Barry Cowen, Spokesperson on Environment and Local Government

Barry Cowen

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Grand Canal House

William St


Co. Offaly

Tel: 057 9321976
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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

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

Committee Fiasco Raises Serious Questions about Capacity of Water Regulator – FF

Irish Water continues to play games with taxpayers’ money Read More | Share

Cowen calls on Govt to confirm if ‘First Fix Free’ will apply to lead piping

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Councils need detail on how Local Property Tax Rates can be amended - Cowen

Hogan must publish guidelines before summer break so Councils can seek to reduce LPT rate Read More | Share

Cowen slams nursing home waiting lists in Midlands

Offaly Deputy Barry Cowen has raised concerns about escalating waiting lists in the Midlands for long term nursing care under the Fair Deal Scheme. Read More | Share

FF reiterates demand to include Irish Water under Ombudsman’s remit

Fianna Fáil has again called on the Government to include Irish Water under the remit of the Ombudsman Office, after the Ombudsman today raised concerns about the absence of any independent complaints procedure for water customers. 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.