Barry Cowen, Spokesperson on Environment and Local Government

Barry Cowen

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Grand Canal House

William St


Co. Offaly

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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

Regulator Confirms that Public landed with full bill for Private Consultants - FF

No explanation offered for massive reduction in free allowances. Families who can’t drink the water still hit with €140 bills - Read More | Share

Government utterly out of touch on Crime – FF

Fianna Fáil Deputy Barry Cowen has expressed his dismay following the performance of Tánaiste Joan Burton in the Dáil today. The Tánaiste was responding to questions from Deputy Cowen in Dáil Éireann on the rates of violent crime in the country. Read More | Share

Cowen Renews Call for Clarity Over Water Charge Exemptions

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Environment, Barry Cowen TD, has called on the Minister for Environment to immediately clarify which medical conditions will qualify people for discounts on Irish Water Charges. Read More | Share

Cowen Calls on Government to Cut Through the Fudge on Undrinkable Water

Solution is Simple – FG should support FF Bill in Dáil Éireann Read More | Share

FF Water Charges Bill exempts contaminated supplies from charges

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Environment Barry Cowen wants to see households with contaminated water supplies exempted from water charges. His Water Service Amendment Bill 2014 will be debated during Private Members Business in the Dáil tomorrow. It contains a dispensation from water charges for homes with unsafe water supplies. Read More | Share

Taoiseach has serious questions to answer over multi-million euro Irish Water consultancy costs – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Environment and Local Government Barry Cowen has said the Taoiseach cannot duck important questions surrounding the establishment of Irish Water. Read More | Share

Public ‘hoodwinked’ by Govt over LPT – Cowen

Vast majority of councils won’t be better off following introduction of LPT Read More | Share

‘Outlandish’ Irish Water Running Costs Confirmed - Cowen

Irish Water to cost twice that of UK counterparts due to bonus-driven culture and lack of scrutiny Read More | Share

Cowen Calls for CER to Appear Before Committee To Explain Water Charges

Answers needed on reduction in allowances for children. Special sitting of meeting needed as consultation period on water charges to finish at end of August Read More | Share

Govt Dishonesty Over Water Charges Exposed Again – Cowen

Lack of scrutiny deeply worrying. Public cynicism over Irish Water Super-Quango deepens 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.