A skilled negotiator, Dick Burke's achievements and influence still felt in Irish life to the present day
Dick Burke was a successful European Commissioner on two occasions. He was responsible, after the 1982 Greek elections, in the negotiation with the new Greek government, of terms whereby Greece remained a member of the European Union.
He also was involved in the exceptionally complex negotiations whereby Greenland, although remaining part of Denmark, was allowed to leave the EU, while Denmark proper remained within. His courtesy and ability to listen were key factors in his success as a Commissioner.
Dick Burke was also a very successful, reforming, Minister for Education, with concrete achievements to his name.