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 […]


Five year wait for broadband connections under Govt National Broadband Plan – Smyth

– Minister confirms it will be 2023 before rural areas have access – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has slammed the Communications Minister for major delays in the roll out of broadband connections in rural areas.  More than 32,000 homes and businesses across Cavan and Monaghan fall under “State led intervention” category and […]


Govt housing plan is already behind schedule – Smyth

– Not one house completed under Rebuilding Ireland in Cavan in first half of 2017 – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth says families across the two counties are being let down by this Government, which is failing to provide enough homes.  New figures released by Fianna Fáil reveal that the Rebuilding Ireland programme […]


Smyth welcomes re-opening of Bawnboy Garda Station but more needed

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan Monaghan Niamh Smyth TD has welcomed the news that Bawnboy Garda Station is to re-open. “It has been confirmed this morning that Bawnboy is one of six Garda Stations to be re-opened.  The criteria considered by the Garda Commissioner for reopening the six stations under a pilot programme was set […]


Smyth calls for commitment on future of RTE Orchestras

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Arts & Culture Niamh Smyth has called on the Culture Minister to reaffirm Government support for the retention of RTE’s two orchestras.  There are genuine concerns that a merger of the symphony and concert orchestras could be on the cards as the State broadcaster conducts a review of orchestral services. Deputy […]


Govt must act to curb rural crime epidemic – Smyth

– Closed stations, reduced Garda numbers and lack of community policing leading to spike in burglaries – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has called on the Justice Minister to get serious about rising rural crime.  It has taken a number of high profile burglaries to put the issue on the Government agenda, despite […]


Smyth calls for urgent additional resources to address 3 month wait for driving test in Cavan and Monaghan.

Over 1,100 people await test date in Cavan and Monaghan Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan – Monaghan Niamh Smyth says the waiting times for the driving test in both counties are preventing some people from gaining employment. Deputy Niamh Smyth says, “I have been contacted by numerous young people applying for their test on the […]


Council must explore all avenues to undertake alley repair works – Smyth

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has called on Cavan County Council to secure funds to carry out repair works on two alleyways which connect the Drumbannon and Woodview estates in Cavan town. Costings for the works come to just over €30,000 and Deputy Smyth has been engaged in a 5 year battle with […]


Naughten must engage with stakeholders over Tyre Compliance Scheme – Smyth

– Proposed changes could risk local jobs – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has called on the Environment Minister Denis Naughten to meet with members of the tyre industry to discuss changes to the Tyre Compliance Scheme. Deputy Smyth has met with three of the country’s largest tyre wholesalers, who are all based […]


Minister Doherty ignoring MABS staff and volunteers as restructuring continues – Smyth

– MABS and CIS branches are being restructured without their consent – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has said Minister Regina Doherty’s decision to press ahead with the reorganisation of the Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) and the Citizens Information Service (CIS) shows complete disregard for the staff and volunteers in these […]