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
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.
Phelan encourages farmers to attend Kilkenny CAP information meeting
Fine Gael Carlow Kilkenny TD, John Paul Phelan, has encouraged local farmers to attend a meeting on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) taking place in Kilkenny on Friday, 13th March 2015. The meeting forms part of a series of 14 regional information meetings in relation to CAP implementation.
Increased support for new business in all regions central to growing jobs market - Phelan
“The economic recovery is underway but more needs to be done to grow jobs in all regions and to support new business; this is the key goal of this year’s Action Plan for Jobs”, says John Paul Phelan, Fine Gael TD for Carlow/Kilkenny.