Peter Barry

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Peter Barry
Tánaiste
In office
20 January 1987 – 10 March 1987
Preceded by Dick Spring
Succeeded by Brian Lenihan
Minister for Foreign Affairs
In office
14 December 1982 – 10 March 1987
Preceded by Gerry Collins
Succeeded by Brian Lenihan
Minister for Transport and Power
In office
14 March 1973 – 2 December 1976
Preceded by Michael O'Kennedy
Succeeded by Tom Fitzpatrick
Minister for Education
In office
2 December 1976 – 25 May 1977
Preceded by Richard Burke
Succeeded by John Wilson
Minister for the Environment
In office
30 June 1981 – 9 March 1982
Preceded by Ray Burke
Succeeded by Ray Burke
Teachta Dála
In office
June 1981 – June 1997
Constituency Cork South–Central
In office
June 1977 – June 1981
Constituency Cork City
In office
June 1969 – June 1977
Constituency Cork City South–East
Personal details
Born (1928-08-10) 10 August 1928 (age 85)
Cork, Ireland
Political party Fine Gael
Spouse(s) Margaret Mullane (d.2013)
Relations Anthony Barry (Father)
Deirdre Clune (Daughter)
Children 6

Peter Barry (born 10 August 1928) is a retired Irish Fine Gael politician and businessman from Cork city. He was a Teachta Dála (TD) from 1969 to 1997, and as Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1982 to 1987 he helped negotiate the Anglo-Irish Agreement and in 1987 he served for a short time as Tánaiste (deputy prime minister).[1]

Family[edit]

Barry was the son of Anthony Barry, a Fine Gael Teachta Dála (TD) and well-known businessman. He was educated in Cork and then became the major shareholder in the family company, Barry's Tea.

Political career[edit]

Peter Barry was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a Fine Gael TD for the Cork City South–East constituency at the 1969 general election. When Fine Gael came to power at the 1973 general election, he was appointed Minister for Transport and Power. In 1976 he became Minister for Education. In 1979, when Garret FitzGerald became leader, Barry was elected deputy leader of the Fine Gael party. From 1981 to March 1982 he served as Minister for the Environment.[2]

From December 1982 to 1987 he was the Minister for Foreign Affairs. In his capacity as Foreign Minister he was heavily involved in the negotiations which resulted in the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement. He also became the first joint chairman of the Anglo-Irish Inter-Governmental Conference which was established by the Irish and British governments. Following the Labour Party's withdrawal from the coalition government in 1987 Barry became Tánaiste for a brief period.

When FitzGerald resigned as Fine Gael leader after 1987 general election Barry was one of three candidates (along with Alan Dukes and John Bruton) who contested the leadership of Fine Gael. Dukes was the eventual victor.

He retired at the 1997 general election and his seat was held for Fine Gael by his daughter, Deirdre Clune.

He receives annual pension payments of €126,000.[3]

Northern Ireland by-elections, 1986[edit]

In 1986 the fifteen Unionist members of the Westminster parliament resigned in protest at the Anglo-Irish Agreement, leading to by-elections. To ensure contests in each constituency, Wesley Robert Williamson changed his name by deed poll to Peter Barry[citation needed] and stood in the four constituencies of North Antrim, South Antrim, East Londonderry and Strangford under the label "For the Anglo-Irish Agreement". Despite not campaigning, he won over 6,000 votes.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr. Peter Barry". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 28 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "Peter Barry". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 28 February 2009. 
  3. ^ Kelly, Fiach (10 November 2011). "Thanks big fellas: Ahern and Cowen get massive pensions". Irish Independent. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
Civic offices
Preceded by
Thomas Pearse Leahy
Lord Mayor of Cork
1970–1971
Succeeded by
Timothy J. O'Sullivan
Political offices
Preceded by
Michael O'Kennedy
Minister for Transport and Power
1973–1976
Succeeded by
Tom Fitzpatrick
Preceded by
Richard Burke
Minister for Education
1976–1977
Succeeded by
John Wilson
Preceded by
Ray Burke
Minister for the Environment
1981–1982
Succeeded by
Ray Burke
Preceded by
Gerry Collins
Minister for Foreign Affairs
1982–1987
Succeeded by
Brian Lenihan
Preceded by
Dick Spring
Tánaiste
1987