Colm Burke, TD
Colm Burke is the Fine Gael spokesperson for Health. He was elected as a TD for Cork North Central in 2020. He was previously a Senator (2011-2020) and was elected on the Industrial and Commercial Panel.
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).
Colm was 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 state agency needed to deal with missing persons - Burke
Fine Gael TD Colm Burke has called for the establishment of a new state agency to deal with missing persons.24th May 2023
Over 1 million prescriptions for codeine issued through public drug schemes – Burke
The number of prescriptions issued for codeine containing medicines has jumped by more than 22% since 2012 to over 1 million prescriptions issued last year, according to a Fine Gael TD.1st May 2023
Clarity needed on timeframe for rollout of new model of endometriosis care – Burke
Clarity needed on timeframe for rollout of new model of endometriosis care – Burke23rd April 2023
No in-patient public hospital charges from today – Burke
From today, people accessing care as a public patient in a public hospital will not be required to pay any charges, a Fine Gael TD has said.17th April 2023
Further support needed for young carers in Ireland – Burke
Additional support is required for young carers in Ireland, an area which can be underreported and overlooked, according to Fine Gael’s health spokesperson.24th March 2023
Central Bank should insist on a fairer deal for savers – Burke
The Central Bank should ensure that Irish banks pass on savings as a result of higher interests to their consumers, according to a Fine Gael TD.16th March 2023
Neurorehabilitation Teams required in all 9 HSE regions – Colm Burke TD
Neurorehabilitation Teams are required in every area of the country to provide the necessary care and support to those with neurological conditions according to Fine Gael’s Health Spokesperson, Colm Burke TD.12th March 2023
Nursing Homes Ireland survey shows HSE must work with nursing homes to improve discharge rates – Burke
Questions need to be answered by the HSE management as to why there was not in place a rapid discharge strategy for each of the HSE hospitals across the country, according a to Fine Gael TD.11th January 2023
National Healthcare Forum should be created to help tackle health service challenges – Burke
A National Healthcare Forum made of public and private stakeholders should be established to tackle current and future health service challenges, according to Fine Gael TD Colm Burke.8th January 2023
Engagement must start now on establishing criteria for individuals availing of free IVF – Burke
Engagement must begin now in establishing eligibility criteria for publicly funded IVF treatment ahead of the roll-out of some services later this year, according to Fine Gael TD Colm Burke.8th January 2023