Co-opted in 2007 and subsequently elected in 2009 and 2014, John is married to Mairead and they have two children. He is a member of IRD Duhallow and a member of Killarney Drugs Liaison Committee, the Killarney National Parks and Leisure Committee and a member of Tralee Road Residence Committee. He is also committed to Killarney Tidy Towns Association and the Environmental Protection Agency. John has served in the South Kerry Partnership and the HSE health Executive forum, the VEC committee and he is also a member of the Legion GAA Club Killarney. Always working for the betterment of the local area, John is very much an all rounder and prioritises health, education and improved infrastructure in the electoral area. A dedicated and committed councillor, he intends to be there to help local people in any manner he can going forward.
John was elected as Mayor of Kerry County Council for 2017-18.