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

‘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

Only 726 NAMA Units Transferred in 2 Years for Social Housing – Cowen

90,000 families remain on Social Housing waiting list Read More | Share

Cowen welcomes Govt u-Turn on sale of ESB Power Plants

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Environment Barry Cowen TD has welcomed the Government U-Turn on the sale of ESB power stations in the Midlands. Read More | Share

Government should support 15 % reduction in property tax – FF

Fianna Fáil Environment Spokesperson Barry Cowen TD has called on the Government to support Fianna Fáil’s campaign to introduce a 15% cut in property tax for homeowners around the country by pledging not to penalise those local authorities which introduce the relief. This would be consistent with Government’s rhetoric in the run-up to the local elections claimed the TD. Read More | Share

Hogan Replacement has Long List of Pressing Issues - Cowen

Labour's performance on housing since 2011 undermines spin of 'new focus' on the crisis. Considerable problems over Irish Water, Local Property Tax and Housing must be addressed with urgency Read More | Share

People who can’t drink their water shouldn’t have to pay for it - FF

Water Service Amendment Bill 2014 provides exemptions from water charges for families under boil water notices and with increased lead levels Read More | Share

Cowen calls for assurances on rural broadband access

Offaly Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen has called for clarity from the Government on the issue of access to broadband in rural areas in the county. Read More | Share

New FF Bill to Reduce Commercial Rates for Sporting Organisations – Cowen

The Dáil will debate a new Bill today which would cut commercial rates for local sports organisations which have a bar on their premises. 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.