Cross-Border Directive delays causing great anxiety for patients – Smyth

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan, Niamh Smyth, says problems with the Cross-Border Directive are a double insult for those who are forced to travel across the border for routine procedures which should be available here.   The Border Region TD was commenting as media reports reveal patients are waiting over 12 weeks for reimbursement.   “The lengthy backlogs, […]


Government still slow to wake up to insurance crisis – Smyth

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan, Niamh Smyth, says it’s high time the Government woke up to the public liability insurance crisis which is seeing sports clubs, play centres, pubs, bars and other businesses closing their doors in Cavan and Monaghan.   An investigation will be launched into the public liability insurance market by the Competition […]


Plans to deliver Specialist Palliative Care Unit for Cavan & Monaghan ongoing – Smyth

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan –Monaghan Niamh Smyth has received confirmation from the Minister for Health Simon Harris that plans to develop a specialist palliative care unit for the people of Cavan and Monaghan are ongoing. “I have been advised by Minister Harris that the HSE is continuing to work towards the provision of a […]



Full report should be published as DPC find Dept. of Social Protection in breach of Data Protection laws – Smyth

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan, Niamh Smyth TD, says the full report by the Data Protection Commission (DPC) into the activities of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection’s processing of personal data in relation to Public Service Cards (PSC) should be published immediately.   The Department has three weeks to stop all processing […]



Govt must rethink scrapping of Rehabilitative Training Bonus payment – Smyth

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan, Niamh Smyth TD, says the government must rethink their scrapping of the Rehabilltative Training Bonus payment. More than 400 people with disabilities are set to miss out on a payment of €31.80 a week following the decision to scrap the rehabilitative training allowance.  The payment was introduced in 2001 when Micheál […]


After all that happened in 2018, how could CervicalCheck decide in 2019 not to communicate with women – Smyth

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan, Niamh Smyth, expressed her disappointment that after all the CervicalCheck controversaries during 2018, a conscious decision could be taken not to communicate with women about their tests.    Deputy Smyth commented, “The report carried out by Professor Brian MacCraith rightly highlights ‘a constant theme of women frustrated by poor service and […]


Any new changes to Garda divisions should ensure communities are put first – Smyth

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan, Niamh Smyth, says she has grave concerns over reports on plans to merge Garda Divisions nationwide and particularly across the Border Region.   Deputy Smyth has expressed concern that under draft plans from Garda HQ the Cavan-Monaghan division would be merged with the Louth division into a vast ‘Super Garda Division’.   “It is […]