At a convention, at The Commons Inn last night, he beat three other candidates in a landslide, securing 236 of the 303 votes, and will now seek to defend the seat vacated by Dara Murphy.
However, party members were warned of the constituency becoming “barren waste ground” for Fine Gael by veteran party stalwart and former TD Bernard Allen. Proposing Mr Burke’s candidacy, he said that the party was at risk in Cork North Central, with its support there declining in recent years.
“The situation in Cork North Central, whether we like it or not, is much too serious. Fine Gael is in a tailspin. Fine Gael, in the 90s, had two seats out of five. We were getting the first and second seat — myself and the late lamented Liam Burke. Now we have one seat and we are struggling.
“In the City Council area, where we once had four councillors, we now have one. In the County Council area, where we had two, we have none. There is a whole barren waste ground for Fine Gael in Cork North Central,” he said.
Mr Allen said that Mr Burke has the “honesty, hardwork, and integrity” to win the seat.
In his acceptance speech, Mr Burke said that he wanted to build bridges across the constituency in order to get the party back to a higher standing.