Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed condolences with the family of former deputy leader of Fine Gael, Peter Barry, and father of MEP Deirdre Clune, who passed away in Cork today.
'It is with very deep regret that I confirm the death of former Tánaiste, Minister and Deputy Leader of Fine Gael, Peter Barry who passed away peacefully in Cork this morning surrounded by his family,' he said.
'Throughout his long and distinguished political career, Peter gave outstanding service to his country and to his native city. In particular, his central and pivotal role in negotiating the Anglo Irish Agreement in 1985 helped to create the foundations on which the peace process in Northern Ireland was built. In the coming days we will reflect on and salute Peter Barry's extraordinary legacy, but today, our thoughts and prayers are with his beloved family at the loss of their father.'