Gerald Barry was a talented broadcaster and journalist and I was greatly saddened to hear of his passing following an illness.
Gerald Barry was one of those who first inspired my interest in politics. His interviews were always insightful and informative and he succeeded in drawing the best from his subjects. In making information accessible and his interviews so engaging, Gerald made a very significant contribution to Irish public life.
I was privileged to have been interviewed by Gerald as a TD and as a Minister many times. He was always tough, but always fair.
Gerald Barry was one of the greats in Irish journalism and a master of his craft. His passing is a great loss to RTE and broadcast journalism.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family and his colleagues in RTE. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.