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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

EU ignoring Iraqi displacement crisis – Smith

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Brendan Smith TD is calling on Minister Charlie Flanagan to prioritise the escalating displacement crisis in Iraq and to move this situation up the European agenda at the next meeting of EU Foreign Ministers. France has now offered asylum to the thousands of Christians, who have been forced to flee their homes because of the threat from the Islamist jihadists group ISIS. Read More | Share

Smith condemns ongoing slaughter of children in Gaza

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Brendan Smith TD has condemned yesterday’s attack in Gaza which resulted in the loss of the lives of eight children and two adults in a playground. The UN’s children’s fund says there is no safe place in Gaza for children, as the death toll from the conflict continues to rise daily. Read More | Share

Abstention on Gaza Vote ‘Dereliction of Proud History in Foreign Affairs’ – FF

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UN Should be Deployed to Secure Ukrainian Crash Scene

Fianna Fáil Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Brendan Smith TD has said that UN troops should be deployed to secure the scene of the Malaysian Airways crash scene immediately to preserve evidence and facilitate a full investigation. He stated that if this tragedy is proven to have been caused by a missile strike, it would represent a crime against the international community. Read More | Share

Joint Statement from FF Leader and FF Chairman on Gaza Hostilities

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD and Party Chairman and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Brendan Smith TD have jointly called on the Taoiseach to bring the Israeli Ambassador to Government Buildings today to express this country’s revulsion at events in Gaza and to make clear Ireland’s rejection of the tactics being deployed by the Israeli Defence Forces. Read More | Share

Smith raises concerns over Israel-Gaza conflict

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan and spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Brendan Smith TD has been consistently raising the issue of the conflict in Gaza and Israel over the past number of weeks in the Dáil. Read More | Share

Speech of Brendan Smith TD: Topical Issue on the Dublin-Monaghan Bombings

Bombs in Monaghan and Dublin on May 17 1974 resulted in the death of 33 civilians and the wounding of almost 300 people. Those atrocities resulted in the highest number of casualties in any one day during that very difficult era which is commonly referred to as ‘The Troubles’. Read More | Share

Smith welcomes Robinson appointment as UN Special Envoy for Climate Change

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Brendan Smith TD has welcomed the appointment of the former President of Ireland Mary Robinson as UN Special Envoy for Climate Change. Read More | Share

FF Calls for Emergency EU Foreign Affairs Council to Address Escalating Crisis in Middle East

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs & Trade Brendan Smith has called on the Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade Eamon Gilmore to seek an emergency meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council to address the escalating crisis between Palestine and Israel. While Fianna Fáil welcomed the EU call for all sides to exercise maximum restraint to avoid casualties and to do their utmost to achieve an immediate ceasefire, it is clear that more needs to be done to create a pathway to peace. Read More | Share

Time for Unionists and both governments to live up to their responsibilities – Smith

Commenting on the withdrawal of the DUP and UUP from the political talks on parades, flags and the past Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Brendan Smith stated that “Unionists are avoiding their responsibilities as elected officials and undermining the rule of law”. He further added that it underscored the need for the Irish and British Governments to “roll up their sleeves and have a hands-on approach to the issues that are impeding further progress in building on the peace process”. 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.