Peter Burke, TD
Peter Burke is the Minister of State with responsibility for EU Affairs & Defence. He served as Minister of State with responsibility for Local Government and Planning on July 2nd, 2020 to December 21st, 2022. Peter is a TD representing Longford-Westmeath. He first joined Fine Gael and was elected to Westmeath County Council and Mullingar Town Council in June 2009. He was elected to the 32nd Dáil in February 2016.
Peter represents a new generation of public representatives eager to work for their community and country and to ensure honesty and integrity in politics.
Born in Mullingar, and having lived there all his life, Peter knows the challenges and opportunities facing people in Westmeath.
Educated at St Mary’s CBS primary and secondary school in Mullingar, Peter graduated with a degree in Commerce from NUI Galway in 2004.
Subsequently, he joined Stephens Cooke & Co Chartered Accountants & Registered Auditors in Mullingar and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He is 10 years in practice.
These roles have provided him with a knowledge and understanding of issues affecting families and communities He is a hardworking and dedicated public representative.
According to Peter, “I am proud to represent a party which encourages change, equality and empowerment of those who genuinely want to make a difference within their local communities.”
News & Statements
Sinn Féin have objected to or voted against almost 12,000 Dublin homes since 2018 - Burke
Sinn Féin’s hypocritical approach to the supply of homes is laid bare today as the party objected to, voted against, or attempted to hinder at least 11,687 homes from being built in the capital since 2018, Fine Gael Minister Peter Burke has said.19th March 2023
High time for Mary Lou McDonald & Pearse Doherty to explain party accounts - Burke
Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald and the party’s national treasurer Pearse Doherty must offer clear explanations on the latest set of revelations concerning their party accounts and declarations, a Fine Gael Minister has said.18th February 2023
New SIPO documents highlight ‘difficulties’ with ‘incorrect’ Sinn Féin amended poll expenses return - Burke
New documents from the country’s election spending watchdog show they queried “difficulties” in the returns Sinn Féin was forced to make after failing to declare €7,000 on a UK commissioned opinion poll.21st January 2023
Sinn Féin forced to change election spending returns by media – Burke
A Sinn Féin commissioned General Election poll costing €7,000 was excluded from their SIPO returns for almost two years until a reporter contacted them about it, Fine Gael Minister Peter Burke has said.19th January 2023
Hypocritical Sinn Féin need to explain amended General Election returns - Burke
Mary Lou McDonald and Sinn Féin need to explain why they amended their 2020 General Election SIPO returns two years later, a Fine Gael Minister has said.17th January 2023
New Bill will completely reform our planning system - Burke
The new and updated Planning and Development Bill will bring about critical reform to our planning system, enabling us to deliver housing and infrastructure at a quicker pace, a Fine Gael Minister of State has said.13th December 2022
Right to build your own home in Rural Ireland to be protected – Burke
New guidelines on rural housing are set for public consultation before Christmas.18th November 2022
Cost of Living supports not possible under Sinn Féin - Burke
Energy credits and a double child benefit payment to assist with the cost of living would not have been possible if Sinn Féin’s energy price caps or Summer mini budget had been implemented, a Fine Gael Minister has said.4th November 2022
Sinn Féin would wreck the economy if given the chance - Burke
Sinn Féin is a high-tax, anti-jobs party and would wreck the economy if given the chance, a Fine Gael Minister has said.23rd September 2022