Colm Burke is a Senator in the 25th Seanad serving on the Industrial and Commercial Panel. 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.
News & Statements
Fianna Fáil’s drugs proposals come from a former Minister who took no action - Burke
Fianna Fáil’s drugs proposals are worthless as they come from a TD who did little to tackle the drugs scourge when he was Drugs Minister, a Fine Gael Senator has said.
Burke’s missing persons legislation will come into operation this Friday
Minister for Justice & Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, signed the Commencement Order to bring the Civil Law (Presumption of Death) Act 2019 into operation from Friday, 1st of November 2019.
Burke’s missing persons bill receives Cabinet approval
Senator Colm Burke has said that Cabinet approval of his missing persons Bill is welcome, and will help the families of people who are missing.