Brendan Smith TD.
Brendan Smith TD.
Out of the five Cavan and Monaghan representing TD’s, Fianna Fáil’s Brendan Smith has recorded the best attendance in Dáil sitting, according to the Oireachtas Website. The website published the attendance of TDs and how many days they attended Dáil sittings.
Speaking to the Anglo Celt, the Fianna Fáil Deputy explained the importance of representing his constituents at a national level.
“As the Fianna Fáil Party Front Bench Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade and also on Border Region Development I have a very heavy workload in Dáil Éireann participating in Dáil debates and also on Committee work dealing with the areas for which I am a Spokesperson.
“I participate in debates, I table Parliamentary Questions on issues of concern to my constituents and also of importance to the wider Cavan/Monaghan community.
“The work of a Front Bench Spokesperson, particularly in a Party where we have small numbers in Dáil Éireann, is very demanding and I take my work very seriously. TDs are elected to represent their constituents in the Dáil and to work at local level with the people. Work at local level and work in Dáil Éireann are both of crucial importance. I appreciate the mandate that the people of Cavan/Monaghan have given me and I will continue to work diligently and to the best of my ability on behalf of all constituents. That has always been my philosophy and that's the commitment I give to my constituents.”
Deputy Smith recorded 104 sitting days in the Dáil, followed by Caoimhghin O Caolain who sat 100 days, Fine Gael Deputy heather Humphrey’s recorded 77 Dáil sitting and Sean Conlon recorded on sitting in 92 days. Fine Gael Deputy, Joe O Reilly recorded the lowest number of days in Cavan/ Monaghan td’s with 86 Dáil sittings.