Smyth congratulates Anna Burns on Booker Prize win

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Arts & Culture Niamh Smyth has extended her congratulations to Man Booker Prize winner Anna Burns. Deputy Smyth said, “I want to congratulate Anna Burns on being the first ever Northern Irish author to win the Man Booker prize.  This is a huge achievement, and sees her following in the footsteps […]


Emergency Departments not the place for mental health care for children– Smyth

Fianna Fáil TD Niamh Smyth has said that the State’s failure to adequately provide out of hours service for Child and Adolescent Mental Service is disgraceful. Deputy Smyth was commenting after it emerged that there are 239 children and young adults in the CHO1 area which includes Cavan and Monaghan are waiting for the HSE […]


Smyth demands immediate publication of North-South interconnector reviews

– Minister Naughten confirms both studies have been completed – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has called on the Communications Minister to immediately publish two independent reviews which examined the feasibility of undergrounding the North-South interconnector.  The reports also looked at compensation packages for affected land and property owners. The reviews, which were […]


Govt turning a blind eye to essential road investment projects – Smyth

– Extension of M3 & East-West link excluded from National Development Plan – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has raised a number of infrastructure issues relating to roads across the two counties directly with the Transport Minister. Minister Shane Ross was in Cavan and Monaghan earlier this week to discuss a range of […]


BoI move step in the right direction but Govt must move on rural services – Smyth

– Towns have lost Post Offices, bank branches & Garda stations under FG – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has welcomed a move by Bank of Ireland to extend its counter services in Bailieborough and Carrickmacross, however she is warning that more action is needed to secure the future of rural towns and […]


38 Vacancies within Cavan/Monaghan Hospital Group – Smyth

– 22 nursing positions still outstanding – Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has received confirmation from the RCSI Hospital Group that 38 positions are vacant within the Cavan and Monaghan Hospital Group.  The bulk of the vacancies are in nursing. The figures came to light following a Parliamentary Question from Deputy Smyth. “The […]


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 […]