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


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

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

International Community must Heed Pope’s Warning on Persecution of Christians - Smith

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Brendan Smith TD has called on the international community to heed the warning regarding the increased persecution of Christians, which was highlighted by Pope Francis in his Easter Sunday address. Deputy Smith has successfully sought a special meeting of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs on the persecution of Christians last Wednesday in Leinster House. He has called for this meeting to be held as soon as possible in light of the extreme violence being witnessed by Christians in Africa and the Middle East. Read More | Share

UN Must Address Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen - FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs, Brendan Smith TD has called on the United Nations to intervene and provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Yemen in light of the escalating conflict there. The Red Cross has been prevented from providing vital humanitarian assistance due to the violent clashes in the southern party of the country. Read More | Share

Smith repeats call for full investigation into Dublin-Monaghan and Belturbet Bombings

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan and Party Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade Brendan Smith has, once again, called on the British Government to remove all obstacles to full and proper investigations into the bombings and the murder of innocent people in Belturbet in December 1972 and in Monaghan and Dublin in May 1974. Read More | Share

Time for FG to stand up for local community on Pylons – Smith

Cavan-Monaghan Deputy Brendan Smith has hit out at the Government and Eirgrid for failing to consider alternatives to massive pylons along the North South Interconnector. Read More | Share

Israel Cannot Ignore Right of Palestinian State to Exist – FF

Rejection of Two State Solution by Netanyahu must be challenged Read More | Share

Speech by Brendan Smith TD during Dáil debate on Neutrality

Fianna Fáil is dedicated to Ireland's policy of military neutrality. It is a policy we have pursued both in and out of government and its key defining characteristic is non-membership of military alliances. This policy of military neutrality has gone hand in hand with strong support for international co-operation to ensure peace and stability, as manifested in Ireland's participation in UN mandated peacekeeping operations. Various Defence Acts passed by the Oireachtas mean that Ireland only takes part in missions which are unambiguously authorised by the United Nations and on the basis of a sovereign decision made by the Government, subject to the approval of the Dáil. Furthermore, the Constitution, in Article 29, confirms Ireland's dedication to the ideals of peace and friendly co-operation among nations founded on international justice and morality. Article 29 also upholds our observance of the principle of peaceful resolution of international disputes. Since the 1930s and 1940s, we have never sought to have the type of neutrality which, for instance, Belgium pursued before 1914, for the very good reason it proved not to be worth the paper on which it was written. Read More | Share

Speech by Brendan Smith TD on the Protection of the Environment (Criminal Activity) (Amendment) Bill

I move that leave be granted to introduce a Bill entitled an Act to provide for the amendment of the Protection of the Environment Act 2003 in order to establish a cross-Border statutory agency to investigate and report on fuel smuggling and other criminal activity in counties adjacent to the Border between Northern Ireland and this jurisdiction. 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.