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Taoiseach pays tribute to former Fine Gael junior minister Dick Barry

The former publican and auctioneer from Fermoy, Co Cork was first elected to the Dáil in 1953.

Fine Gael Ard Fheis 1977
Fine Gael Ard Fheis 1977
Image: Oisín Ó Dubhláin via YouTube

DICK BARRY, A former Fine Gael junior minister, has died aged 93.

The former politician, publican and auctioneer from Fermoy, Co Cork was first elected to the Dáil in 1953 following a by-election after the death of Labour Party TD, Seán Keane.

He was appointed as the parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Health from March 1973 to May 1977 and retired at the 1981 general election.

Barry had the unusual distinction of serving in the Dáil for the same constituency of Cork North East alongside his daughter Myra from 1979 to 1981- the only time a parent and child have been represented in the same constituency in the same Dáil.

In a statement, the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny said: “Dick Barry served his constituency and country with great integrity and decency”.

“On a personal level, Dick Barry was a close friend of my late father and I will remember him with great affection,” added the Taoiseach.

Mr Kenny also extended his condolences to his wife Margaret and children Pat, Eleanor, Myra and Michael.

Read: Former ‘Independent Fianna Fáil’ TD Harry Blaney dies at 85>

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