Barry Cowen, Spokesperson on Environment and Local Government

Barry Cowen

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Grand Canal House

William St


Co. Offaly

Tel: 057 9321976
Fax: 057 9321910

Email: barry.cowen@oireachtas.ie


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Personal Details

Barry is married to Mary and has four children Gemma, Lorcan, Eoin, and Aoibhe. He works as an auctioneer and valuer.

Local News

€39 Million to Get Rid of Water Staff Latest Example of Irish Water Madness

Fianna Fáil Environment Spokesperson Barry Cowen TD has responded to news this morning that Irish Water is to be given another €39 million by the Government in order to get rid of 1,100 staff currently working on the delivery of services across the country. Read More | Share

Govt plans on water charges descend into political farce – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Environment Barry Cowen has accused the Government of playing political games over water charges at the expense of households across the country. Read More | Share

Water standing charge makes mockery of ‘free allowance’ – FF

Fianna Fáil has accused Irish Water of making a mockery of the concept of a free water allowance by seeking a €100 standing charge from every household before they even use any water. Read More | Share

Govt intent on hiding extent of water charges until after local elections – FF

Fianna Fáil has criticised the Government for prioritising political gain over the welfare of households by refusing to clarify the exact amount of water charges just six weeks ahead of the local and European elections. Questioning the Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin in the Dáil today, Deputy Cowen said the operations of Irish Water are still shrouded in secrecy. He said it’s unacceptable that households remain in the dark about the extent of the water charges they will face from October. Read More | Share

Concerns not fully addressed in HSE responses to Cowen questions on Midland Regional Hospital

Offaly Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen has been informed that the Health Service Executive is creating seven permanent nursing posts at the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore. It follows a series of calls Deputy Cowen put down to the Minister for Health James Reilly. Read More | Share

Speech of Barry Cowen TD, FF Motion of No Confidence in Justice Minister Alan Shatter

This is not the sort of motion one necessarily enjoys having to speak on. We realise that on many occasions confidence motions have been used purely for political advantage and opportunity. Given the current arithmetic of the Dáil, a person would be forgiven for questioning our motives. However, it is necessary to remind ourselves of the commentary of many Members on the opposite side of the House prior to and on assuming office. The Taoiseach said Ministers would be measured by performance and results, there would be report card systems in place and those who failed to live up to expectations would be replaced. There would be a new politics. There would be reform in the House akin to a democratic revolution. The people would be kept in the loop, not out of it. Read More | Share

Cowen tackles Health Minister on crisis in ambulance service

Offaly Deputy Barry Cowen has questioned the Minister for Health James Reilly in the Dáil about the deepening crisis in the ambulance service, which he claims is threatening patient safety across the Midlands. Read More | Share

Hogan continues to hide detail on water charges ahead of local elections – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Environment and Local Government Barry Cowen has called on Minister Phil Hogan to publish the Government’s submission to the Energy Regulator on water charges. Read More | Share

Time for Irish Water to step up as EPA reveals widespread pollution - FF

Fianna Fáil has expressed serious concerns about revelations of widespread water pollution as Irish Water prioritises spending on consultants, management layers and glossy advertising campaigns. Read More | Share

Irish Water attempt at Oireachtas ‘consultation’ is much too little too late

Irish Water’s attempts to offer Oireachtas members an avenue for queries is much too little too late, according to Fianna Fáil’s Environment Spokesperson Barry Cowen. Deputy Cowen explained, “Irish Water has now decided to provide an email address for Oireachtas members to send in their queries. Read More | Share

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Political Record

Appointed Frontbench Spokesperson on Environment and Local Government, July 2012

Appointed Frontbench Spokesperson on Social Protection, March 2011

Member of Offaly Co. Co. 1991 - 2011

Chairman of Offaly Co. Co. 2000 - 2001

Member of Offaly VEC

Chairperson of Offaly VEC 2002 - 2003

Member of Co. Offaly Enterprise Board

Member of the Board of Management of Ard Scoil Chiráin, Clara

Member of G.A.A.