Invitation for Submissions on Arts Policy
Niamh Smyth TD, Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on Arts and Heritage, is undertaking a major review of policy for the arts. Fianna Fáil believes the arts are an essential part of all our lives, enriching and empowering us in a democratic society. Access to and participation in the arts must be available to all citizens.
Niamh has a particular commitment to the role of education in the arts – from early childhood to mature adulthood; embracing school, out-of-school, community and voluntary activities.
Niamh is embarking on a series of regional consultations where she is meeting and listening to a wide range of people working in the arts. Meetings are planned for Dublin, Cavan, Galway, Kildare, and Cork in the coming weeks.
If you would like to attend one of these sessions, please contact Niamh at the address below. If you are unable to attend, but have ideas or suggestions that you would like to share, please do so by emailing Niamh at the same address.
Fáilteofar roimh aighneachtaí as Gaeilge.
NCAD BA Ed – Secondary School Art Teacher
UL – PGD – Dance Education
IADT – MA – Curatorial Studies
Art Teacher – St. Pauls Secondary School – Ballyfermot
Arts Education Officer – Monaghan VEC
Curator – Bailieborough Arts & Cultural Centre (www.wesleyanchapel.com)
Secretary: St. Patricks Day Parade Committee.
Member: Bailieborough Community Games.
Member: Bailieborough Foróige.
County Cavan Activities
Member: Community, Social & Emergency Service SPC – Cavan County Council
Member: Cavan VEC / Cavan VEC Youth Service
Member: Cavan Institute
Member: Cavan Adult Education Board
Member: County Development Board,
Member: Cavan Community and Voluntary Forum,
Bailieborough Constituency Office Clones Ulster Canal Stores Monaghan Town Squealing Pig Ballybay Liam Smyth’s Pub Castleblayney Old Coach Inn Carrickmacross Shirley Arms Hotel Ballyconnell Anglers Rest Killeshandra Lough Bawn Hotel Arva Breffni Arms Hotel Kingscourt Dun a Ri Hotel Shercock St Patricks Hall Cootehill The White Star Redhills McCaffreys Lounge Ballyhaise Community Centre Mullagh St. Killians Heritage Centre Virginia Riverfront Hotel Ballyjamesduff St. Josephs Hall Ballinagh Community Centre Cavan Town Paddy Smith House, Church St. Please contact my office on 042 966 66 66 or 01 618 3492 for clinic times and dates in your area. Clinics are also advertised regularly on my Facebook page.
Elected to Cavan County Council for the Bailieborough Electoral Area in June 2009 on her first attempt, Niamh comes from a long tradition of political service. Her Grand Uncle, Paddy Smith was elected to Dáil Éireann aged 22 and served as a TD and Minister for 54 years.
Both her uncle, Turlough Smith and her cousin Michael Smith have served on Cavan County Council for the Bailieborough Electoral Area. They worked hard to ensure that the voices of their constituents were listened to in the Council Chamber
Niamh wants to continue their hardwork for her constituents on Cavan County Council. Over the next five years, Niamh aims to implement the following:
• Business Support Unit to be established in Cavan County Council to protect and provide local jobs.
• Upgrading roads, footpaths, street lights and broadband.
• Primary School Dental Care.
• Use the Arts as a means of encouraging young people to be involved in their community and using their talents and energy in a positive way.
• Better community services for the elderly and the disabled.
• Better prices for dairy and beef farmers.