Deputy Niamh Smyth is currently serving her first term as a TD for the Cavan-Monaghan Constituency in Dáil Éireann after being elected on her first time running in February 2016. She has since been appointed to the Frontbench as Spokesperson for Arts and Heritage by Fianna Fáil Leader Michéal Martin TD, Uachtarán Fhianna Fáil. Deputy Smyth is also President of the Fianna Fáil Women’s Network and runs regular events at Leinster House as part of her role.
Niamh keeps in touch with the day to day concerns of the community and her constituents by holding monthly clinics in Bailieborough, Ballybay, Ballinagh, Ballyhaise, Ballyjamesduff, Belturbet, Castleblayney, Carrickmacross, Cavan town, Clones, Cootehill, Kilnaleck, Kingscourt, Monaghan Town, Mullagh, Shercock, Redhills and Virginia. Local issues are highlighted to Niamh at her clinics and she brings them to the relevant Minister’s and authorities attention. Niamh seeks to protect the interests of the most vulnerable in the community and she has fought hard in recent times to support small local businesses. No matter how big or small an issue is Niamh will always do her best to help.
Further information on upcoming clinics can be found on Twitter @NiamhSmythTD and on Niamh Smyth TD’S Facebook page. If you require any assistance or support, Niamh’s Constituency Office number is 042-966 66 66.
Cavan County Council
Niamh was an elected member on Cavan County Council for two terms and in her last local election she topped the poll with 1800 votes in County Cavan.
After graduating from the National College of Art & Design as a secondary school teacher Niamh taught in a number of secondary schools. After some time teaching Niamh obtained a post graduate diploma from the University of Limerick in in Dance Education. In 2006 she completed her Masters Degree in Curatorial Studies in IADT Dun Laoghaoire.
Niamh currently holds the position as Arts Education Officer for Cavan Monaghan Education and Training Board providing Arts Programmes for all education sectors from the state of the art facilities in the Garage Theatre on the Education Campus in Monaghan town.
Niamh is involved in many community based organisations. She is the Secretary of the St. Patricks Day organising committee. She is the Chairperson of Bailieborough Community Alert who have completed a number of community based projects recently, including fundraising and buying new equipment for children with special needs in Bailieborough playground making it socially inclusive for all children. Niamh also assisted in applying for funding for a new footpath in Bailieboro to connect the town to the Castle Lake and Forest making it more accessible and safe for pedestrians.
Niamh is a board member of Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board, Economic, Social and Development Forum for Cavan County Council, Bailieborough Community School, Youthreach, Virginia Vocational School.
Promoting “Shop Local Saturday” Opening of footpath to Castle Lake
Niamh has a long tradition and family history in politics. Her Grand Uncle Paddy Smith was elected to Dáil Eireannat the tender age of 22. He was the longest serving Minister in the history of the State with 54 years od service and a number of Ministerial positions. He served his faithful Cavan Constituents and in particular the people of the Bailieborough Electoral Area, which Niamh emulates throughout her career.
Her Uncle Turlough Smith (RIP), former councillor, gave twenty years of service as a public representative voicing the issues and concerns of the people of the Bailieborough Electoral Area.
Niamh’s cousin, Michael Smith, also a former councillor, gave twenty years of service as a public representative in the Bailieborough Electoral Area.
It is Niamh’s intention and aspiration to further build on these political foundations by injecting a new energy and impetus into politics in order to ensure that a firm voice implements real change.