John Paul Phelan was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government with special responsibility for Local Government and Electoral Reform on 20 June 2017.
He is a TD in the 32nd Dáil and was a member of many Oireachtas Committees, including: Budgetary Oversight (Chair); Petitions; and Budgetary Scrutiny (Chair).
John Paul entered local politics in 1999 and served two terms in the Seanad before being elected a TD in 2011 as the leading Fine Vote getter in Carlow-Kilkenny
The business graduate is a barrister and was honored to have served as a member of the banking inquiry.
Deputy Phelan lives in Ferrybank in South Kilkenny and comes from a farming background. He has worked tirelessly in Dáil Eireann and in the community to support rural enterprise and fight for jobs for Kilkenny and the wider South-East region. He is acutely aware of the key role the industry plays in the local and national economy.
News & Statements
Failure to correct Dáil record shows Lisa Chambers does not respect integrity of voting system – Phelan
Deputy Lisa Chambers has shown a blatant disregard for the integrity and importance of the Dáil voting system, a Fine Gael Minister of State has said.
Nine year campaign to recognise and protect hurling and camogie globally ends in success – Minister Phelan
Hurling fanatic and Junior Minister, John Paul Phelan, TD, is delighted that a campaign he began almost a decade ago to give hurling and camogie coveted world status has finally borne fruit.
UPC’s decision to axe post office payment option causing concern – Phelan
“UPC’s decision to axe its payments system through the post office network nation-wide is causing distress for some of its rural customers and the company needs to show some leeway in the transition period”, according to Fine Gael Carlow Kilkenny TD, John Paul Phelan.