Irish music has lost a legend – Smyth

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Arts and TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth says the Irish music industry has lost a legend following the announcement of the death of Big Tom McBride. “I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Big Tom this morning.  He was an Irish music legend and a true gentleman”, said […]



HSE decision to not automatically award medical cards to all cancer patients is disappointing – Smyth

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan Monaghan, Niamh Smyth has said that cancer patients in the constituency are incredibly disappointed at the outcome of a HSE review into the provision of automatic medical cards following a cancer diagnosis. Deputy Smyth was commenting after her party received a Parliamentary Question from the Minister for Health, Simon Harris […]


Minister must extend eligibility for Fodder Import Subsidy Scheme to all Co-ops and Private Feed Merchants – Smyth

– Overly restrictive Scheme smacks of a Minister playing catch up and devising policy on the go – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan, Niamh Smyth has called for the Fodder Import Subsidy Scheme announced by the Minister for Agriculture to be made available through all Co-Ops as well as private feed merchants. “The Scheme is […]


Long assessment lists for children with disabilities must be tackled – Smyth

– 128 children waiting for first assessment across Cavan & Monaghan – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has described as appalling, lengthy waiting lists for a first assessment for children with disabilities.  The latest figures from the HSE reveal that there are 128 children in Cavan and Monaghan on the list for an […]



Serious questions need to be answered about Creative Ireland marketing spend – Smyth

– Head of programme should come before PAC to explain budget allocation – Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Arts & Heritage Niamh Smyth has written to the Clerk of the Public Accounts Committee to invite officials from the Creative Ireland programme to appear before members to explain why almost one third of the €5m budget has […]


Smyth fears pensioners could be left short changed by proposed changes

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth says she is hugely concerned that Government proposals to change the pension system will have a further detrimental impact on thousands of pensioners. Commenting on the changes Deputy Niamh Smyth said, “I am concerned by the lack of information available surrounding the government’s plan to move to a […]


5 closed Garda Stations in Cavan/Monaghan awaiting outcome of Policing Authority Review

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has confirmed to Fianna Fáil Deputy Niamh Smyth that five closed Garda Stations in the Cavan-Monaghan Garda Division are awaiting the outcome of the Policing Authority Review. “Minister Paschal Donohoe has informed me that Redhills Garda Station in Cavan, Clontibret, Newbliss, Corrinshigago and Smithborough Garda Stations are awaiting […]


Minister confirmed additional €10 million for Local Improvement Scheme in 2018 but more needed

Smyth calls on Minister to increase funding to LIS for 10 years in effort to clear backlog Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth TD has called on the Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring to increase funding for the local improvement scheme. “The scheme was re-introduced in 2017 after being discontinued for […]