Former Fine Gael junior minister Dick Barry has died aged 93.

Mr Barry was first elected to the Dáil for Cork East in a by-election in June 1953, and was returned at every subsequent election until his retirement from politics in 1981.

He was parliamentary secretary (junior minister) to the Minster for Health in the 1973-77 coalition government.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said Mr Barry had served the country with "great integrity and decency".

Mr Kenny said: "On a personal level, Dick Barry was a close friend of my late father and I will remember him with great affection."