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 […]


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 […]


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 […]