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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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Constituency

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

Youth unemployment in border region tops 20% - Smith

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Brendan Smith has expressed serious concern about the number of young people in the border region who are out of work and out of education. The latest figures from the CSO reveal that over 21% of 16-24 year olds in the border area are unemployed and not engaged in any education or training courses. The national average for that age group is 15.9% Read More | Share

Leaked report earmarks bed closures and service cuts in local hospitals – Smith

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Brendan Smith has described as alarming details of a leaked Department of Health report which signals a series of bed closures and cuts to procedures at Cavan General Hospital. The Department is warning of drastic reductions in services across the health sector if the Government presses ahead with planned budget cuts this year. Read More | Share

FF Condemns Latest Settlement Plans by Israel

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Brendan Smith TD, has condemned the latest settlement plans by Israel to claim almost 1,000 acres near Bethlehem in the West Bank. Deputy Smith believes the latest move will serve to undermine the recently declared fragile peace between Israel and Palestine. Read More | Share

Government Failing to Engage in Seeking Solution to Northern Talks – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Brendan Smith TD has stated that the Government has failed to fully engage in seeking to find a solution to the current impasse since the unsuccessful end of the Haass Talks in Northern Ireland at the end of last year. The Government must take a “hands on” approach if this process is to be brought to a successful conclusion. The Irish and British Governments as co-guarantors of the Good Friday Agreement have an obligation to ensure the successful implementation of the commitments of that internationally binding Agreement. Read More | Share

EU must Coordinate United Approach to Middle East Humanitarian Crisis – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Brendan Smith TD has stated that the European Union must coordinate its approach in seeking to address the horrific humanitarian crisis which is ongoing in Syria, Gaza and Iraq. The recently published UN Report showing that the number of Syrian refugees is now over 3 million people should spur a renewed effort from the EU in seeking to assist those who find themselves without a home as a result of the conflict there. The EU must also develop a Union wide response to the threat from the terrorist group Isis and ensure that all Member States are prepared and have a strategy to deal with the return of Islamic combatants to Europe. Read More | Share

Smith Welcomes further Investigation of the Disappeared

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Brendan Smith TD has welcomed the resumed search currently underway in Oristown, County Meath by the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains to locate the remains of Brendan Megraw who vanished in April 1978. Deputy Smith has also called once again for all members of the public who might have any information surrounding the Disappeared to contact An Garda Síochána or the Independent Commission. Read More | Share

Decisive action needed at EU emergency meeting – Smith

Minister Charlie Flanagan should spell out Irish policy position on key crises to avoid repeat of UN abstention mess Read More | Share

Border broadband costs to soar as Govt pulls essential scheme - Smith

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Brendan Smith says the Government’s decision to end the National Broadband Scheme further highlights its lack of interest in rural Ireland. The scrapping of the programme could see rural users forking out an additional €176 a year for a basic broadband service. Read More | Share

FF condemns further violence in Gaza

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Brendan Smith TD, has condemned the resumption of violence in Gaza following failed negotiations to extend the original humanitarian ceasefire between Hamas and Israel. Read More | Share

Europe must seek to aid Iraqi minorities against Islamic State - FF

Fianna Fáil has called on the European Union to act now in co-operation with the United States to aid Christians and other minorities in Iraq who are at risk from the barbaric actions of the Islamic State militia. Currently, there are thousands of Iraqis trapped on Sinjar Mountain, having fled from the advancing Isis forces for fear of severe discrimination and possible death as a result of their religious beliefs. 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.