Smyth presses need for Dublin to Kingscourt rail line with Minister

– Transport Minister comes to Kingscourt to discuss rail feasibility –  Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has met with the Transport Minister to discuss the possibility of extending rail services from Dublin to Kingscourt.  Minister Ross came to Kingscourt on Tuesday following an invitation from Deputy Smyth. “With passenger numbers on the increase […]

Smyth calls on all local TDs to back FF motion to protect rural post offices

– Implement PSO payment to keep at risk post offices open – Local Fianna Fáil TD, Niamh Smyth has called on all TDs for the constituency of Cavan-Monaghan to back her party’s Private Members Motion which calls on the Government to retain post office services in 159 communities where their respective postmasters or postmistresses have […]

Govt turning a blind eye to essential road investment projects – Smyth

– Extension of M3 & East-West link excluded from National Development Plan – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has raised a number of infrastructure issues relating to roads across the two counties directly with the Transport Minister. Minister Shane Ross was in Cavan and Monaghan earlier this week to discuss a range of […]

BoI move step in the right direction but Govt must move on rural services – Smyth

– Towns have lost Post Offices, bank branches & Garda stations under FG – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has welcomed a move by Bank of Ireland to extend its counter services in Bailieborough and Carrickmacross, however she is warning that more action is needed to secure the future of rural towns and […]

Families left frustrated as bus tickets refused days before school resumes- Smyth

– Eligible Children fail to receive bus tickets in time for school Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan and Monaghan Niamh Smyth says hundreds of families have been left frustrated as the government continues to let families down over its handling of the allocation of places under the School Transport Scheme. Deputy Smyth said, “Dozens of […]

Patients losing out on illness benefit as Govt tries to impose new system on GPs – Smyth

– New illness benefit forms issued without consultation with doctors – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth its urging the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection to engage with GPs over the introduction of new Illness Benefit forms. Doctors across the country are refusing to use the new forms, and are continuing to […]

Long assessment lists will lead to larger problems down the line – Smyth

– Patients being forced to go private to secure assessments – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth is warning of seriously delayed treatments for people with disabilities as waiting lists for assessments for a range of specialties. Deputy Smyth explained, “I have been contacted by a number of GPs who have expressed deep frustration […]

38 Vacancies within Cavan/Monaghan Hospital Group – Smyth

– 22 nursing positions still outstanding – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has received confirmation from the RCSI Hospital Group that 38 positions are vacant within the Cavan and Monaghan Hospital Group.  The bulk of the vacancies are in nursing. The figures came to light following a Parliamentary Question from Deputy Smyth. “The […]

FF calls for emergency meeting of Agriculture Committee to discuss impending fodder crisis

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth says the Agriculture Minister must come before the Oirechtas Committee on Agriculture to discuss his plans to deal with the impending fodder crisis. Her comments come following a decision by her party’s Agriculture Spokesperson Charlie McConalogue to write to the Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food […]