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
Need to centralise information in respect of unidentified bodies – Burke
There is a need to centralise information in respect of bodies or parts of bodies which have not been identified, a Fine Gael Senator has said.
Burke’s legislation to help families of missing persons set to be law by the end of the year
Fine Gael Cork North Central Senator, Colm Burke, has outlined how his new legislation will aid the families of missing persons in overcoming the legal difficulties they currently face.
Smooth pathway needed to help Irish migrants return home – Burke
Now that our economy is recovering we need to create a smooth pathway home for Irish migrants who wish to return, a Fine Gael Senator has said.