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#Brendan Smith

# brendan-smith - Tuesday 14 May, 2019

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.

# brendan-smith - Sunday 8 October, 2017

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.

# brendan-smith - Saturday 29 October, 2016

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.

# brendan-smith - Thursday 3 March, 2016

A bigger and buoyant Fianna Fáil was 'back in business' at Leinster House today

They haven’t gone away, you know.

# brendan-smith - Friday 24 October, 2014

After senators agreed to recognise the state Palestine, will TDs follow suit?

After senators agreed to recognise the state Palestine, will TDs follow suit?

Fianna Fáil are pushing for a Dáil vote on the issue.

# brendan-smith - Monday 23 June, 2014

'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”.

# brendan-smith - Wednesday 16 April, 2014

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.

# brendan-smith - Thursday 27 March, 2014

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.

# brendan-smith - Saturday 8 June, 2013

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

# brendan-smith - Saturday 11 May, 2013

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.

# brendan-smith - Sunday 6 January, 2013

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.

# brendan-smith - Thursday 12 July, 2012

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.

# brendan-smith - Wednesday 23 May, 2012

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.

# brendan-smith - Sunday 27 November, 2011

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.

# brendan-smith - Thursday 12 May, 2011

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”.

# brendan-smith - Tuesday 12 April, 2011

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.

# brendan-smith - Friday 11 February, 2011

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.

# brendan-smith - Tuesday 8 February, 2011

Take 5: Tuesday

Ireland has “altered its voting position” to allow GM foods to be sold within the state; Enda Kenny admits that his public sector reform proposals would mean borrowing €1billion; and die-hard homeopaths are given an intriguing offer.

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.

# brendan-smith - Friday 5 November, 2010

Let them eat free cheese: Agriculture minister’s Christmas gift to poor Free Cheese This post contains images

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.