Uncertainty over licences causing concern in Cavan-Monaghan – Smyth

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has warned there are increasing anxieties in Counties Cavan and Monaghan over the uncertainty in processing UK licences in exchange for Irish driving permits.   Deputy Smyth explained, “I have been contacted by many constituents who have grave concerns over the approach from the Minister for Transport and […]


Extra resources need to clear Disability and Carers application backlogs– Smyth

Carers waiting 16 weeks for applications to be finalised while Disability Allowance applicants waiting 14 weeks Fianna Fail TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has called on the Minister for Social Protection to put extra resources in place to deal with social welfare applications. This follows on from confirmation that it is taking 14 weeks to […]


Decision on Cootehill Family Resource Centre must be reconsidered – Smyth

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has urged the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to re-examine the decision which continues to leave Cootehill without a Family Resource Centre. Deputy Smyth commented, “I have been campaigning with my party colleague, Fianna Fáil Local Area Representative for Cootehill Aidan Fitzpatrick, for some time on this badly needed centre. The […]


Plans for Agri-food tariffs disastrous in border region -Smyth

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has warned against plans to introduce new arrangements for the border and to impose tariffs on products being exported from the Republic to the United Kingdom.   Deputy Smyth commented, “This plan will have massive ramifications on the Republic’s Agri-food sector if allowed to be introduced. We in the […]



Reimbursement of Freestyle Libre must be extended to all on Long Term Illness Scheme – Smyth

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has welcomed confirmation that the HSE agreed in principle to reimburse Freestyle Libre on an individualised basis but called for the device to be extended to all requiring it under the scheme. Deputy Smyth received confirmation from the HSE following parliamentary questions to the Minister for Health on […]


97,389 passport applications lodged with Passport Office in January 2019 – Smyth

– DFA must prepare itself for a further surge in applications after March 2019 – The Passport Service received 97,389 passport applications in January 2019 alone according to figures released to Cavan-Monaghan TD Deputy Niamh Smyth. This compares to 76,565 applications in January of last year. Commenting Deputy Smyth said, “I questioned the numbers of […]


Rising insurance costs destroying rural Ireland – Smyth

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has called on the government to tackle the rising insurance costs which are causing difficulties for constituents across Cavan-Monaghan. Deputy Smyth said “In my own areas of Cavan Monaghan we are limited on transport links and dependent on the road network. Rising insurance costs are bringing significant financial […]


Smyth calls for an increase of women’s refuges following the ratification of the Istanbul Convention

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan and President of the Fianna Fáil Women’s Network Niamh Smyth has called for greater supports for women in situations of domestic violence.   Speaking on International Women’s Day, Deputy Smyth commented “I was delighted to be present to see the ratification of the Istanbul Convention in Dáil Éireann this week. […]


More infrastructure needed in border region, less grandiose announcements – Smyth

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth is calling for greater investment in infrastructure for Cavan-Monaghan following recent enterprise announcements for the region.   Deputy Smyth commented “It is all well and good announcing investment for an enterprise centre, yet we have main streets lying empty and a non-existent motorway infrastructure for our counties.   […]