Niamh Smyth

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Séamus Dooley, the NUJ’s Irish secretary, attending the Oireachtas media committee. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government has offered “precious little clarity” on how it will tackle the financial situation at RTÉ and made “no real recognition” of the “tsuna(...)

Green TD Neasa Hourigan will chair the Committee on Budgetary Oversight, despite losing her speaking rights after voting against the Government in the last Dáil session. Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

James Lawless, the Kildare North Fianna Fáil TD who was passed over for promotion to a junior ministry this week, has been named chair of the Oireacht(...)

Spectacular view of Mullaghmore Head in Co Sligo. Many politicians are heading for the Wild Atlantic Way during their time off. Photograph: iStock

Flare-ups between politicians in the final hours before Dáil Éireann rises for the summer recess are par for the course, but there was an edge to exch(...)

Leo  Varadkar may give junior portfolios to some who will lose their Cabinet position. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall

Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Greens will appoint 20 ministers of state, known as junior ministers, if the coalition deal is ratified by their partie(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Niamh Smyth said: “This has caused considerable shock to the staff, patients and residents in Counties Cavan and Monaghan”.

Midwife representative groups have called for the protection of midwifery-led maternity units (MLUs), adding that the closure of the units would lead (...)

Speaking during a debate on the impact of the pandemic on the arts, Jospeha Madigan said ‘there will also be a much bigger focus on digital technologies for this year’s event’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Culture Night will be an online event this year, Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan has told the Dáil because of the Covid-19 crisis. One of the mo(...)

Fianna Fáil’s  Niamh Smyth: “While I do not expect us to be matching funding set by the German or English governments, the sums involved show they clearly value their arts community more than the outgoing Government here”

The Arts Council was clearly taken aback by the ferocious response to last week’s announcement of measures to support artists, arts workers and cultur(...)

Niamh Smyth Fianna Fail

The 32nd Dáil proved a major learning curve for Niamh Smyth (41) when just a year after being elected for the first time in 2016 she had a baby girl,(...)

Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy has topped the poll in Cavan-Monaghan, ahead of Minister for Business Heather Humphreys. Photograph: Jack Horgan-Jones

The final two seats in Cavan-Monaghan have been won by Fianna Fáil, with neither candidate achieving a quota. Former minister for agriculture Brendan(...)

The hustings, with all major parties represented at Project Arts Centre in Dublin was hosted by the National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA) coalition

One of the recurring issues at the Election 2020 arts hustings was the precarious nature of working in the arts, including the difficulty in accessing(...)

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