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# Brendan Smith

Last year
Alan Dukes apologises 'unreservedly' over comments about 'border people' and violence
Dukes said border people were “more easily turned” to violence.
All time
# On the campaign trail
In Navan, it's all about insurance and broadband (even if Peter Casey wants to talk immigration)
At a Midlands North-West hustings today, six candidates spoke about business in rural areas.
# crime prevention
No one has taken up the offer of free CCTV cameras from the government
To boost crime prevention, the Partnership of Government commits to supporting investment in CCTV at key locations along the road network and in urban centres.
# Brexit
Foster's accusations that Ireland is poaching investors "absolutely incorrect"
Fianna Fáil TD Brendan Smith has responded to Foster’s comments regarding the Irish government’s trade policies and activities.
# they're back
A bigger and buoyant Fianna Fáil was 'back in business' at Leinster House today
They haven’t gone away, you know.
After senators agreed to recognise the state Palestine, will TDs follow suit?
Fianna Fáil are pushing for a Dáil vote on the issue.
# doing a 180
'Unacceptable': Fianna Fáil is NOT happy with Crowley's move to Eurosceptic group
The party has said that many ECR policies “directly contradict core principles of the Fianna Fáil organisation”.
# life saving surgery
Children can't get surgery because of Ukraine crisis, the Irish government is being asked to help
One in four children diagnosed with ‘Chernobyl Heart’ will die before the age of 6.
# Gardagate
Did former Justice ministers know about the garda recordings? We asked…
The last Justice Minister before Shatter said he was ‘not aware’ the garda recordings were taking place.
# Abortion
Revealed: At least 6 Fianna Fáil TDs and most senators to oppose abortion bill
With a free vote, at least a dozen TDs and senators from the main opposition party are likely to oppose the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill, according to a survey carried out by
# aid funding
Ireland’s overseas development funding continues to drop, remains below UN target
Ireland gave 0.47 per cent of its GDP in development assistance in 2012, well below the UN target of 0.7 per cent.
# Severance
Former junior ministers share €64,000 severance payout for 2012
Former Labour minister Willie Penrose, and Fianna Fáil duo Dara Calleary and Billy Kelleher, received severance last year.
# shufflin'
Éamon Ó Cuív back in the fold in Fianna Fáil reshuffle
The former deputy leader of the party had resigned in February but is now back on the party’s front bench.
# Education
Department to examine rehiring of retired primary school teachers
Several retired teachers who were recently rehired by primary schools were taken on for more than 50 days.
# coillte
Fianna Fáil calls on Coillte CEO to take pay cut
The call comes as pressure grows for David Gunning to cut his near €300,000 annual salary at the forestry body.
# Donation
Ó Cuív unable to donate severance pay to Fianna Fáil
The former government minister Éamon Ó Cuív was unable to donate his ministerial severance pay package to the party who could “badly do with it at present”.
Martin unveils second FF front bench in ten weeks
Just 71 days after appointing his new shadow cabinet, Micheál Martin changes ranks – with just three TDs retaining briefs.
# Fianna Fáil
Martin tells FF ministers to waive severance payments
The new party leader tells his former cabinet colleagues that if they stay on as TDs, they’ll forego their €88k payout.
# GM food
Ireland to bring GM crops onto home market
Outgoing Agriculture Minister Brendan Smith says Ireland has “altered its voting position” and is now backing EU proposals to authorise the sale and use of genetically-modified maize and cotton.
# Free Cheese
Let them eat free cheese: Agriculture minister’s Christmas gift to poor
The government will buy Irish cheese with European money and make it available to those in greatest need.