Smyth demands immediate publication of North-South interconnector reviews

– Minister Naughten confirms both studies have been completed – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has called on the Communications Minister to immediately publish two independent reviews which examined the feasibility of undergrounding the North-South interconnector.  The reports also looked at compensation packages for affected land and property owners. The reviews, which were […]


FF calls for emergency meeting of Agriculture Committee to discuss impending fodder crisis

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth says the Agriculture Minister must come before the Oirechtas Committee on Agriculture to discuss his plans to deal with the impending fodder crisis. Her comments come following a decision by her party’s Agriculture Spokesperson Charlie McConalogue to write to the Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food […]


Rising cost of business insurance adding to rural isolation and risking jobs – Smyth

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan Monaghan Niamh Smyth has said that rising cost of insurance for businesses is having a devastating impact on the competitiveness and profitability of SMEs in this country. She says not only this it is adding to rural isolation in towns and villages. Deputy Smyth said, “I have a worrying number […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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.  […]