Paul is Chairman of Vulcan Consulting Ltd. and serves the company also as Special Adviser.

Paul was a long-serving member of both the Upper and Lower Houses of the Irish Parliament (Senate and Dáil). Throughout his political career, Paul specialised in Agriculture and Fisheries policy, as well as the Northern Ireland peace process. Paul represented the coastal community of East Cork both at national level, and at local county council level. Paul served as Chairman of the British Irish Inter-parliamentary group in the run up to the signing of the historic Good Friday Agreement and was a prominent member of the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation.

Paul also represented the Irish Parliament on the Council of Europe. He was Opposition Chief Whip for the Fine Gael party under the leadership of Michael Noonan, the recently retired Irish Finance minister. Paul served as Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, and was a member of the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture and the Marine. Paul is very well networked and respected across all political parties on the island of Ireland – North and South.