Inherently dignified and loyal, Peter combined firmness with a calm demeanour to become a credit to Fine Gael, to Cork, and to Ireland
The loss of Peter Barry will be felt deeply throughout Ireland, but particularly in the city of Cork to which he devoted a life of public service.
Peter represented all that is best in Cork, its culture, its pride and its intimacy as a city. He knew and was loved and respected by his neighbours in Blackrock.
Just as I never heard Peter Barry say a bad word about another person, I never heard anyone ever say a bad word about him. This was perhaps the key to his success as international diplomat on behalf of Ireland. He won respect without ever needing to command it. The inherent dignity of his personality sufficed to ensure that he always got a fair hearing for his views.