Smyth welcomes re-opening of Bawnboy Garda Station but more needed

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan Monaghan Niamh Smyth TD has welcomed the news that Bawnboy Garda Station is to re-open. “It has been confirmed this morning that Bawnboy is one of six Garda Stations to be re-opened.  The criteria considered by the Garda Commissioner for reopening the six stations under a pilot programme was set […]

Smyth calls for commitment on future of RTE Orchestras

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Arts & Culture Niamh Smyth has called on the Culture Minister to reaffirm Government support for the retention of RTE’s two orchestras.  There are genuine concerns that a merger of the symphony and concert orchestras could be on the cards as the State broadcaster conducts a review of orchestral services. Deputy […]

Govt must act to curb rural crime epidemic – Smyth

– Closed stations, reduced Garda numbers and lack of community policing leading to spike in burglaries – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has called on the Justice Minister to get serious about rising rural crime.  It has taken a number of high profile burglaries to put the issue on the Government agenda, despite […]

Smyth expects progress to be made on ending pension inequality

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth says she expects the Government to make progress on reversing the 2012 pension contribution changes.  Almost 35,000 people, including 25,000 women have seen their pension payments reduced as a result of the move by the Fine Gael-Labour Government. Deputy Smyth was commenting after a meeting of the Joint […]

Smyth encourages patients to consider Cross Border Directive

– Long waiting lists here adding to stress and anxiety – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth is urging patients languishing on waiting lists for procedures to consider applying for the Cross Border Directive.  The scheme provides an option for patients who are waiting for treatment in the public health system to go North […]

Ireland’s artistic reputation has to be protected – Smyth

– Allegations made by Gate Theatre staff must be fully investigated and staff must be supported – – Arts must be a safe space for practitioners and administrators alike – Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Arts, Culture and Heritage, Niamh Smyth has said that Ireland’s artistic reputation risks being severely damaged by the recent allegations of unacceptable behaviour […]

Smyth calls for urgent additional resources to address 3 month wait for driving test in Cavan and Monaghan.

Over 1,100 people await test date in Cavan and Monaghan Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan – Monaghan Niamh Smyth says the waiting times for the driving test in both counties are preventing some people from gaining employment. Deputy Niamh Smyth says, “I have been contacted by numerous young people applying for their test on the […]