Irish music has lost a legend – Smyth

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Arts and TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth says the Irish music industry has lost a legend following the announcement of the death of Big Tom McBride. “I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Big Tom this morning.  He was an Irish music legend and a true gentleman”, said […]


HSE decision to not automatically award medical cards to all cancer patients is disappointing – Smyth

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan Monaghan, Niamh Smyth has said that cancer patients in the constituency are incredibly disappointed at the outcome of a HSE review into the provision of automatic medical cards following a cancer diagnosis. Deputy Smyth was commenting after her party received a Parliamentary Question from the Minister for Health, Simon Harris […]


Minister must extend eligibility for Fodder Import Subsidy Scheme to all Co-ops and Private Feed Merchants – Smyth

– Overly restrictive Scheme smacks of a Minister playing catch up and devising policy on the go – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan, Niamh Smyth has called for the Fodder Import Subsidy Scheme announced by the Minister for Agriculture to be made available through all Co-Ops as well as private feed merchants. “The Scheme is […]


Long assessment lists for children with disabilities must be tackled – Smyth

– 128 children waiting for first assessment across Cavan & Monaghan – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has described as appalling, lengthy waiting lists for a first assessment for children with disabilities.  The latest figures from the HSE reveal that there are 128 children in Cavan and Monaghan on the list for an […]


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 […]