John Paul Phelan, TD
John Paul Phelan is the Fine Gael spokesperson on Rural and Community Development. He has served as Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government with special responsibility for Local Government and Electoral Reform from June 2017 to June 2020.
He is a TD in the 33rd 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 Gael 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 Éireann 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.