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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

FF seeks Dáil debate on recognition of the State of Palestine

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs & Trade Brendan Smith TD has requested time in the Dáil to discuss a motion calling on the Irish Government to recognise the State of Palestine. Read More | Share

FF Call on Government to Recognise State of Palestine

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Brendan Smith TD has called on the Government to follow the lead of Sweden and the UK House of Commons and recognise the state of Palestine. The recent war in Gaza and the unwillingness of the Israeli Government to engage in meaningful and constructive negotiations with the Palestinians has resulted in a mind shift in how best to approach the conflict in the Middle East. Read More | Share

BBC Spotlight Programme raises fresh questions for Sinn Féin – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Border Region Development, Brendan Smith TD, has stated that there are serious questions to be answered by senior Sinn Féin figures over how they dealt with alleged child sex abuse allegations 15 years ago. Read More | Share

Govt commitment to diaspora must be questioned - Smith

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Brendan Smith TD has called on the Minister for Communications and the Minister for the Diaspora to intervene to prevent RTÉ from withdrawing its Longwave 252 kHZ service next year. The broadcaster has been forced to delay the closure of the service until January next year after a public and political backlash. Read More | Share

Successful and early outcome essential for Northern talks – Smith

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade and Border Region Development, Brendan Smith TD, has urged all the participants in the cross-party negotiations commencing in Belfast today to attach the utmost importance and urgency to this important work. Read More | Share

Minister must detail timeline for Northern talks – Smith

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan and Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Brendan Smith has called on Minister Flanagan to outline a timeframe for the next phase of cross party negotiations involving the British and Irish Governments. British Secretary of State Theresa Villiers announced a new round of talks to resolve outstanding issues in Northern Ireland last month, but a definitive roadmap for the process has still to be finalised. Read More | Share

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

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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.