Peter Barry

Peter Barry

Infobox Politician
name = Peter Barry

birth_date = Birth date and age|1928|8|10|df=y
birth_place = Cork, Ireland
death_date =
death_place =
office = Tánaiste
term_start = 20 January 1987
term_end = 10 March 1987
predecessor = Dick Spring
successor = Brian Lenihan, Snr
office2 = Minister for Foreign Affairs
term_start2 = 14 December 1982
term_end2 = 10 March 1987
predecessor2 = Gerard Collins
successor2 = Brian Lenihan, Snr
office3 = Teachta Dála for Cork City and then Cork South Central
term_start3 = 1969
term_end3 = 1997
party = Fine Gael

Peter Barry ( _ga. Peadar de Barra; 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).


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

Peter Barry was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a Fine Gael TD at the 1969 general election. When Fine Gael came to power at the 1973 election, he was appointed Minister for Transport and Power. In 1976 he became Minister for Education. In 1979, when Dr 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.

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.

Northern Ireland by-elections, 1986

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 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.



ee also

*Families in the Oireachtas

title=Peter Barry

NAME= Barry, Peter
SHORT DESCRIPTION= Minister for Foreign Affairs
DATE OF BIRTH= 1928-8-10
PLACE OF BIRTH= Cork, Ireland

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