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 […]


Outrageous that 3 Garda Stations in Cavan/Monaghan do not have the PULSE system connected due to lack of broadband

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth TD says she is shocked that three Garda Stations in Cavan-Monaghan are not connected to PULSE due to a lack of broadband. “The Minister has informed me in a response to a Parliamentary Question I submitted that three Garda Stations in Monaghan and Cavan do not have the […]


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 […]


FF Bill would reduce cost of National Broadband Plan – Smyth

– New Govt Bill will only further delay roll out – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has called on the Communications Minister to use a Bill, published by her colleague James Lawless, to fast-track the rollout of the National Broadband Plan. The Planning and Development (Rapid Broadband) Bill, published in July 2017, would […]



Teacher shortage crisis highlighted by FF PMB – Smyth

– Many schools unable to source substitute teachers or specialist teachers in languages and sciences – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan, Niamh Smyth has said that there is a teacher shortage crisis at both primary and secondary level, and is calling for the Government to provide a long term plan to recruit and retain teachers […]


Minister’s fodder announcement does not go far enough – Smyth

– Meal voucher scheme urgently needed – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth says the Agriculture Minister must roll out a meal voucher scheme for farmers affected by the fodder crisis as a matter of urgency. She made the call following the announcement of a fodder transport subsidy by Minister Creed this week. Deputy […]