Barry Cowen, Spokesperson on Environment and Local Government

Barry Cowen

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Grand Canal House

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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

€108m Overrun on Water Meters Supports Case for Irish Water Investigation - FF

Fianna Fáil Environment Spokesperson Barry Cowen TD has reacted to emerging news that the cost of installing water meters will be at least €108m more than was estimated by the Department shortly before contracts were signed with the water meter supplier. The information was uncovered by RTÉ’s This Week programme. Read More | Share

Tánaiste’s Prime Time interview insults public’s intelligence - FF

Fianna Fáil Environment spokesperson Barry Cowen TD has outlined a series of misleading claims made by the Tánaiste during a Prime Time interview in which she sought to deflect attention from the fiasco of the Government’s handling of water charges. Read More | Share

Latest Government U-Turns Prove Monumental Mistake of Irish Water – FF

Fianna Fáil has responded to the emerging details of the Government’s water survival strategy. Media briefings have suggested a range of measures aimed at addressing the public’s anger about the farce that the Government have presided over with the creation of Irish Water. These measures are reported to include effectively moth-balling the €500 million metering programme, abandoning plans for additional investment in the water infrastructure and a huge new bureaucratic role for the Department of Social Protection administering a bizarre €180 million ‘cash rebate’ scheme. Read More | Share

Govt Must Pay Heed to Irish Water Protests – Cowen

Suspend water charges until complete review of Irish Water is carried out Read More | Share

Irish Water Runaway Train Must Be Stopped – Cowen

Latest revelations reinforce call for suspension of Water Charges Read More | Share

What did Minister Kelly Speak to Irish Water CEO About? – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Environment, Barry Cowen TD, has called on the Minister for Environment to reveal what was discussed at his meeting with Irish Water CEO John Tierney today Read More | Share

Do Minister’s Comments Reflect Govt Acceptance of Irish Water Bonus Culture

Minister Damien English says bonus system 'fine by him' Read More | Share

Irish Water bonus regime cannot be tolerated – Cowen

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Environment Barry Cowen has called for an urgent response from Environment Minister Alan Kelly following this afternoon's exposure of Irish Water's outrageous bonus scheme and the revelation that top executives at the troubled quango will be eligible for up to 19% bonuses. The revelations came in today's RTÉ's This Week programme. Read More | Share

Govt Must Reconsider its Approach to Management of Irish Water

Farce after farce leading to more and more public anger Read More | Share

How Many Families Will Receive no Water Charges Reliefs - Cowen

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Environment, Barry Cowen TD, has called on the Minister for Environment to outline just how many lower income families will gain nothing from the Irish Water tax reliefs and allowances announced in yesterday’s budget. 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.