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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

Govt must maintain open dialogue with British Govt on Brexit – Smith

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs & Trade Brendan Smith has emphasised the importance of maintaining a consistent dialogue with the British Government ahead of the planned referendum on EU membership. It has been reported that a parliamentary Bill paving the way for the vote will be published next week. Read More | Share

FF’s Smith seeks campaign against abolition of Human Rights Act

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Brendan Smith TD has called on the Taoiseach and Minister for Foreign Affairs to send a clear message to the British Government that any diminution of the Good Friday Agreement would be totally unacceptable. Read More | Share

41st anniversary of Dublin Monaghan bombings a fresh opportunity to open up vital files

Speaking on the 41st anniversary of the Dublin Monaghan Bombings, the Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD renewed calls for the British Government to open all documents on the incident. Read More | Share

Smith congratulates Northern Secretary on re-appointment

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Border Region Development Brendan Smith has congratulated Theresa Villiers on her appointment and Northern Secretary following the General Election in the UK. Read More | Share

EU should re-visit super levy fine on farmers – Smith

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Brendan Smith has called on the Government to press the European Union to withdraw the major super levy fine being imposed on Ireland. The charges will impede farmers’ ability to expand their dairy production capabilities following the abolition of milk quota. Read More | Share

Time for IDA to focus on Cavan-Monaghan region – Smith

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Brendan Smith has called on the IDA to focus attention on the Cavan-Monaghan area in order to secure investment for the region. Deputy Smith attended the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs & Trade Committee meeting this week, which focused on the IDA’s business activities in developing growth markets. Read More | Share

Smith calls for urgent action on deteriorating mobile coverage in border counties

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Brendan Smith has called on the Communications Minister to intervene to ensure better mobile coverage for people living in the border region. Customers across the two counties have become increasingly frustrated with the deteriorating service and consistent outages over the past two years, while investment in the infrastructure remains stagnant. Read More | Share

Ireland Must Offer Assistance in EU Refugee Crisis – Smith

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade, Brendan Smith TD has called on the Irish Government to play its part in finding a solution to the current EU refugee crisis being witnessed in the Mediterranean. Deputy Smith stated that the latest tragedies on the coast of Italy and Greece raised serious questions about how the European Union deals with those seeking to escape violence and political unrest in their home countries. Read More | Share

Smith Publishes New FF Foreign Affairs Policy

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs & Trade Brendan Smith TD has today launched Fianna Fáil’s new Foreign Affairs Policy Document outlining the Party’s key positions in international affairs. These include extending voting rights to all Irish citizens for presidential elections, creating a new Border Development Zone, as well as a call for the full recognition of the Palestinian state by the Irish Government. Read More | Share

FF backs calls for inquiry into abuse at Kincora Boys Home

Fianna Fáil has backed calls for an inquiry into sexual abuse at Kincora Boys Home in Belfast. 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.