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


Constituency Office: 3 Carrickfern, Cavan.
Tel: 049-4362366
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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

Israel Cannot Ignore Right of Palestinian State to Exist – FF

Rejection of Two State Solution by Netanyahu must be challenged Read More | Share

Speech by Brendan Smith TD during Dáil debate on Neutrality

Fianna Fáil is dedicated to Ireland's policy of military neutrality. It is a policy we have pursued both in and out of government and its key defining characteristic is non-membership of military alliances. This policy of military neutrality has gone hand in hand with strong support for international co-operation to ensure peace and stability, as manifested in Ireland's participation in UN mandated peacekeeping operations. Various Defence Acts passed by the Oireachtas mean that Ireland only takes part in missions which are unambiguously authorised by the United Nations and on the basis of a sovereign decision made by the Government, subject to the approval of the Dáil. Furthermore, the Constitution, in Article 29, confirms Ireland's dedication to the ideals of peace and friendly co-operation among nations founded on international justice and morality. Article 29 also upholds our observance of the principle of peaceful resolution of international disputes. Since the 1930s and 1940s, we have never sought to have the type of neutrality which, for instance, Belgium pursued before 1914, for the very good reason it proved not to be worth the paper on which it was written. Read More | Share

Speech by Brendan Smith TD on the Protection of the Environment (Criminal Activity) (Amendment) Bill

I move that leave be granted to introduce a Bill entitled an Act to provide for the amendment of the Protection of the Environment Act 2003 in order to establish a cross-Border statutory agency to investigate and report on fuel smuggling and other criminal activity in counties adjacent to the Border between Northern Ireland and this jurisdiction. Read More | Share

Fianna Fáil launches Bill to tackle fuel smuggling

Fianna Fáil has launched a Bill today proposing the establishment of a cross-border, multi-agency taskforce to tackle fuel smuggling. The agency would bring together all the statutory organisations responsible for detecting and policing the illicit fuel trade north and south of the border. Read More | Share

Decision on EU roaming charges sees consumers lose out – Smith

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Brendan Smith has described a decision by the EU Member States to delay the abolition of roaming charges as anti-consumer. The charges, which affect all mobile users travelling around the EU, are set to remain in place until 2018 at the earliest. Read More | Share

Dáil speech by Brendan Smith TD on the assassination of former Russian Deputy PM, Boris Nemtsov

I am very glad the Minister of State, Deputy Deenihan, is here to take this issue. I was appalled to learn of the brutal murder of Boris Nemtsov last weekend, as were the overwhelming majority of the Irish people. Mr. Nemtsov was a prominent opposition politician in Russia and his RPR Parnas political party is a member of ALDE, the same political grouping to which Fianna Fáil is affiliated at a European level. Read More | Share

FF seeks Dáil discussion on assassination of Boris Nemtsov

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Brendan Smith TD has asked the Ceann Comhairle to facilitate a Dáil discussion on the assassination of former Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Boris Nemtsov. Read More | Share

Smith calls for concrete timeline for action on Troubles legacy

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Brendan Smith TD has called on the Minister for Foreign Affairs to ensure that the mechanism for getting to the truth of Troubles era violence, agreed at the Stormont House talks, will be set up as a matter of priority. Deputy Smith has also contacted the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to provide access to files and papers relating to the Dublin-Monaghan bombings in 1974. Read More | Share

Govt inaction on childcare sees crisis escalate – Smith

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Brendan Smith says the Government’s failure to act on childcare provision and costs has resulted in a major crisis in the sector. Despite the establishment of the Department of Children & Youth Affairs in 2011, the Government has not brought any tangible proposals on childcare issues forward in the intervening four years. Read More | Share

Europe Must Stand Together to Defend Our Freedoms – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade Brendan Smith TD has called on all Member States of the European Union to join together in resolving to battle against religious and political extremism in all its forms following the latest terrorist shooting in Copenhagen at the weekend. Deputy Smith expressed his condolences to the people of Denmark following the shooting which resulted in the death of a young Jewish man and a film director. 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.