Senator Paul CoghlanGovernment Chief Whip and Seanad Spokesperson on Defence

Paul Coghlan was re-elected to Seanad Éireann (Industrial and Commercial Panel) in April 2011.

He was a member of Kerry County Council, Killarney UDC, Kerry VEC, and Dingle Harbour Commissioners. Paul is a member and former President of Killarney Chamber of Commerce. He was a founding director of Radio Kerry and is a trustee and former Chairman of Muckross House.

He is a member of the Institute of Bankers in Ireland, the Life Insurance Association and the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers.


Increased risk of online gambling due to National Lottery interruptions - Coghlan

Fine Gael Senator for Kerry and Government Chief Whip in the Seanad, Paul Coghlan, speaking in the Seanad today, has highlighted the increased risk of online gambling as a result of recent interruptions to the National Lottery services.

Allegations that cross border crime is being ignored do not give credit to north/south relations - Coghlan

“Allegations that authorities on both sides of the border are turning a blind eye to fuel laundering and cigarette smuggling are simply untrue and do not give credit to the excellent relationship between police forces on both sides of the border”, says Paul Coghlan, Government Chief Whip in the Seanad.

Public consultation on potential of tax measures to develop zoned land - Coghlan

“The Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, has launched a public consultation on the potential of tax measures to encourage the development of zoned and serviced land. I would encourage the public to get involved and to contribute to this process”, says Paul Coghlan, Kerry Senator and Government Chief Whip in the Seanad.

Coghlan appeals to An Taisce to withdraw request for judicial review on N86

“Like all reasonable people, I am saddened and disturbed at what is happening regarding the upgrade of the N86 Tralee to Dingle road, one of the most important tourist routes in the country, and I would appeal to An Taisce to withdraw its request for a judicial review in order to allow this much needed development to go ahead”, says Paul Coghlan, Government Chief Whip in the Seanad and Fine Gael Senator for Kerry.

Coghlan warns against increased civil service secrecy once new lobbying legislation is enacted

Fine Gael Senator and Government Chief Whip in the Seanad, Senator Paul Coghlan has expressed concerns that the new legislation to reform lobbying in Ireland may lead to a new culture of secrecy within the civil service. Senator Coghlan expressed his concerns to Minister Howlin following the recent debate on the Registration of Lobbying Bill in Seanad Eireann.