Paul Coghlan is the Leas-Chathaoirleach of the Seanad. He is in involved in a number of Oireachtas Committees, including: EU Affairs; Selection — Seanad; and Public Consultation — Seanad. He previously served in Seanad Éireann (Industrial and Commercial Panel), having been reelected in April 2011.

He was a member of Kerry County Council, Killarney UDC, Kerry VEC, and Dingle Harbour Commissioners. Paul is a member and former President of Killarney Chamber of Commerce. He was a founding director of Radio Kerry and is a trustee and former Chairman of Muckross House.

He is a member of the Institute of Bankers in Ireland, the Life Insurance Association and the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers.