Barry Cowen, Spokesperson on Environment and Local Government

Barry Cowen

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Grand Canal House

William St


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

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

Cowen calls on Bord na Móna executives to appear before Oireachtas Committee

Fianna Fáil TD for Offaly Barry Cowen has called on the chairman of Bord na Móna to appear before the Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources to brief members on the ongoing cost cutting exercise at the company. Read More | Share

Relocation of Clara company highlights need for new investment - Cowen

Fianna Fáil TD for Offaly Barry Cowen has expressed his disappointment following the news that The Flat Bread Company, originally based in Clara, has decided to relocate outside of the town with the loss of over 30 jobs. Read More | Share

Closure of Tullamore pharmaceutical company a setback for Offaly - Cowen

Fianna Fáil TD for Offaly Barry Cowen has called on the Government to do more to ensure the IDA attracts investment into Offaly and the wider Midlands Region. The Offaly TD made the comments as Reliance Gene Medix, a pharmaceutical company based in Tullamore, announced that it is to cease operations later this year. Read More | Share

Government must outline strategic plan for Bord na Móna - Cowen

Fianna Fáil TD for Offaly Barry Cowen has called on the Government to outline its strategic plan for the development of Bord na Móna over the coming years. The Offaly TD has called for the introduction of a support mechanism to support the growth of the biomass industry in order to create new opportunities for Bord na Móna. Read More | Share

Cowen Selected as FF General Election Candidate for Offaly

Fianna Fáil’s General Election preparations took another step forward tonight as Barry Cowen TD was selected as the party’s candidate for Offaly. Read More | Share

FF slams Kelly dismissal of latest secrecy scandal at Irish Water

Fianna Fáil has slammed the disgraceful attempts by Environment Minister Alan Kelly to dismiss the Government’s failure to keep records of crucial meetings involving the establishment of Irish Water. Read More | Share

Minister must explain over-inflated housing strategy – Cowen

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Environment Barry Cowen TD has hit out at Minister Alan Kelly for knowingly overstating the number of homes the Government plans to build under its housing strategy. Emails between the Departments of Environment and Finance admit that the Government has been “spinning” the figures. Read More | Share

Taxpayers forking out for Irish Water ads, not improved services – FF

Fianna Fáil Environment Spokesperson Barry Cowen TD has hit out at Irish Water for spending hundreds of thousands of euro on an advertising campaign to tell people what they already know. In the latest splurge of taxpayers’ money, the super quango has forked out €650,000 to run ads over the next eight weeks. 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.