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.


Over 300 consultants required - Burke

The Health Service Executive must prioritise the recruitment of hospital consultants according to Fine Gael Cork North Central Senator and the Party’s Seanad Spokesperson on Health, Colm Burke.

2,840 medical negligence claims may cost €1.159 billion – Burke

“Currently €1.18 million in medical negligence claims is covered by the Medical Protection Society (MPS) and the State pays the remainder. The Government must review this cut off point, to keep the consultants who cannot afford their insurance premiums in this country “, says Fine Gael Cork North Central Senator, Colm Burke.

Safe, secure home care options will reduce overcrowding in hospitals - Burke

Fine Gael Cork North Central Senator and the Party’s Seanad Spokesperson on Health, Colm Burke, published the Health (Professional Home Care) Bill 2014 in December last. The recent difficulties of overcrowding in our hospitals highlights the urgent need for developing and growing professional home care services.

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.