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.


Hope for people who are alcohol dependent - Burke

Fine Gael Cork North Central Senator, Colm Burke, has welcomed the news that a new drug, Selincro Nalmefene, is to be made available here to treat alcohol dependency.

Burke introduces necessary professional home care bill

Fine Gael Cork North Central Senator and the Party’s Seanad Spokesperson on Health, Colm Burke, has today (Tuesday) published the Health (Professional Home Care) Bill 2014, saying this new legislation is designed to provide regulation in the area of professional home care.

Secure funding and increased accountability for Section 38 & 39 organisations - Burke

Fine Gael Cork North Central Senator, Colm Burke, has welcomed provisions in the new HSE service plan for increased accountability for Section 38 and 39 organisations.

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.