Minister John Paul Phelan,

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 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.

The business graduate is a barrister and was a member of the banking inquiry.

Deputy Phelan lives in Ferrybank in South Kilkenny and comes from a farming background.