(born 1 June 1944) is an Irish Fine Gael
politician and member of Seanad Éireann
since September 1997. He is currently Fine Gael Seanad spokesperson on Arts, Sports and Tourism.
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.
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 Urban District Council
and the Dingle