John Paul Phelan was first elected to Kilkenny County Council in 1999 for the Piltown Electoral Area. He was re-elected to Seanad Eireann (Agricultural Panel) in July, 2007. He was Fine Gael' Seanad Spokesperson on Enterprise, Trade and Employment. He is presently the liaison officer between the Parliamentary Party and Young Fine Gael.
Some other facts on John Paul: John Paul plays both rugby and hurling, but prefers hurling (he plays any back position). He is involved in community projects such as neighbourhood watch. He learnt how to play the violin at the age of 10. John Pauls favourite TV programme is Boston Legal. He is an avid reader and his favourite author is Bill Bryson.