John Paul Phelan is Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government with special responsibility for Local Government and Electoral Reform. He is a TD in the 32nd Dáil and is a member of a number of 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 FG vote-getter in Carlow/Kilkenny.
The 38 year-old was Director of Elections for Ireland South for Fine Gael in the 2014 European Elections, where the party won two seats. The business graduate recently qualified as a barrister and is honoured to have served as a member of the banking inquiry.
Deputy Phelan lives in Ferrybank in South Kilkenny and has worked tirelessly in Dáil Eireann and in the community to support rural enterprise, to fight for jobs for Kilkenny and the wider South East region.
Deputy Phelan comes from a farming background and is therefore acutely aware of the key role the industry plays in the local and national economy.
The outspoken TD has lost many close friends to emigration, and continues to work towards providing jobs and a future for returning emigrants who long to come home and raise a family in Ireland.
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.