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 […]


Anomaly scanning service underway at Cavan General – Smyth

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan/Monaghan Niamh Smyth TD has received confirmation that the anomaly scanning service for pregnant women has commenced at Cavan General Hospital. Deputy Niamh Smyth says, “This is something that I have worked on tirelessly since my election last year. I have just received confirmation from the RCSI Hospital Group that the […]


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 […]


Hundreds of thousands of euro in LEADER funding tied up in red tape in Department – Smyth

– Projects have been approved but money hasn’t been distributed – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth says LEADER companies are losing out because the Department of Rural & Community Development has still not handed over more than €275,000 in approved funding. Deputy Smyth explained, “At the end of August this year 8 LEADER […]


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 […]