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 must follow through on Bereavement Counselling services – Smyth

– No services available for families in Cavan and Monaghan – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has called on the Minister for Health to ensure that the HSE continues discussions with Pieta House to establish a bereavement counselling service for families in Cavan and Monaghan. Deputy Smyth has expressed her frustration that the […]


Smyth condemns move to remove respite services at Lisdarn

– No service left in Cavan town – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has condemned a decision by the HSE to remove respite services from the Lisdarn Unit for the Elderly in Cavan town.  The move has left Cavan town and the west of the county without any access to respite care. Deputy […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]