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 […]

Latest litter initiative must do more to clamp down on illegal dumping – Smyth

– Parts of Cavan still blighted by fly tipping despite Govt measures – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth says she hopes the latest government initiative to tackle illegal dumping is backed by manpower and resources.  She was responding to a €2m announcement by Minister Denis Naughten which he claims will see a “targeted […]

HSE says new Killeshandra Primary Care Centre will be delivered next year

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan/Monaghan Niamh Smyth has received confirmation from the HSE that the Killeshandra Primary Care Centre will be delivered in 2019. “The Health Service Executive has informed me that they have identified a preferred provider and that this new provider has commenced the process of designing the Primary Care Facility. I understand […]

Minister must clarify criteria for fodder transport scheme – Smyth

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has called on the Agriculture Minister to clarify what criteria must be met to qualify for the fodder transport scheme.  The measures were announced last month but there’s confusion over whether all farmers will be able to avail of the subsidy. Deputy Smyth explained, “Minister Creed needs to […]

Border Region left behind in LEADER programme grants – Smyth

– Not one cent has been paid out under the current programme – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has expressed shock after it was revealed that the Department of Rural & Community Development has not spent one cent on LEADER projects in either of the two counties. Information provided to Fianna Fáil shows […]

Outrageous that 3 Garda Stations in Cavan/Monaghan do not have the PULSE system connected due to lack of broadband

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth TD says she is shocked that three Garda Stations in Cavan-Monaghan are not connected to PULSE due to a lack of broadband. “The Minister has informed me in a response to a Parliamentary Question I submitted that three Garda Stations in Monaghan and Cavan do not have the […]

Govt must act on Digital Safety Commissioner – Smyth

– Parents need guidance to help protect their kids from online predators Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan and North Meath Niamh Smyth has called on Minister Katherine Zappone to put pressure on the Communications Minister and the Taoiseach to appoint a Digital Safety Commissioner. Deputy Niamh Smyth has criticised the government’s lack of action on […]