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.

Victims of medical negligence must be compensated in good time - Burke

Fine Gael Cork North Central Senator, Colm Burke, outlined the importance of periodic payment orders (PPOs) in the context of medical negligence cases, for families who need financial support to care for their loved ones who have been victims of medical negligence. Senator Burke was speaking after he raised the issue in the Seanad on Wednesday.

New office for rare diseases being established - Burke

Fine Gael Cork North Central Senator, Colm Burke, has welcomed the news that a National Office for Rare Disease is currently being established in the HSE.

Safeguarding the family home should be a political priority- Burke

“Safeguarding the family home should be a political priority”, says Fine Gael Cork North Central Senator, Colm Burke.

Up to 25% of Emergency Department visit charges left unpaid – Burke

Fine Gael Senator for Cork North Central and the Party’s Seanad spokesperson on Health, has criticised figures from the HSE which confirm that as much as 25% of Emergency Department visits charges have been left unpaid and uncollected.

Nursing homes can be represented on emergency taskforce for hospital overcrowding - Burke

Fine Gael Cork North Central Senator and the Party’s Seanad Spokesperson on Health, Colm Burke, has today (Wednesday) welcomed confirmation from Junior Minister at the Department of Health, Kathleen Lynch TD, that private nursing homes can to be represented on the emergency taskforce for hospital overcrowding. Senator Burke was speaking after he tabled a debate on the matter in the Seanad.