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#barry cowen

# 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.

# barry-cowen - Wednesday 17 September, 2014

Government rejects Cowen's Irish Water charges exemption bill

Cowen had tabled a bill aimed at allowing some people 100% exemption from Irish Water charges.

# barry-cowen - Sunday 10 August, 2014

Fianna Fáil attacks "gold-plated bonus culture" at Irish Water as costs are revealed

The Sunday Business Post reports that costs at the utility are twice that of companies in the UK.

# barry-cowen - Saturday 12 July, 2014

Fianna Fáil is 'seriously considering' banning under-18s from buying spray paint

Barry Cowen raised the issue in the Dáil recently after members of the public suggested the idea.

# barry-cowen - Tuesday 1 July, 2014

Irish Water wants allowance of 38,000 litres per child reduced

However, Enda Kenny has insisted that “every child” will be free.

# barry-cowen - Monday 23 June, 2014

Excessive lead levels in drinking water a 'danger for young children'

It was revealed yesterday that 41 schools, businesses and homes across the country have been found to have excessive levels of lead in the supply because of old pipes.

# barry-cowen - Tuesday 20 May, 2014

Water charges will cost families more than €400 a year - Fianna Fáil

The party has launched a website claiming to give “the real cost of water charges”.

# barry-cowen - Tuesday 13 May, 2014

Hogan: 'See? Investing in water services IS an investment in jobs'

The Environment Minister has welcomed a €1.7 billion investment in Irish Water.

# barry-cowen - Wednesday 16 April, 2014

"FG and Labour have spent months dodging questions": Coalition slammed over water 'farce'

Enda Kenny confirmed the estimated average household payment for water charges this morning, but he said nothing had been signed off on at today’s Cabinet meeting.

# barry-cowen - Wednesday 12 March, 2014

'Time to put flesh on the bones of your policies': Heated exchanges in homeless debate

Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan said it is the government’s “firm ambition” to eliminate longterm homelessness and rough sleeping by 2016. Opposition TDs were having none of it.

# barry-cowen - Sunday 19 January, 2014

Cowen: Kiely had no 'hand, act or part' in running of FF Crc

Cowen: Kiely had no 'hand, act or part' in running of FF

There’s been a raft of media reports detailing the former CRC chief’s links with the party since the start of the payments controversy.

# barry-cowen - Thursday 16 January, 2014

Barry Cowen to Phil Hogan: ‘You misled Dáil’. Hogan: ‘No, you did’.

Cowen has claimed that Hogan “either deliberately lied” or “accidentally gave a gross underestimation” about Irish water costs. The Minister says Cowen was “selective in his quotes”.

# barry-cowen - Wednesday 15 January, 2014

"This government is shrouding itself in secrecy," - Fianna Fáil hit out at Irish Water controversy

The Oireachtas heard a lot more about Irish Water today, with the Dáil and Public Accounts Committee both sitting into the evening.

'You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs': Hogan defends Irish Water spending

The Environment Minister has been called on to resign by Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams today.

# barry-cowen - Tuesday 14 January, 2014

“We’re not getting transparency at Irish Water,” Barry Cowen and Phil Hogan face off on Prime Time

After earlier releasing copies of redacted letters, Barry Cowen got to air his grievances over Irish Water to the Minister for the Environment tonight.

# barry-cowen - Friday 22 November, 2013

Dáil debates bill to deal with 'crisis in Irish towns'

The government has declined to accept a private members’ bill put forward by Fianna Fáil in the Dáil today.

# barry-cowen - Saturday 12 October, 2013

'The most vulnerable people in our society': Dáil hears medical card horror stories

Problems facing some chronically ill people who cannot access discretionary medical cards were raised in the Dáil this week. Here are just some of the stories placed on the Dáil record.

# barry-cowen - Thursday 19 September, 2013

'You were in bed with the banks!': The Dáil has had its first row of the new term

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael clashed in the chamber today.

# barry-cowen - Thursday 20 June, 2013

'This Taoiseach is like the Mayo footballers - he's all about the solo run'

Barry Cowen reckons Enda Kenny’s plan to abolish the Seanad reminds him of the performance of his county’s footballers.

# barry-cowen - Saturday 8 June, 2013

Revealed: At least 6 Fianna Fáil TDs and most senators to oppose abortion bill

With a free vote, at least a dozen TDs and senators from the main opposition party are likely to oppose the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill, according to a survey carried out by TheJournal.ie.

# barry-cowen - Monday 8 April, 2013

Opposition parties attack Labour for 'political posturing' over water charges

An announcement from the Tánaiste that charges will not be implemented next January has drawn criticism from Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin.

# barry-cowen - Thursday 6 December, 2012

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VIDEO: "If my name was Cowen, I'd stay quiet in this debate"

Pat Rabbitte told Barry Cowen his surname meant he should butt out of Dáil debates. He later apologised.

# barry-cowen - Wednesday 19 September, 2012

Hogan admits water charges law will be behind Troika schedule

A European Commission report yesterday said legislation would be tabled in the coming days – but Phil Hogan says it’ll be later this year.

# barry-cowen - Friday 31 August, 2012

Homes of Irish golfer and FF TD in Offaly ransacking

Burglars targeted the homes of former Irish open champion Shane Lowry and Fiana Fail TD Barry Cowen.

# barry-cowen - Thursday 12 July, 2012

Éamon Ó Cuív back in the fold in Fianna Fáil reshuffle

The former deputy leader of the party had resigned in February but is now back on the party’s front bench.

# barry-cowen - Thursday 24 May, 2012

Fiery exchanges in last Dáil debates before Fiscal Compact referendum

One TD is ordered to leave the chamber as Eamon Gilmore and Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin exchange fire during Leaders’ Questions.

# barry-cowen - Friday 24 February, 2012

Government unemployment scheme is 'Pathways to Poverty' says opposition

Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil have both criticised the government’s plan to tackle unemployment.

Barry Cowen: I want to be seen as more than just Brian's brother

The Laois-Offaly TD, one of only three new Fianna Fáil TDs to be elected in last year’s general election, said he would never have ran for the Dáil if Brian Cowen hadn’t stepped down.

# barry-cowen - Friday 6 January, 2012

Opposition cry foul over Revenue pensions 'mess-up'

Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin demand immediate clarification on how 115,000 pensioners were told they may face extra tax.

# barry-cowen - Wednesday 28 December, 2011

The 5 at 5: Wednesday

Today’s 5 at 5: Cowen’s take on social welfare fraud figures, Betfair launches investigation into possible €25 million payout – and Twitter users are unimpressed with the Guardian’s Jedward editorial…

Cowen: 'Strained finances' the cause of rise in social welfare fraud reporting

Figures have shown a huge rise in the number of anonymous tip-offs of suspected social welfare fraud in 2011.

# barry-cowen - Tuesday 12 April, 2011

Martin unveils second FF front bench in ten weeks

Just 71 days after appointing his new shadow cabinet, Micheál Martin changes ranks – with just three TDs retaining briefs.

# barry-cowen - Tuesday 1 March, 2011

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: Full recount ordered in Galway West; Irish banks tap the EU for more emergency funding, and the €288 million yacht being built by an African dictator’s son.