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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

Fianna Fáil sets out response to growing crisis in Irish towns

Fianna Fáil is publishing a plan today which sets out comprehensive measures that can be implemented to help restore economic activity and job creation in towns across Ireland. The party has engaged in detailed consultation on ‘Streets Ahead: Fighting for the Future of Irish Towns,’ and we believe it recognises the importance of towns in underpinning economic growth, community development and sustainable job creation. Read More | Share

Irish Water bonus culture cannot be tolerated – Cowen

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Environment and Local Government Barry Cowen TD has called on the Environment Minister Alan Kelly to urgently respond to today's revelations regarding the growing bonus culture at Irish Water. Deputy Cowen made the comments following reports that staff at Irish Water and its parent company Ervia can earn an extra bonus payment of up to 3% of their salary on top of individual performance-related payments. Read More | Share

Local tax revenues boosting Irish Water income – Cowen

Fianna Fáil Environment Spokesperson Barry Cowen TD has accused the Government of trying to pull the wool over the public’s eyes by diverting funds from motor tax and property tax to pay for a subvention for Irish Water. More than €861m in motor tax revenue will be handed over to the bloated utility company over a three year period as part of a subvention package agreed by the Government. Read More | Share

Govt incompetence fuels confusion as water deadline looms - Cowen

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Environment Barry Cowen TD says the Government has further confused the issue surrounding the Irish Water registration deadline. Irish Water was forced to issue a clarification after Labour Senator Lorraine Higgins claimed that people would be penalised for not registering before the midnight deadline. Read More | Share

Fresh revelations highlight litany of blunders in Government’s water strategy – Cowen

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Environment Barry Cowen has said new detail released to the party under Freedom of Information shows there was little planning and thought put into the implementation of the Water Conservation Grant. Read More | Share

Dáil to debate housing affordability and lack of supply – Cowen

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Environment and Local Government Barry Cowen has called on the Government to take a series of steps to correct serious imbalances in the housing sector. Read More | Share

Draft EU Commission Report Confirms Govt’s Irish Water Fiasco

Fianna Fáil Environment Spokesperson Barry Cowen TD has responded to the emergence of a draft EU Commission report on the establishment of Irish Water. Read More | Share

Ervia Spin Can’t Hide Basic Facts - FF

Fianna Fáil Environment Spokesperson Barry Cowen TD has responded to reports this morning confirming that less is being spent on the water infrastructure in the country now than was consistently spent over the course of the decade before FG and Labour established Irish Water. Read More | Share

Dáil debate on water charges requires full detail on costs – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Environment Barry Cowen has called on the Government to present detailed and specific figures on the costs associated with the administration of water charges. Deputy Cowen said the Government is engaged in a “sham debate in the Dáil over water charges because information on costs is still not know or are being kept secret.” Read More | Share

Row over PPS numbers further evidence of Irish Water arrogance - Cowen

Fianna Fáil Environment spokesperson Barry Cowen has responded to revelations in this morning's media about the extraordinary interactions between Irish Water and the Department of Social Protection when Irish Water sought to force the handover of personal details from the Department, including PPS numbers. 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.