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Tributes paid to deal maker and ex-tanaiste Peter Barry

By Brian Hutton

The Republic's former tanaiste Peter Barry was a man of integrity and principle who was devoted to his wife and his family, his funeral has heard.

Mr Barry, who was a wealthy businessman as well as a shrewd political deal maker credited with a key role in Anglo-Irish relations during the Troubles, died on Friday aged 88.

Mr Barry's late wife Margaret was the love of his life, their son Tony said at his father's requiem Mass in St Michael's Church in Blackrock, Cork.

Fr Kieran Twomey told mourners that Mr Barry, who helped build the Barrys Tea brand into a household name, was a man "respected by all because God blessed him with special gifts".

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