Paul Coghlan

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Paul Coghlan
Senator Paul Coghlan.PNG
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 (age 73)
Killarney, Kerry, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fine Gael
Spouse(s) Peggy Coghlan (m. 1986)
Children 2
Alma mater University College Cork
Website Official website

Paul Coghlan (born 1 June 1944) is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has served as Leas-Chathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann since June 2016 and a Senator for the Industrial and Commercial Panel since September 1997.[1][2]

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.[3]

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. 
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  3. ^ "Paul Coghlan". Retrieved 19 February 2008. 

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