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 and served on various EP committees.

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 may community organisations, including Foroige, 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).


State should provide structured contracts to help keep medical graduates in Ireland – Burke

Fine Gael Cork Senator Colm Burke has today (Saturday) proposed a major reform to our medical education system here in a bid to encourage more newly qualified doctors to remain in Ireland after graduation. Senator Burke was speaking at the Intern Conference at UCC.

High insurance costs could lead to flight of private consultants - Burke

Fine Gael Cork Senator, Colm Burke, has warned that high insurance costs could lead to private hospital consultants leaving Ireland. Senator Burke raised the issue during an adjournment debate in the Seanad with the Minister for Health, James Reilly TD, this week.

Plain packaging of cigarettes is a progressive move in the fight against smoking - Burke

Fine Gael Cork North Central Senator, and member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health Colm Burke, has welcomed the publication of the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2014 this week, which will introduce plain packaging for tobacco products.

HSE needs to better manage absenteeism – Burke

Fine Gael Cork North Central Senator, Colm Burke, has called on the HSE to examine the reasons for the levels of absenteeism in the health service. Senator Burke was speaking after it was confirmed that the rate of absenteeism reduced by only 0.06% between 2012 and 2013, information furnished to him by the HSE following a question he raised at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health.

Acute hospitals must prioritise staff training in caring for dementia patients

Fine Gael Cork North Central Senator and the Party’s Seanad Spokesperson on Health, Colm Burke, today (Tuesday) expressed concern at the worrying gap in services for dementia patients in Irish hospitals. Senator Burke was speaking following the publication of the first national audit of dementia care services in acute hospitals carried out by researchers at UCC.