Paddy Burke

Paddy Burke (born 15 January 1955) is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has been a Senator for the Agricultural Panel since 1993.[1] He served as Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann from 2011 to 2016.

Paddy Burke
Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann
In office
25 May 2011  8 June 2016
Preceded byPat Moylan
Succeeded byDenis O'Donovan
Assumed office
30 February 1993
ConstituencyAgricultural Panel
Personal details
Patrick Burke

(1955-01-15) 15 January 1955
Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland
Political partyFine Gael
Spouse(s)Theresa Burke (m. 1988)
Alma materDublin City University

Burke was a member of Mayo County Council from 1979 until the abolition of the dual mandate in 2003. He was first elected to the Oireachtas in the 1993 election to the 20th Seanad by the Agricultural Panel, which also returned him to the 21st Seanad in 1997 and to the 22nd Seanad in 2002.[2] In September 2002, Burke was elected as Leas-Chathaoirleach (Deputy Chairman) of the Seanad, and after his re-election in 2007 to the 23rd Seanad he was re-elected as Leas Cathaoirleach.[1]

He was elected as the Cathaoirleach of the 24th Seanad on 25 May 2011.[3][4]


  1. "Paddy Burke". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 19 February 2008.
  2. "Paddy Burke". Retrieved 19 February 2008.
  3. "Paddy Burke elected as Seanad Cathaoirleach". RTÉ News. 25 May 2011.
  4. "FG's Paddy Burke named as Seanad Cathoirleach". Irish Examiner. 24 May 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2011.
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