Senator Colm BurkeSeanad Spokesperson on Health

Colm Burke was elected to Seanad Eireann on the Industrial and Commerical Panel in April 2011.  He is the Fine Gael Seanad Spokesman on Health.

Colm was a member of the European Parliament for the Ireland South constituency between 2007 and 2009.

He was a member of Cork City Council from 1995-2007 and was Lord Mayor of Cork in 2003-2004.

Colm is a native of Dripsey in Mid Cork, educated in De La Salle College Macroom and University College Cork, qualifying as a solicitor in 1982.

He has been involved in many community organisations, including Foroige and Macra na Feirme, served as Chairman of Blackpool Community Centre and Blackpool/Glen/Farranree Training Centre.   He has also served as a Director of the Port of Cork, Cork Urban Enterprises Ltd, the National Sculpture Factory and Cork City Urban Ltd. He was a member of the National Executive of Young Fine Gael (1978-1982), serving as National Chairperson (1980-1981). He also served on the Fine Gael National Executive (1981-1982).

Senator Burke has been involved in the publishing of two private members bills; the Civil Law (Missing Persons) Bill 2013 and the Medical Practitioners (Amendment) Bill 2012. The Medical Practitioners (Amendment) Bill 2014 has since been published by the Minister for Health.


IT advances can ensure the safety of people with dementia - Burke

Fine Gael Cork North Central Senator, Colm Burke, has renewed his call for Ireland’s main health agencies to collaborate with the IT sector to develop a system by which vulnerable people with mild memory loss and patients with dementia, could be easily located in the event they go missing.

HSE must publish all consultant vacancies - Burke

Fine Gael Cork North Central Senator and the Party’s Seanad Spokesperson on Health, Colm Burke, has today (Sunday) called on the HSE to disclose a full list of all current hospital consultant vacancies.

HSE must maintain high level of respite care – Burke

Fine Gael Cork North Central Senator, Colm Burke, has today (Thursday), called on the HSE to maintain the high numbers of people receiving respite care. Senator Burke was speaking after the release of HSE figures showing that 6,208 people benefitted from residential centre based respite services last year.

Audit of maternity facilities required - Burke

Fine Gael Cork North Central Senator and the Party’s Seanad Spokesperson on Health, Colm Burke, has today (Thursday) called on the HSE to review all small maternity units across the country, on view of the evidence given by Dr Peter Boylan, former master of the National Maternity Hospital, at the inquest into the death of Ms Dhara Kivlehan.

Senator Burke welcomes Service Dogs of Ireland Seminar to Cork

Fine Gael Senator for Cork North Central, Senator Colm Burke has called for a renewed focus on the provision of service dogs in Ireland ahead the Service Dogs of Ireland Seminar which will be held in the Corrin Event Centre, Fermoy, Co. Cork, next month. Senator Burke was speaking today at the press launch of the conference.