Richard Burke

Politician + Elder + Commissioner
Born Mar 29, 1932

Richard Burke (born 29 March 1932) is a former senior Irish Fine Gael politician and a European Commissioner. Dick Burke was born in New York in the United States in 1932. He was raised in Tipperary and educated at the Christian Brothers School, Thurles, University College Dublin (UCD) and King's Inns. He worked as a teacher before embarking on a political career. His first political involvement was with the Christian Democrat Party founded by Seán Loftus.… Read More

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1932 Birth Dick Burke was born in New York in the United States in 1932. … Read More


1967 35 Years Old However, he soon became a member of Fine Gael, becoming a member of Dublin County Council in 1967.
1969 37 Years Old Two years later in 1969 he was elected to Dáil Éireann for the first time, becoming a TD for Dublin County South. … Read More


1973 41 Years Old In 1973 a new Fine Gael-Labour coalition government was formed and Burke was appointed Minister for Education. … Read More
1976 44 Years Old In 1976 he won an internal cabinet battle with Justin Keating for the nomination as Ireland’s European Commissioner. … Read More
1977 45 Years Old Burke did not contest the 1977 general election but on the completion of his four-year term as Commissioner, Burke accepted an invitation to stand at the 1981 election for Fine Gael on returning to Ireland from Harvard University after his fellowship year at leveret house 1980-1981. … Read More


1982 50 Years Old However, Burke was not appointed to the short lived cabinet. He retained his seat in the general election which followed in February 1982, but Fine Gael was out of office. … Read More


1998 66 Years Old Burke became President and chief executive officer of the Stichting Cannon Foundation in Europe until his retirement in 1998. … Read More
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