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 […]

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 calls for urgent additional resources to address 3 month wait for driving test in Cavan and Monaghan.

Over 1,100 people await test date in Cavan and Monaghan Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan – Monaghan Niamh Smyth says the waiting times for the driving test in both counties are preventing some people from gaining employment. Deputy Niamh Smyth says, “I have been contacted by numerous young people applying for their test on the […]

Smyth to host public meeting on rural crime

– Anti-social behaviour, burglaries and reductions in Garda station opening hours to be discussed – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth is to host a public meeting on rural crime in the Bailie Hotel, Bailieborough on Monday 16th October at 7.30pm. Fianna Fáil Justice Spokesperson Jim O’Callaghan is the guest speaker on the night.  […]

Smyth appeals for common sense approach to slurry spreading deadline

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has appealed to the Agriculture Minister to use his discretion with regard to the deadline for slurry spreading.  Farmers across Cavan, Monaghan and Meath have been expressing concern that they will not be able meet the current deadline as a result of the wet weather experienced over the […]

Naughten must engage with stakeholders over Tyre Compliance Scheme – Smyth

– Proposed changes could risk local jobs – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has called on the Environment Minister Denis Naughten to meet with members of the tyre industry to discuss changes to the Tyre Compliance Scheme. Deputy Smyth has met with three of the country’s largest tyre wholesalers, who are all based […]

Minister Doherty ignoring MABS staff and volunteers as restructuring continues – Smyth

– MABS and CIS branches are being restructured without their consent – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has said Minister Regina Doherty’s decision to press ahead with the reorganisation of the Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) and the Citizens Information Service (CIS) shows complete disregard for the staff and volunteers in these […]

Smyth welcomes expansion of Music Generation

– Cavan/Monaghan included in latest phase of education programme – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan and Spokesperson on Arts & Heritage Niamh Smyth has welcomed the expansion of the Music Generation programme to 9 new areas across the country including Cavan-Monaghan. The national music education programme, which is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the […]