Barry Cowen

This article is about an Irish politician. For other uses, see Barry Cowan (disambiguation).
Barry Cowen
Opposition Spokesperson for Housing,
Planning and Local Government
Assumed office
July 2012
Leader Micheál Martin
Preceded by Niall Collins
Opposition Spokesperson for Social Protection
In office
March 2011  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
Clara, Offaly, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil
Spouse(s) Mary Cowen
Children 4
Alma mater Athlone Institute of Technology

Barry Cowen is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician.[1] He was elected as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Laois–Offaly constituency at the 2011 general election, and for Offaly at the 2016 election.[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.[2]

He was the Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Social Protection from April 2011 to July 2012. In July 2012, he was appointed as party spokesperson on Environment and Local Government.

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

See also


  1. "Mr. Barry Cowen". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  2. 1 2 "Barry Cowen". Retrieved 1 March 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.

External links

Preceded by
Brian Cowen
(Fianna Fáil)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Laois–Offaly
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