John Paul lives in the family home at Laharn, Lombardstown. He is the youngest of seven children and son of the late William (Bill) and Margaret O’Shea. He was first elected as a member of Cork County Council in June 2009. He was subsequently re-elected in May 2014, representing the Kanturk/Mallow Municipal District.
He joined Fine Gael in March 2018, saying: “Fine Gael has a proud tradition of public service in Cork and the party is the ideal fit for me to continue the work I do in my community. Becoming part of a large Party which has the country’s prosperity as its number one priority, will allow me to have an increased impact as I continue to represent and deliver for my constituents”
“I strongly believe that communities can achieve so much when they take the lead on a project and work with the relevant authorities in their local community. So much has been achieved in local communities throughout the North Cork area since my election in 2009 and I want to continue to get involved in as many communities as possible over the coming years. I have a very good understanding of how communities can develop and remain vibrant with the proper local amenities and services. My election to Cork County Council has given me a great insight into the current needs of people, both young and old, and the need for a continued, enthusiastic and committed public representative who has a proven record in getting involved in their community and making things happen.”
Cllr. O’Shea works for the Mental Health Services in the Cork Kerry Community Healthcare of the HSE. Outside of politics he is also an active member of a number of community and voluntary boards/groups such as Cork Sports Partnership, Blackwater Therapy Services & Laharn Community Action Group CLG. He is also a member of the Boards of Management in Glantane National School and Colaiste Treasa, Kanturk and a trustee of the Dromahane Community Park Group.