Harvey Bicker

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Harvey Bicker
Councillor, Down District Council
Succeeded by Peter Bowles
Member of the President of Ireland's Council of State (2005-2012)
Personal details
Political party Fianna Fáil (formerly Ulster Unionist Party)
Profession Military Officer

Colonel (Reginald) Harvey Bicker OBE TD is a Northern Irish businessman and Fianna Fáil politician from Spa, County Down, though he is originally from Lisburn.[1] He was a member of the President of Ireland's Council of State from 2005 to 2012.[2] Bicker was formerly a councillor serving on Down District Council as a member of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) from 1997 to 2004.[3] Peter Bowles was co-opted as the UUP's replacement on the Council[4] following his appointment as Chairman of the Mourne National Park Working Party by Angela Smith.[5] He is noted for being the first former Ulster unionist politician to affiliate with an Irish republican party after Fianna Fáil announced their intentions to organise on an All-Ireland basis.[6]

Bicker is a retired colonel in the British Army, having served in the Royal Irish Regiment and Ulster Defence Regiment. He is a member of the Military Heritage of Ireland Trust.[7]


  1. ^ "Shock as UUP man defects to Fianna Fáil". News Letter. 24 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  2. ^ "Seven are appointed to Council of State". Paul Cullen. 2012-01-12. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  3. ^ "Minutes of Meeting of Down District Council". www.downdc.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 2006-09-27. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  4. ^ Down Democrat - 2005/09/30: Top Figures in the frame to replace Gerry
  5. ^ Bicker To Lead New National Park Body
  6. ^ "Former Ulster Unionist councillor defects to FF". The Irish News. 23 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  7. ^ "Military Heritage of Ireland Trust". www.irishsoldiers.com. Retrieved 2008-02-25.