother, Richard and sister, Mary, nieces, nephews, many cousins and extended family."