About Paul Coghlan

Paul Coghlan

About Paul Coghlan

Date of birth:

1 Jun 1944


25th Seanad (2016 - )


Fine Gael


Industrial and Commercial Panel

Senator Paul Coghlan was elected as the Leas-Chathaoirleach of Seanad Eireann on 15 June 2016. He was first elected to Seanad Eireann in 1997 on the industrial and commercial panel, and re-elected in 2002, 2007, 2011 and 2016.

His spokesmanships have included Arts, Heritage and Tourism, Enterprise, Trade and Employment, and Defence. Between 2011 and 2016, Senator Coghlan served as Government Chief Whip in the Seanad and was a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance. From Killarney, Co. Kerry, he is a former President of Killarney Chamber of Commerce and Junior Chamber. He was a founding director of Radio Kerry and is a trustee and former chairman of the Trustees of Muckross House. The Leas-Chathaoirleach was a member of Killarney Town Council from 1985 to 1999 and served two terms as mayor. He was also a member of Kerry County Council from 1991-1999 and the Dingle Harbour Commissioners.

He is a member of the British–Irish Parliamentary Assembly, the North–South Parliamentary Association and the Joint Committee on European Affairs. Senator Coghlan was chairman of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly Committee which published a report on “Cross-Border Police Cooperation and Illicit Trade”. 

Paul and his wife, Peggy, have 2 sons and 3 daughters. Prior to entering politics Paul was an estate agent, auctioneer and businessman. He is a member of the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers and the Institute of Banking in Ireland, and holds an LIB.