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 […]


Emergency Departments not the place for mental health care for children– Smyth

Fianna Fáil TD Niamh Smyth has said that the State’s failure to adequately provide out of hours service for Child and Adolescent Mental Service is disgraceful. Deputy Smyth was commenting after it emerged that there are 239 children and young adults in the CHO1 area which includes Cavan and Monaghan are waiting for the HSE […]


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 […]


Too many Cavan and Monaghan children waiting to see clinical psychologist – Smyth

– 105 children waiting in total, including 15 waiting longer than 12 months – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan Monaghan, Niamh Smyth has said that the delays being experienced by children and young adults in seeing a HSE psychologist is having a negative impact on their well-being and learning development. Deputy Smyth was commenting after […]


Smyth calls on all local TDs to back FF motion to protect rural post offices

– Implement PSO payment to keep at risk post offices open – Local Fianna Fáil TD, Niamh Smyth has called on all TDs for the constituency of Cavan-Monaghan to back her party’s Private Members Motion which calls on the Government to retain post office services in 159 communities where their respective postmasters or postmistresses have […]


Govt turning a blind eye to essential road investment projects – Smyth

– Extension of M3 & East-West link excluded from National Development Plan – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has raised a number of infrastructure issues relating to roads across the two counties directly with the Transport Minister. Minister Shane Ross was in Cavan and Monaghan earlier this week to discuss a range of […]


BoI move step in the right direction but Govt must move on rural services – Smyth

– Towns have lost Post Offices, bank branches & Garda stations under FG – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has welcomed a move by Bank of Ireland to extend its counter services in Bailieborough and Carrickmacross, however she is warning that more action is needed to secure the future of rural towns and […]


38 Vacancies within Cavan/Monaghan Hospital Group – Smyth

– 22 nursing positions still outstanding – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has received confirmation from the RCSI Hospital Group that 38 positions are vacant within the Cavan and Monaghan Hospital Group.  The bulk of the vacancies are in nursing. The figures came to light following a Parliamentary Question from Deputy Smyth. “The […]


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 […]