Brendan Smith

Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs & Trade; Border Region Development

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). Brendan is a full time Public Representative and former Advisor to Government Minister and Tánaiste. He is also a member of Templeport Gaelic Football Club, the Cavan G.A.A. Supporters’ Club, Cavan Drama Festival, Cómhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and Cumann Seanchais Bhréifne. First elected to Dáil Eireann in 1992, he has been re-elected for the Cavan/Monaghan constituency in every subsequent General Election. Previously serving as Spokesperson on Education and Skills, Brendan is a former Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Minister for Justice and Law Reform. He has also 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.

Contact Details

Office: 3 Carrickfern, Cavan. Tel: 049-4362366 Fax: 049-4362367

Political Record

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.

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Brendan Smith has extended his sympathy to the families of a number of Irish citizens who died or were seriously injured after what appears to have been a tragic accident in Berkley, California early this morning. Deputy Smith said, “I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to those who […]

Speaking following a series of documentaries on Spotlight, Panorama and RTE highlighting the extent of State collusion with loyalist and provisional paramilitaries Fianna Fáil TD Brendan Smith has called for a full and independent investigation involving all of the groups to be established as part of the reconciliation process. Deputy Smith commented, “Panorama, Spotlight and […]

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