Colm Burke

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Colm Burke
Colm Burke 2015.jpg
Assumed office
24 April 2011
Constituency Industrial and Commercial Panel
Member of the European Parliament
In office
19 June 2007 – June 2009
Constituency South
Personal details
Born (1957-01-17) 17 January 1957 (age 60)
Cork, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fine Gael
Spouse(s) Mary McCaffrey
Alma mater University College Cork
Profession Solicitor

Colm Burke (born 17 January 1957) is an Irish Fine Gael politician and member of Seanad Éireann.[1]

He was a member of the European Parliament for the South constituency in Ireland between 2007 and 2009.[2] He was appointed in June 2007 following the re-election of the outgoing MEP Simon Coveney to Dáil Éireann. Following the abolition of the dual mandate, Coveney opted to remain in national politics and resigned from the European Parliament. Burke subsequently sat as a Fine Gael and European People's Party MEP. He served on various European Parliament committees including Committee on Foreign Affairs, Internal Market & Consumer Protection (Substitute), Committee on Fisheries (Substitute Member) and Subcommittee on Human Rights (Substitute Member). Burke lost his seat at the 2009 European Parliament election, with Fine Gael party colleague Seán Kelly taking a seat instead.[3]

Burke was a member of Cork City Council from 1999 to 2007 and served as Lord Mayor of Cork in the 2003–04 term. He was elected to Seanad Éireann in April 2011 and is the Fine Gael Seanad spokesperson on Health.


  1. ^ "Mr. Colm Burke". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Colm Burke". Retrieved 12 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "FG's Sean Kelly takes second seat in Ireland South". Irish Independent. 8 June 2009. Retrieved 8 June 2009. 

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Civic offices
Preceded by
John Kelleher
Lord Mayor of Cork
Succeeded by
Seán Martin
European Parliament
Preceded by
Simon Coveney
Member of the European Parliament for South
Succeeded by
Seán Kelly