Noel was first elected to the in 2007. He was appointed Deputy Spokesperson for Agriculture with Special Responsibility for CAP Reform, October 2010. He previously served as Deputy Spokesperson on Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, with Special Responsibility for Telecommunications, from October, 07. He was elected to Seanad Éireann (Cultural and Educational Panel) in July 2002. He was Fine Gael's Spokesperson on Agriculture and Food in the Upper House. Noel is Chairperson of the Northern European Group which includes Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland and Noel is dedicated towards developing relations between these countries.
Some other facts on Noel: He has a dog called Vicky, derived from Victory as he got her on the 25th of May, the day he was elected to the Dáil. Noel is a GAA fan and regularly attends Tipperary hurling matches. He is a keen horseracing fan, Punchestown is his favourite race meet and he attends Cheltenham every year. He was also involved in the On Your Side, Fine Gale syndicate. Noel is president of the Collins 22 Society.