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Patrick Smith, frequently called Paddy Smith, (17 July 1901 – 18 March 1982) was a senior Irish politician. He served in a number of government positions under Éamon de Valera and Seán Lemass. He holds the distinction of being the longest-serving member of Dáil Éireann, having been a member for almost 54 years.

Born in Cootehill, County Cavan, Paddy Smith was involved in the 1916 Easter Rising and later in the Old IRA, during the War of Independence. An opponent of the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1922, Smith was first elected to the Dáil in the 1923 general election at age 22 as a Republican Teachta Dála (TD) for the Cavan constituency. He was also a founder-member of the Fianna Fáil political party in 1926. During his time as TD he served in the Cabinets of Éamon de Valera and Seán Lemass. He resigned from the government as Minister for Agriculture in 1964 in protest at the government's response to certain farming issues. Smith retired from politics at the 1977 general election at the age of 76.

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Oireachtas
Preceded by
Constituency redrawn
Sinn Féin Teachta Dála for Cavan
1923–1927
Succeeded by
Smith left Sinn Féin and joined Fianna Fáil
Preceded by
Smith was previously a member of Sinn Féin
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Cavan
1927–1977
Constituency abolished
Political offices
Preceded by
Patrick Little
Parliamentary Secretary to the Taoiseach
(Government Chief Whip)

1939–1943
Succeeded by
Eamonn Kissane
Preceded by
Seán Moylan
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance
1943–1947
Succeeded by
Seán O'Grady
Preceded by
James Ryan
Minister for Agriculture
1947–1948
Succeeded by
James Dillon
Preceded by
Michael Keyes
Minister for Local Government
1951–1954
Succeeded by
Patrick O'Donnell
Preceded by
Patrick O'Donnell
Minister for Local Government
Mar–Nov 1957
Succeeded by
Neil Blaney
Preceded by
Brendan Corish
Minister for Social Welfare
Mar–Nov 1957
Succeeded by
Seán MacEntee
Preceded by
Frank Aiken
Minister for Agriculture
1957–1964
Succeeded by
Charles Haughey
Father of the Dáil
1973–1977
Succeeded by
Liam Cosgrave
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