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# barry-cowen - Tuesday 9 May, 2017

Should compulsory purchase orders be used for vacant properties?

Fianna Fail thinks they should.

# barry-cowen - Tuesday 11 April, 2017

€467m on meters, but bitter water war could end up costing a lot more

The water committee is meeting again today to vote on its final report, but there are fears we’re on the brink of an election.

# barry-cowen - Sunday 9 April, 2017

Fianna Fáil may not support new Fine Gael Taoiseach if water charges debacle not resolved

The impasse between the country’s two biggest parties shows no signs of abating.

# barry-cowen - Sunday 26 February, 2017

FactCheck: Are there really 8,500 social housing units currently being built?

Part One of FactCheck’s two-part series on high-profile disputes over social housing, this week.

# barry-cowen - Saturday 25 February, 2017

FactCheck: Did Right2Water this week support charging for excessive water use?

Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen made the claim this week, and the AAA-PBP’s Paul Murphy accused him of “mischief making”. FactCheck steps in.

# barry-cowen - Thursday 15 December, 2016

'New politics my arse' - Gerry Adams is not happy with the rent strategy row

Talks broke up without agreement late last night.

Leaders' Questions: Mary Lou says maybe FF and FG can get a bit of mistletoe and “kiss and make-up”

Leaders' Questions: Mary Lou says maybe FF and FG can get a bit of mistletoe and “kiss and make-up”

The failure of both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to reach an agreement last night leaves renters in the middle of a mess.

Poll: If the Government falls over rents, would you vote the same way again in another election? Fallout This post contains a poll

Poll: If the Government falls over rents, would you vote the same way again in another election?

This morning the barely six-month-old government is facing a major crisis over Fianna Fáil’s objections to its rental plans.

# barry-cowen - Monday 7 November, 2016

Poll: Are you in favour of water services remaining in public ownership? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Are you in favour of water services remaining in public ownership?

A bill is coming before the Dáil calling for a referendum on the ownership of Ireland’s water services.

'There's a real chance of a referendum on the ownership of water, but we need FF to back it'

The bill, supported by 39 TDs, calls for a referendum on the ownership of Ireland’s water services.

# barry-cowen - Monday 17 October, 2016

Buyers are snapping up new homes in the town once dubbed Ireland's first ghost town

The first phase of a 177 new home development in Adamstown was launched this weekend.

# barry-cowen - Monday 25 July, 2016

Ireland's local authorities are over €4 billion in debt

Minister Simon Coveney says he doesn’t believe that any of the loans are unsustainable.

# barry-cowen - Monday 11 July, 2016

'Unacceptable' - Ireland's 2,751 vacant social housing units

Local authority figures released to Fianna Fáil show that, as of April, there were 372 vacant housing units in Dublin City alone.

# barry-cowen - Tuesday 5 July, 2016

Multiple calls for head of water charges commission to step down over "ill-judged" comments

In a media interview Joe O’Toole expressed his support for the charges.

# barry-cowen - Thursday 2 June, 2016

European Commission confirms its view that we are no longer exempt from water charges

The “Irish exemption” ended when we introduced water charges, the European Commission has told TheJournal.ie.

# barry-cowen - Tuesday 31 May, 2016

Is Ireland set to go to war with the European Commission over water charges?

The Commission today issued a statement apparently saying that Ireland is no longer exempt from water charges.

# barry-cowen - Tuesday 24 May, 2016

Fianna Fáil TD says people should pay water bills, before calling the whole thing a 'sorry mess'

A Sinn Féin motion calling for the charges to be scrapped will be debated in the Dáil today.

# barry-cowen - Tuesday 16 February, 2016

FactCheck: The truth and the lies from TV3′s Deputy Leaders’ Debate

TheJournal.ie’s GE16 FactCheck has sifted through the claims made by Kelly, McDonald, Reilly and Cowen.

# barry-cowen - Monday 15 February, 2016

Barry Cowen says he wants to lead Fianna Fáil

But he added that Micheál Martin is pitching himself as an alternative Taoiseach.

# barry-cowen - Thursday 28 January, 2016

Alan Kelly was canvassing last night while the Dáil debated homelessness

The Labour deputy leader, who has described the issue as his number one priority, was seeking votes in Roscrea.

# barry-cowen - Tuesday 5 January, 2016

# barry-cowen - Wednesday 16 December, 2015

Alan Kelly told to ‘come clean’ about meeting with company which won €3.6m State contracts

Kelly met with two representatives from the company, but says he did not know they would be there.

# barry-cowen - Monday 7 September, 2015

The housing crisis may be much worse than we thought

Figures released by Fianna Fáil show the social housing waiting list stands at 130,000 and not the 89,000 the government claims.

# barry-cowen - Thursday 20 August, 2015

‘Every time Alan Kelly picks up the phone to a journalist, the Irish Water policy changes’

The government – and particularly Alan Kelly – are getting hammered over the latest controversy.

# barry-cowen - Sunday 28 June, 2015

Fianna Fáil doesn’t want to repeal the 8th Amendment

Micheál Martin didn’t respond to our survey, while others had an identical reply.

# barry-cowen - Monday 1 June, 2015

‘Whatever questions are put to Brian he won’t be found wanting’ Brothers In Arms This post contains videos

‘Whatever questions are put to Brian he won’t be found wanting’

We asked Barry Cowen about his brother’s appearance before the banking inquiry next month.

# barry-cowen - Saturday 30 May, 2015

What’s the Fianna Fáil alternative to Irish Water and water charges? Water You Going To Do? This post contains videos

What’s the Fianna Fáil alternative to Irish Water and water charges?

We asked the party’s environment spokesperson Barry Cowen to outline his policy this week.

# barry-cowen - Wednesday 27 May, 2015

‘It did not happen’: Barry Cowen insists Averil Power wasn’t laughed at

The Fianna Fáil TD gave his version of events to TheJournal.ie today.

# barry-cowen - Sunday 26 April, 2015

8 things we learned at the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis

As expected, there’s been new policies … and more in-fighting.

# barry-cowen - Sunday 22 March, 2015

Government spin ‘now seeping into the civil service’

Reports today reveal Department officials said housing figures had been spun.

# barry-cowen - Sunday 1 February, 2015

‘The temper of protest is changing’ – Pat Rabbitte critical of ‘thuggish’ protesters

The former minister says such protesters are in the minority.

# barry-cowen - Monday 26 January, 2015

One thousand water meters are being installed every day (but progress has slowed down)

Minister Alan Kelly says there’s now 2,000 fewer being installed per month compared to late last year.

# barry-cowen - Thursday 15 January, 2015

Joan Burton thinks concerns about water meters are ‘a total ball of smoke’

There was a lot of finger-wagging and eye-rolling at Leaders’ Questions today.

# barry-cowen - Saturday 29 November, 2014

Here’s a breakdown of how many people get rent supplement – county by county

The number of recipients has dropped by 15,000 since 2012.

# barry-cowen - Sunday 23 November, 2014

Cost of water meters underestimated by €107 million

RTÉ’s This Week programme says the guide price provided to Government was way off.

We’ll be aiming to collect “over 90%” of Irish Water charges – John Tierney

TDs on The Week in Politics also debate the Government’s security.

# barry-cowen - Thursday 20 November, 2014

‘I was concerned if the car doors opened what would happen next’ – Joan Burton

The Tánaiste and Mary Lou McDonald had another argument today, but this one didn’t lead to a four-hour sit-in.

# barry-cowen - Thursday 23 October, 2014

Joan Burton: I’m delighted people are filming Irish Water protests

The Tánaiste has again moved to clarify her comments about Irish Water protesters with expensive phones and cameras.

# barry-cowen - Tuesday 30 September, 2014

Minister’s driver resigns from Irish Water

It emerged today that Paudie Coffey has hired an Irish Water board member as his personal driver.

Here’s how much it would cost to put 500 more gardaí on the beat

The cost of recruiting between 100 and 500 extra gardaí has been outlined by Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald.

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