Brendan Smith, Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade; Border Region Development

Brendan Smith

Working hard for the people of Cavan and Monaghan

Sign up to get emails from me and my colleagues


Cavan Monaghan


Constituency Office: 3 Carrickfern, Cavan.
Tel: 049-4362366
Fax: 049-4362367
Email: Brendan.smith@oireachtas.ie


Send an email to Brendan Smith

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

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

Fianna Fáil Welcome Decision on ‘Hooded Men’ Case

Fianna Fáil’s Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Brendan Smith TD has welcomed the Government’s decision to proceed with an application to have the case of the ‘Hooded Men’ revised by the European Court of Human Rights. Read More | Share

Smith calls for guarantees on reconciliation funding

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade Brendan Smith TD has called on Minister Charlie Flanagan to ensure that both the Irish and British Governments provide adequate funding for community groups involved with reconciliation work in Northern Ireland. Read More | Share

FF Welcomes Obama Proposals on Immigration

Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade, Brendan Smith TD has welcomed President Obama’s proposals to overhaul the US immigration system which will hopefully legalise the status of the 50,000 undocumented Irish in the US. Fianna Fáil in Government actively lobbied both the US President and US Congress seeking action on the undocumented Irish. Since 2011, Deputy Smith has raised the cause of the undocumented Irish with the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade throughout the current Dáil term. Read More | Share

Palestinian Leaders must show Leadership and Condemn Synagogue Attack – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade, Brendan Smith TD has reacted with great shock and sadness to the news that four people were killed in a synagogue by two armed men in Jerusalem yesterday. Deputy Smith condemned the attack which is yet another horrific onslaught on innocent people who have suffered greatly since the war between Hamas and Israel last summer. Deputy Smith has called on Palestinian leaders, including Hamas, to condemn the attack and for the Israeli leadership to resist fanning more flames of violence by reacting in an aggressive and violent manner. Read More | Share

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

See All News Stories

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.