Govt ignoring Border region in Foreign Direct Investment announcements – Smyth

– Multinational investment needed to ensure economic stability – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has hit out at the Business Minister following her claim that she’s prioritising the Border region.  Minister Humphreys has been in the Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation for almost one year yet during all of 2017 there were […]


Children suffering as HSE delays appointment of Assessment of Needs Officer – Smyth

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has hit out at HSE management for the continued delay in recruiting an Assessment of Needs Officer for children with disabilities.  This position has been vacant since last September and has led to major backlogs in the system. Deputy Smyth explained, “Cavan and Monaghan have the highest waiting […]


New Bill will prevent Govt’s ‘one-size fits all approach’ to job activation – Smyth

  “The Government must stop its attempt to implement a ‘one-size fits all approach’ to job activation, and ensure that people are allowed to continue to take part in important community-based schemes,” said Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth. Deputy Smyth was commenting following the launch of her party’s Social Welfare (Community Employment) Bill […]


New Post Office deal welcome but rural post offices still at risk –Smyth

– Communities with less than 500 people at risk of losing local post office- Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan, Niamh Smyth has said that while the financial stabilisation in An Post’s position is welcome, she is concerned about the future of up to 200 post offices in less populated communities. Deputy Smyth was commenting after […]


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 […]