Colm Burke was elected as a TD for Cork North Central. He was previously a Senator in the 25th Seanad serving on the Industrial and Commercial Panel, and he sserved as 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
New Munster Technological University (MTU) will secure the future of higher education in the South West - Burke
The new Munster Technological University will secure the future of higher education in the South West, a Fine Gael TD has said.
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.