Smyth congratulates Anna Burns on Booker Prize win

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Arts & Culture Niamh Smyth has extended her congratulations to Man Booker Prize winner Anna Burns. Deputy Smyth said, “I want to congratulate Anna Burns on being the first ever Northern Irish author to win the Man Booker prize.  This is a huge achievement, and sees her following in the footsteps […]

New Bailieborough Garda Station still in planning stages three years after approval – Smyth

Government refuses yet again to give completion date for project Fianna Fáil Deputy Niamh Smyth says she is flabbergasted at the news that the planning stages for the new Garda District Headquarters in Bailieborough have still not concluded. Deputy Smyth commented, “Over the past number of months I have submitted a series of Parliamentary Questions […]

Minister confirms that Single Farm Payments will commence Tuesday 16th October – Smyth

1180 farmers in Cavan and Monaghan waiting to be paid ANC payments Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has received confirmation from the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed that the Single Farm Payment will commence next week. Speaking on the issue, Deputy Smyth said, “ The Minister has informed me following a Parliamentary Question […]

Arts Budget fails to support artists – Smyth

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Arts & Culture Niamh Smyth has expressed disappointment with the art’s budget saying it fails to support struggling artists. Following the announcement by Minister Paschal Donohoe, Deputy Smyth commented, “While the increased budget of some €36m to the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is welcome, the Department’s approach of […]

Smyth calls for Govt intervention to prevent job losses

– Serious concerns about impact of subsidence on local economy – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has called on the Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation to engage with local employers whose businesses have been affected by subsidence to ensure that they are given the necessary supports to continue to trade. Serious concerns […]

Govt must address delays in invalidity pension payments – Smyth

– Applicants waiting up to 10 weeks for approval –  Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has raised concerns about lengthy delays for people applying for the Invalidity Pension.  The Department of Employment & Social Protection has confirmed that the average waiting time for approval is ten weeks. Deputy Smyth said, “These figures reveal […]