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Brendan Smith, Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade; Border Region Development

Brendan Smith

Working hard for the people of Cavan and Monaghan

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Cavan Monaghan

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Constituency Office: 3 Carrickfern, Cavan.
 
Tel: 049-4362366
Fax: 049-4362367
 
Email: Brendan.smith@oireachtas.ie

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Personal Details

Born in Cavan, June 1956. Married to Anne McGarry.

Educated Bawnboy National School; St. Camillus College, Killucan, Co. Westmeath; and UCD (B.A. in Politics and Economics).

Full time Public Representative and former Advisor to Government Minister and Tánaiste.

Member of Templeport Gaelic Football Club, the Cavan G.A.A. Supporters' Club, Cavan Drama Festival, Cómhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and Cumann Seanchais Bhréifne.

Local News

FF concerned at suspension of Irish-supported cardiac programme in Ukraine

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Brendan Smith has expressed his deep concern at the suspension of Chernobyl Children International’s programme in Ukraine, which provides life-saving cardiac surgery to children there. Read More | Share

Time for a fresh push on the Haas proposals – Smith

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Brendan Smith TD commented on the 16th anniversary of the Good Friday agreement and historic State visit of the President to the UK to call for a fresh push on the Haas Proposals in Northern Ireland. Read More | Share

Govt must wake up to ongoing jobs crisis in Border Region - Smith

Fianna Fáil’s Spokesperson on Border Region Development, Deputy Brendan Smith, has accused the Government of sleep-walking through the ongoing jobs crisis in the border region. Read More | Share

Smith Raises Ban on Irish Beef with Chinese Delegation

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Brendan Smith met with representatives from the Chinese Government at Leinster House today and pressed for the lifting of China’s ban on Irish Beef. At the meeting in Leinster House today, Deputy Smith and Vice Minister Yu Hongjun of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (IDCPC) exchanged views on economic development, human rights, agriculture and trade between Ireland and China. Read More | Share

Immigration Reform and the case of the Undocumented Irish in the United States

Speaking during Topical Issues in the Dáil this evening Deputy Smith raised the issue of the undocumented Irish living in the United States and urged the Government to use the period over the St. Patrick's Day celebrations in the US to press the case for immigration reform. Read More | Share

Smith meets with Shadow Secretary for NI to discuss Northern progress

The Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Border Region Development Brendan Smith TD has met with the Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary of State Ivan Lewis MP at Leinster House to discuss the current situation in the North. Read More | Share

Fianna Fáil Meets with British Delegation to Discuss Northern Progress

A Fianna Fáil delegation led by Spokesperson Brendan Smith TD met with Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers, the British Ambassador Dominick Chilcot and officials in Leinster House today to discuss the current situation in the North, the barriers to agreement on the Haass process and the need to get the truth for the families of those killed in the Dublin and Monaghan bombings. Read More | Share

Fianna Fáil calls for EU sanctions to be imposed on Ukraine

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Brendan Smith has called on the European Commission to immediately begin the process of imposing targeted sanctions on the Ukraine as the country faces the prospect of a civil war. Read More | Share

FF Welcomes Vatican Embassy U-Turn

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Brendan Smith has welcomed the Government’s u-turn on the Irish Embassy in the Vatican City. Read More | Share

Smith demands greater focus on job creation in Cavan & Monaghan

Fianna Fáil Deputy Brendan Smith has demanded a much greater focus on job creation in Cavan and Monaghan, after it emerged that the two counties were virtually ignored by the State’s job creation agency, the IDA, last year. According to new figures received by Fianna Fáil through a series of Parliamentary Questions this week, there were just 2 IDA site visits to Co Cavan in 2013 and 3 visits in 2012. There was only 1 IDA visit to Co Monaghan last year and none at all in 2012. Read More | Share

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Political Record

Brendan Smith, T.D. is currently the Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Border Region Development.

He previously served as Spokesperson on Education and Skills.

Brendan is a former Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Minister for Justice and Law Reform.

First elected to Dáil Eireann in 1992, he has been re-elected for the Cavan/Monaghan constituency in every subsequent General Election.

He has served as a Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and Food and as Minister for Children, at the Department of Health and Children.

Prior to his election to Dáil Eireann, he served as a Special Advisor to the former Tánaiste and Minister, the late John Wilson.

Other Details:

- Minister for Children from June 2007 to May 2008.
- Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and Food with special responsibility for Food and Horticulture from September 2004 to June 2007.
- Co-Chairman of the British-Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body 2002 - Sept. 2004.
- Member of the Dáil Committee on Procedure and Privileges until Sept. 2004.
- Government Whip on Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs in the 28th Dáil.
- Served as a member of the Co. Cavan Vocational Education Committee including Chairman of the Board of Management of Cavan College of Further Studies and Chairman of the Board of Management of Virginia Vocational School.