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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

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

Welcome for Ukraine Ceasefire but EU must ensure it Holds - FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs, Brendan Smith TD has welcomed the latest ceasefire agreed in Minsk, Ukraine following intensive negotiations. However, Deputy Smith has called on the EU now to act as a guarantor of the ceasefire and ensure that all sides live up to their commitments. Ukraine has suffered a loss of over 5,400 people since the conflict begun and the war has had a devastating humanitarian impact in eastern Ukraine. Read More | Share

Smith welcomes Lakeland Dairies jobs announcement

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Brendan Smith has welcomed the announcement by Lakeland Dairies that it is to expand its milk powder processing plant in Bailieboro, Co. Cavan. The €36m investment will create 81 new jobs at the Bailieboro, Killeshandra and Lough Egish plants. Read More | Share

Smith welcomes Combilift jobs boost

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Brendan Smith has welcomed the expansion of Combilift, and the creation of 200 new jobs. The company, which was established in 1998, already employs 300 people at its plants in Clontibret and Monaghan, and today’s announcement will see that number significantly increased. Read More | Share

BOSE closure puts Monaghan jobs crisis front and centre - Smith

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Brendan Smith has expressed serious disappointment following the announcement by BOSE Corporation that it’s to close its Carrickmacross manufacturing facility. The factory is set to close in April with the loss of 140 jobs. Read More | Share

Momentum on Northern Issues must be sustained – Smith

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Brendan Smith TD has called on the Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan to outline a timeline for the implementation of outstanding commitments contained in the Good Friday Agreement. Welcoming the Stormont House Agreement, Deputy Smith noted the progress that has been made, but remains concerned about significant gaps which remain almost 17 years later. Read More | Share

FF Expresses Shock and Sympathy at Paris Murders

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Trade Brendan Smith TD has expressed his shock and upset at the murders witnessed in Paris today. He has also extended his sympathy to the families of the 12 people who have been killed in the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Read More | Share

Europe must raise voice against Israeli bullying - FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade Brendan Smith TD has called on the European Union to condemn the latest provocative move by Israel in withholding tax revenues due to the Palestinian Authorities. The Israeli Government confirmed it plans to withhold at least €106 million in tax revenue due to Palestine on January 3rd. The move appears to be a response to Palestinian attempts to join the International Criminal Court in The Hague. 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.