|Dublin City Councillor|
|Assumed office |
20 June 1985
|Constituency||North Inner City|
|Lord Mayor of Dublin|
June 2014 – June 2015
|Preceded by||Oisín Quinn|
|Succeeded by||Críona Ní Dhálaigh|
|Political party||Independent |
Sinn Féin (to 2009)
In the early 1980s he became involved in local politics. He was involved in anti-illegal drug trade activism in Dublin, particularly with Concerned Parents Against Drugs, and criticised the Garda Síochána for their treatment of his fellow activists. He was first elected to Dublin City Council in 1985.
After winning a seat for Sinn Féin in the 2009 Irish local elections, he left the party three days later, leading to criticism from 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 May 2007 article by crime reporter Paul Williams, published during the campaigning period for that year's general election, that falsely accused him of involvement with the IRA.
- Burke quits Sinn Féin, Patrick Logue, The Irish Times, 9 June 2009
- Yates, Padraig (1985). "Chapter 14". Smack: The Criminal 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 Archived 26 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine., 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.
| Lord Mayor of Dublin
Críona Ní Dhálaigh