Paul is a member of the Independent “Community Alliance” on South Dublin, consisting of seven Independents and one Green.
This group forms part of a wider majority “Progressive Alliance” with Sinn Féin and Labour on the Council, enabling it to set the agenda on agreed policy areas such as tackling homelessness and housing crisis, enhancing communities and protecting our environment. He works particularly closely with Cllrs Guss O’Connell and Liona O’Toole in Lucan/Palmerstown and Cllr Francis Timmons in Clondalkin.
Having seen the success of the Community Alliance at local level, Paul also met with Independent TDs, Senators and Councillors from around the country who are interested in the possibilities for real political reform offered by an alliance of Independents working together on an agreed platform. He is contesting this general election as part of the “Independent Alliance”.
Paul was first elected to the Council from 1999 to 2002, to the Dáil from 2002-2011 and was re-elected back onto South Dublin County Council in 2014. He is a founder member of the Independent Community Alliance along with local colleagues Liona O’Toole and Guss O’Connell.
Paul is married to local woman Heidi Mahon and they have three children aged 9, 6 and 3. His formative years were spent in Palmerstown and Lucan (where he still resides). He went to local schools and studied Journalism at DIT, working in this area for many years.
Paul is a great lover of music, writing and sport. All these areas featured prominently after he exited politics temporarily in 2011. He used his journalistic and political skills to promote Ireland as an entrepreneurial society through the “Think Ireland Inc” project. He took part in the GAA programme “Celebrity Bainisteoir”, reaching the final with his Oughterard team. Paul also participated in a number of charity events, including ICA Bootcamp (raising €5,000 for suicide and self harm prevention centre Pieta House www.pieta.ie).
In 2013 he released a music album and several singles under the name “His Sweet Surprise”. This included the songs “Know You All My Life” which went to No.1 on the 7Digital charts and the anti-drugs song “Molly Is A Liar”. Paul plans another album in the future, but says that this will have to be done around his political commitments. His other personal interests include playing football, reading a wide variety of books and watching TV serials.