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Barry Cowen, Spokesperson on Environment and Local Government

Barry Cowen

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Constituency

Laois-Offaly

Contact

Grand Canal House

William St

Tullamore

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

Govt scrambles to announce jobs initiative as two-tier recovery takes hold - Cowen

Fianna Fáil TD for Offaly Barry Cowen has said the Government is now scrambling to put in place a jobs initiative for the Midlands after realising that it has abandoned the region over the last four years. Deputy Cowen called for an honest and frank debate surrounding the jobs initiative to ensure economic activity is stimulated across the Midlands. Read More | Share

Govt needs to do more to allow older citizens live in their own home - FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Environment and Local Government Barry Cowen TD says the Government needs to do more to facilitate older people in remaining in their own homes. Deputy Cowen made the comments following the launch of ALONE’s ‘Home First Campaign 2015’. Read More | Share

Government heads in the sand on property tax bombshell

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Environment and Local Government Barry Cowen TD has reiterated Fianna Fáil calls for the revaluation of properties to be suspended until at least 2020 and criticised the Government for continuing to ignore the property tax bombshell that is in store for many thousands of families. Read More | Share

Cowen calls for changes to the Beef Genomics Scheme

Fianna Fáil TD for Offaly Barry Cowen has called on the Government to make major changes to the Beef Genomics Programme in order to make it fit for purpose. Read More | Share

Housing crisis escalates as Govt wrings hands - Cowen

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Environment and Local Government Barry Cowen TD has accused the Government of indecision and inaction as the housing crisis escalates across Ireland. Read More | Share

Irish Water officials contradict Minister Kelly over comments made on lead pipes in homes - Cowen

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Environment and Local Government Barry Cowen TD has pointed out that senior Irish Water officials have contradicted Minister for Environment Alan Kelly over comments he made regarding the number of homeowners estimated to be at risk of contamination as a result of lead pipes in their homes. Read More | Share

Govt culture of concealment shows contempt for democracy

Fianna Fáil Environment Spokesperson Barry Cowen has accused the Government of treating the public and the Oireachtas with contempt with an ever deepening culture of concealment. Deputy Cowen was responding to the latest attempts to conceal the activities of Government Super Quango Irish Water. Read More | Share

Irish Water farce continues as homeowners forced to pay for fixing pipes - Cowen

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on the Environment and Local Government Barry Cowen TD has condemned the Government for rowing back on a key commitment to fix water pipes free of charge in homes across the country under Irish Water’s ‘First Fix’ policy. Read More | Share

Decisive action needed to secure future of Bord na Móna - Cowen

Fianna Fáil TD for Offaly Barry Cowen says decisive action is needed to secure the future of Bord na Móna. Deputy Cowen made the comments following the appearance of Bord na Móna executives before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport and Communications. Read More | Share

Latest housing plan must finally be backed up by real action – FF

Fianna Fáil has raised concerns that the latest housing plan announced by the Government is just a rehash of plans launched in November, which have still not resulted in one single new home. 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.