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.

Major reforms required to reduce the number of medical negligence claims– Burke

Fine Gael Cork North Central Senator and the Party’s Seanad Spokesperson on Health, Colm Burke, has said that major reforms are required to reduce the number of medical negligence claims as 2,840 claims are currently pending. Senator Burke was speaking today (Wednesday) following the launch of the report on the cost of medical indemnity insurance by the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children.

Kidney donors should apply for reimbursement of expenses and lost earnings - Burke

Fine Gael Cork North Central Senator, Colm Burke, has said that kidney donors should apply for the compensation scheme set up late last year, to reimburse them for their expenses and loss of earnings.

Burke welcomes opening of National Rare Disease Office

Fine Gael Cork North Central Senator and the party's Seanad Spokesperson on Health, Colm Burke, has welcomed the news that the National Office for Rare Disease was officially opened today (Thursday). The office was opened by the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, and the office will remain in the Mater Hospital until the new National Children's Hospital is built.

Cork City Council needs to stand to account on Housing Adaptation Grants Crisis – Burke

Cork North Central Senator for Fine Gael and the party’s Seanad Spokesperson for Health, Colm Burke, has today (Thursday) stated that Cork City Council needs to take responsibility for and act on the current situation regarding Housing Adaptation Grants for those with disabilities in Cork.

Burke welcomes ongoing discussions on inclusion of Fampyra as part of the Drug Payment Scheme- Burke

Fine Gael Senator for Cork North Central and the party’s Spokesperson for Health in the Seanad, has today welcomed ongoing discussion between the HSE’s Corporate Pharmaceutical Unit and the manufacturer of Fampridine (brand name Fampyra) about its inclusion on the Drug Payment Scheme. Senator Burke was speaking after he raised a Commencement Motion on the matter in the Seanad with Minister Kathleen Lynch.