|Dublin City Councillor|
20 June 1985
|Constituency||North Inner City|
|Sinn Féin (to 2009)|
In the early 80s he became involved in local politics. He was involved in anti-illegal drug activism in Dublin, particular in Concerned Parents Against Drugs, and criticised the Garda Síochána for their treatment of anti-illegal drug activists. He was first elected to Dublin City Council in 1985.
In 1996 he was awarded ₤7,500 for distress caused by false statements after a member of the Special Branch had warned Burke he was in danger of being assassinated.
He was involved in peace talks in the 1990s and supported the ceasefires.
After winning a seat in the 2009 local election, he left the party 3 days after winning the seat as a Sinn Féin candidate, leading to criticism by Aengus Ó Snodaigh that Sinn Féin had promoted him in the campaign as its longest serving councillor.
In 2010, the Sunday World newspaper was forced by the High Court to apologise to Burke for a 2007 (pre-general election) article by crime reporter Paul Williams which falsely accused him of involvement with the IRA.
He ran for the Dáil seven times in Dublin Central without being elected.
- Burke quits Sinn Féin, Patrick Logue, The Irish Times, 9 June 2009
- Yates, Padraig (1985). "Chapter 14". Smack: The Ciminal Drugs Racket in Ireland. Gill and Macmillan. p. 233.
- Adams urges alliance on drugs, Mark Brennock, The Irish Times, 18 October 1996
- Pushers Out: The Inside Story of Dublin's Anti-drugs Movement, André Lyder, p.32
- Councillor Christy Burke's Profile, dublin.ie
- Much respected councillor a rare Sinn Fein beast, Ciaran Byrne, Irish Independent
- Burke awarded £7,500 in action against former detective garda, The Irish Times, 11 November 1996
- Sunday World apologises to councillor. RTÉ. 9 November 2010.