Peter Barry

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For other people named Peter Barry, see Peter Barry (disambiguation).
Peter Barry
Tánaiste
In office
20 January 1987 – 10 March 1987
Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald
Preceded by Dick Spring
Succeeded by Brian Lenihan
Deputy Leader of the Fine Gael Party
In office
14 January 1991 – 5 February 1993
Leader John Bruton
Preceded by John Bruton
Succeeded by Nora Owen
In office
14 September 1977 – 26 March 1987
Leader Garret FitzGerald
Preceded by Tom O'Higgins
Succeeded by John Bruton
Minister for Foreign Affairs
In office
14 December 1982 – 10 March 1987
Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald
Preceded by Gerry Collins
Succeeded by Brian Lenihan
Minister for the Environment
In office
30 June 1981 – 9 March 1982
Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald
Preceded by Ray Burke
Succeeded by Ray Burke
Minister for Education
In office
2 December 1976 – 25 May 1977
Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave
Preceded by Richard Burke
Succeeded by John Wilson
Minister for Transport and Power
In office
14 March 1973 – 2 December 1976
Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave
Preceded by Michael O'Kennedy
Succeeded by Tom Fitzpatrick
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
Blackrock, Cork, Ireland
Died 26 August 2016(2016-08-26) (aged 88)
Curraheen, Cork, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fine Gael
Spouse(s) Margaret Mullane (d. 2013)[citation needed]
Relations Anthony Barry (father)
Children 6, including Deirdre Clune
Alma mater University College Cork

Peter Barry (10 August 1928 – 26 August 2016) was an Irish Fine Gael politician and businessman from Cork. 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. In 1987 he served for a short time as Tánaiste (deputy prime minister).[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Barry was born in Blackrock, Cork, 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]

He was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a Fine Gael TD for the Cork City South-East constituency at the 1969 general election. He would go on to win a Dáil seat at eight successive further general elections, changing constituency to Cork City in 1977 and Cork South-Central in 1981. 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, after Garret FitzGerald had became leader of Fine Gael, Barry was elected deputy leader. From June 1981 to March 1982 he served as Minister for the Environment.[2]

From December 1982 to 1987 he was Minister for Foreign Affairs. In this capacity 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, established under the Agreement 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 the 1987 general election, Barry was one of three candidates (along with Alan Dukes and John Bruton) who contested the party leadership. Dukes was the eventual victor.

He retired at the 1997 general election, at which his seat was held for Fine Gael by his daughter Deirdre Clune. She later served as a member of Seanad Éireann representing the Cultural and Educational Panel, but resigned in 2014 on being elected as a Member of the European Parliament for Ireland South.

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. 
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