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 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

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

Over 70s suffer as medical card cull continues – Smith

Fianna Fail TD for Cavan-Monaghan Brendan Smith says the Government’s cull on medical cards is continuing. New HSE figures reveal that more than 87,000 cards have been cut in the past 12 months, with the over 70s being hardest hit in the region. Read More | Share

Smith demands guarantee the future of Longwave service

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Brendan Smith TD has welcomed the decision by RTÉ to extend their Longwave radio service until 2017 and is urging Minister Charlie Flanagan to progress research on maintaining a service on a more long term basis without delay. Read More | Share

Schools to pay the price as essential works scheme is scrapped - Smith

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Brendan Smith has accused the Education Minister of attacking primary schools by reallocating vital primary funding to third level spending. Minister Jan O’Sullivan has reassigned €35m to the third level sector, essentially ending any possibility for the roll out of the Summer Works Scheme in 2015. Hundreds of parents across Cavan and Monaghan will now be forced to pay for repair and upgrade works in their children’s schools. Read More | Share

Dáil Speech by Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Brendan Smith on the Middle East

Ceann Comhairle, Fianna Fáil welcome the opportunity to contribute to the debate on the recognition of the State of Palestine on the basis of the 1967 borders by the Government of Ireland and will be supporting this motion. We believe this House must send out a strong message in one voice, on behalf of the Irish people that we stand with the people of Palestine and their right to self-determination. Read More | Share

Sinn Féin’s anti-jobs and anti-democratic agenda has nothing to offer Fianna Fáil - FF Chair

Fianna Fáil’s Parliamentary Party Chairman Brendan Smith TD has responded to reports in a Sunday newspaper speculating about a FF / SF coalition after the next General Election. The border TD dismissed the speculation, pointing to Sinn Féin’s anti-jobs policy platform and anti-democratic behaviour and his own party’s decision on the issue earlier this year. Read More | Share

Minister must ensure diplomatic immunity is not abused – Smith

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Brendan Smith TD is calling on Minister Charlie Flanagan to seek assurances from the diplomatic corps that they will respect and uphold the laws of this State, including employment regulations. Deputy Smith made the comments following a ruling from the Employment Appeals Tribunal, which found that the United Arab Emirates Ambassador to Ireland had breached work rights legislation and fined him €240,000. 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.