He was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1918 general election as a Sinn Féin Teachta Dála for Tipperary Mid. He supported the Anglo-Irish Treaty in 1921 and went on to become a founder-member of Cumann na nGaedheal and later Fine Gael. Burke served in the governments of W. T. Cosgrave in the 1920s. He lost his seat at the 1938 general election and after unsuccessfully standing again as an independent at the 1943 general election, he retired from politics and moved to England. He was also a Barrister-at-Law.
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