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Barry Cowen, Spokesperson on Environment and Local Government

Barry Cowen

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Laois-Offaly

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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

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

Govt needs to take notice of distrust and frustration at Irish Water debacle – Cowen

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Environment Barry Cowen has said the Government is failing to listen to the genuine concerns and frustrations among the public about the creation of Irish Water and the imposition of water charges next year. Read More | Share

Government’s Irish Water policy shambles continues – Cowen

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on the Environment Barry Cowen has said that the government’s mishandling of the water policy continues to be a complete shambles. Commenting on the fact that the new Water Services Bill 2014 was taken away from TDs post boxes by the government this morning, Deputy Cowen stated that this continues to be a complete “omnishambles” by the government. Read More | Share

Fianna Fáil endorses Archbishop’s call for emergency public summit on homelessness

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Environment Barry Cowen has welcomed the comments of the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin who has called for a public summit on the homelessness crisis following the death of a man close to the Dáil. Read More | Share

Tragic death on the footsteps of Leinster House a sharp reminder of plight of homeless – Cowen

Responding to the tragic death of a homeless man on Molesworth Street across the road from Leinster House Fianna Fáil Environment Spokesperson Barry Cowen commented that “I want to express my sympathy on the passing of a homeless man this morning outside Leinster House. Dying on the streets is not a dignified and proper way for anyone to pass away. Happening in the shadow of the national parliament it is a sharp reminder of the scale of the problem we face as a country. 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.