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

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

Families forced into emergency accommodation as Govt drags its heels on homeless policy – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Environment Barry Cowen TD says the Government is allowing the homelessness crisis slip back down the agenda as new figures reveal than more than 370 families, including 803 children were being housed in emergency accommodation last month. Despite setting up a special forum on homelessness before Christmas, the Government has failed to take adequate action to deal with a situation which is seeing hundreds of families in Dublin and across the country left without a home. Read More | Share

Minster Admits Govt Subvention to Irish Water is Greater than Previously Known – FF

Under questioning from Fianna Fáil Environment Spokesperson Barry Cowen TD, the Environment Minister Alan Kelly has admitted that the cost of ongoing subvention of Irish Water from the Local Government Fund is higher than previously known. In the Dáil earlier today, the Minister admitted that ongoing delays in transferring assets to the quango did cost local authorities an additional €47 Million for 2014. Read More | Share

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

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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.