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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 expresses condolences following death of Irish woman in Tunisia

The Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Brendan Smith TD has expressed his great sadness and shock at the news that an Irish woman has been killed in today’s terrorist attack in Tunisia. Read More | Share

Fianna Fáil reiterates call for independent inquiry into Finucane murder

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Brendan Smith has reiterated his call for an independent inquiry into the circumstances that led to the murder of Pat Finucane in 1989. It follows fresh calls for an independent investigation to be launched. Read More | Share

Liberty job losses major blow for Cavan – Smith

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan, Brendan Smith, has expressed his serious disappointment following the announcement by Liberty Insurance that it’s planning to cut 270 jobs at its offices in Cavan, Enniskillen and Dublin. The jobs will be phased out over the next 18 months as the company seeks voluntary redundancies. Read More | Share

New measures needed to boost Credit Union business – Smith

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Brendan Smith says more needs to be done to expand the role of credit unions to ensure that they are protected and utilised into the future. The party is highlighting the problems being faced by credit unions in Cavan, Monaghan and across the country during its Private Members time in the Dáil this week. Read More | Share

Govt must raise war crimes Gaza conflict report with both Israel and PLA – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Brendan Smith TD has stated that the Report of the Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict is a bolt and wake up call to the international community about the horrors and human rights abuses inflicted on ordinary innocent people during the conflict. The Report claims that war crimes may have been committed by both Israel and Palestine during the Gaza conflict. Read More | Share

Govt must raise war crimes Gaza conflict report with both Israel and PLA - Smith

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Brendan Smith TD has stated that the Report of the Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict is a bolt and wake up call to the international community about the horrors and human rights abuses inflicted on ordinary innocent people during the conflict. The Report claims that war crimes may have been committed by both Israel and Palestine during the Gaza conflict. Read More | Share

Smith expresses disappointment with Minister over North-South Interconnector plans

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Brendan Smith has criticised the Communications Minister Alex White for refusing to consider a motion by Monaghan County Council calling for the cessation of work on the North-South Interconnector so that the project could be undergrounded. Read More | Share

Full Truth on Collusion Needed – Smith

Speaking following a series of documentaries on Spotlight, Panorama and RTE highlighting the extent of State collusion with loyalist and provisional paramilitaries Fianna Fáil TD Brendan Smith has called for a full and independent investigation involving all of the groups to be established as part of the reconciliation process. Read More | Share

FF Foreign Affairs Spokesperson extends sympathy following Irish deaths in the US

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Brendan Smith has extended his sympathy to the families of a number of Irish citizens who died or were seriously injured after what appears to have been a tragic accident in Berkley, California early this morning. Read More | Share

Govt targets One Parent Families for third year in a row - FF

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Brendan Smith has accused the Government of promising tax breaks for the well-off while cutting essential supports for one parent families. From next month the payment will be cut again, with some families losing up to €80 a week, as the age threshold is reduced from 16 to 7. 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.