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 […]


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 […]