Paul Coghlan

For the Australian judge, see Paul Coghlan (judge).
Paul Coghlan
Leas-Chathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann
Assumed office
15 June 2016
Cathaoirleach Denis O'Donovan
Preceded by Denis O'Donovan
Assumed office
20 September 1997
Constituency Industrial and Commercial Panel
Personal details
Born (1944-06-01) 1 June 1944
Killarney, Kerry, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fine Gael
Spouse(s) Peggy Coghlan
Alma mater University College Cork

Paul Coghlan (born 1 June 1944) is an Irish Fine Gael politician and member of Seanad Éireann since September 1997.[1] He is the Fine Gael Seanad spokesperson on Defence, and Government Chief Whip in the Seanad.

Coghlan unsuccessfully contested the 1992 general election in the Kerry South, constituency. He then stood on the Agricultural Panel in the election to the 20th Seanad, but did not win a seat.[2]

In 1997 he was elected to the 21st Seanad by the Industrial and Commercial Panel, and re-elected in 2002 to the 22nd Seanad, where he was Fine Gael spokesperson on Enterprise, Trade and Employment. He was re-elected in 2007 to the 23rd Seanad, again by the Industrial and Commercial Panel.

Born in Killarney and still resident in Kerry, he 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 also a member of the Institute of Bankers in Ireland, the Life Assurance Association and the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers.

Coghlan was previously a member of Kerry County Council, Killarney Town Council and the Dingle Harbour Commissioners.

Coghlan is a member of the British–Irish Parliamentary Assembly and a member of the committee on the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.


  1. "Mr. Paul Coghlan". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
  2. "Paul Coghlan". Retrieved 19 February 2008.
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