Barry Cowen

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This article is about an Irish politician. For other uses, see Barry Cowan (disambiguation).
Barry Cowen
TD
Opposition Spokesperson for Housing,
Planning and Local Government
Assumed office
12 July 2012
Leader Micheál Martin
Preceded by Niall Collins
Opposition Spokesperson for Social Protection
In office
9 March 2011 – 12 July 2012
Leader Micheál Martin
Preceded by Michael Ring
Succeeded by Willie O'Dea
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 2016
Constituency Offaly
Teachta Dála
In office
February 2011 – February 2016
Constituency Laois–Offaly
Personal details
Born (1963-09-02) 2 September 1963 (age 53)
Clara, Offaly, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil
Spouse(s) Mary Cowen
Relations Brian Cowen (brother)
Children 4
Alma mater Athlone Institute of Technology

Barry Cowen is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician and a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Offaly constituency, upon being elected at the 2011 general election. He had previously sat as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Laois-Offaly constituency from 2011 to 2016. [1][2]

He is married with four children and is an auctioneer and valuer.[3] He is the brother of former Taoiseach Brian Cowen. His father Bernard Cowen was also a TD.

Before his election to Dáil Éireann, he was a member of Offaly County Council for the Tullamore electoral area from 1991.[1]

He has served in various Shadow Cabinet roles, Opposition Spokesperson for Social Protection from 2011 to 2012, and Opposition Spokesperson for Housing, Planning and Local Government since July 2012.

He represented Fianna Fáil in talks on government formation in 2016.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Barry Cowen". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Mr. Barry Cowen". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Barry Cowen". Fianna Fáil website. Archived from the original on 24 October 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  4. ^ McGee, Harry (12 March 2016). "Fianna Fáil's negotiating team for government talks revealed". The Irish Times. 

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Oireachtas
Preceded by
Brian Cowen
(Fianna Fáil)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Laois–Offaly
2011–present
Incumbent