Minister’s fodder announcement does not go far enough – Smyth

– Meal voucher scheme urgently needed – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth says the Agriculture Minister must roll out a meal voucher scheme for farmers affected by the fodder crisis as a matter of urgency. She made the call following the announcement of a fodder transport subsidy by Minister Creed this week. Deputy […]



Five year wait for broadband connections under Govt National Broadband Plan – Smyth

– Minister confirms it will be 2023 before rural areas have access – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has slammed the Communications Minister for major delays in the roll out of broadband connections in rural areas.  More than 32,000 homes and businesses across Cavan and Monaghan fall under “State led intervention” category and […]


Govt housing plan is already behind schedule – Smyth

– Not one house completed under Rebuilding Ireland in Cavan in first half of 2017 – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth says families across the two counties are being let down by this Government, which is failing to provide enough homes.  New figures released by Fianna Fáil reveal that the Rebuilding Ireland programme […]


Serious staff shortages in Child Mental Health Services must be addressed – Smyth

– Only half of recommended posts have been filled – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has expressed her frustration with the lack of urgency being adopted by the Health Minister and the HSE in filling essential staff posts in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. New figures released to Fianna Fáil reveals […]



Smyth calls for concrete guarantees on Over Age Exemption for children with disabilities

– Additional year vital resource for children preparing for primary school – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has welcomed the Children’s Minister’s decision to hold a consultation process with parents of children with disabilities ahead of proposed changes to the Over Age Exemption in the free pre-school programme. The Minister announced the process […]


Border roads to suffer as Government cuts funding for maintenance – Smyth

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth says she is alarmed by the revelation that the Government has cut the 2018 roads maintenance budget by 30%. Deputy Smyth made the comments after Fianna Fáil’s Transport Spokesperson Robert Troy questioned Minister Shane Ross in the Oireachtas earlier this week. Deputy Smyth said, “Fianna Fáil has obtained […]


Parents raise serious concerns over withdrawal of Over Age Exemption for children with disabilities – Smyth

– Additional year vital resource for children preparing for primary school –   Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth says parents of children with disabilities have been contacting her offices in despair, following a decision by the Minister for Children & Youth Affairs to cut the Over Age Exemption in the Early Childhood Care […]


Smyth remembers “people’s poet” Patrick Kavanagh on 50th anniversary of his death

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Arts & Heritage Niamh Smyth has described renowned Irish poet and novelist Patrick Kavanagh as a “lyrical and satirical master”.  She was speaking after she attended a ceremony in Inniskeen to mark the 50th anniversary of the Monaghan writer’s death. Deputy Smyth commented, “There is no doubt that Patrick Kavanagh is […]