Health board ‘broke its word’ on future of SWAH stroke

THE Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) has come under fire for failing to announce the next proposed stage for stroke services in the South West Acute Hospital. The future of the unit at SWAH which has previously been recognised as the best performing facility in the North continues to be clouded with uncertainty. Now, […]

Record year for local credit union with £9m in savings

IRVINESTOWN Credit Union gave out almost £3 million in local loans last year, and have seen a jump in its members’ savings to almost £9 million.  The town’s credit union recently held its AGM and were it was announced 2018 had been a year of growth.  Membership of the branch, which also provides the service […]

Derrylin murder case delayed by police leave

THE man accused of killing four people in a house fire in Derrylin has had his case delayed again.  Daniel Sebastian Allen (28) whose address is given as Molly Road, Derrylin, but has been remanded in custody since his arrest, appeared at Enniskillen Magistrates Court via videolink from Maghaberry prison on Monday. The defendant faces […]


Fine for man with gout caught smoking cannabis in car

A MAN who was caught smoking cannabis in his car in Kesh has been fined. Michael Cecil James Roulston (30) of Ballinamallard Road, Omagh appeared at Enniskillen Magistrates Court on Wednesday charged with possessing a class B controlled drug, namely Cannabis. On June 27th 2018, police were on patrol when they got a call from […]


Lisnaskea woman Brenda rated best midwife in North

A LISNASKEA woman has been named Midwife of the Year, in recognition of her incredible work with new mums in Fermanagh. Brenda McCabe is the ‘Emma’s Diary Mums’ Midwife of the Year 2019’ for the North, which is one of the Royal College of Midwives’ annual midwifery awards. The award gives mothers the chance to […]


Councillors clash over town centre business rates

A ROW has broken out over a proposal to support town centre businesses, including by reducing rates, with some claiming it is unfair on businesses in rural areas. At the February meeting of the Council last week, Cllr Robert Irvine submitted a motion for the Council to reaffirm its “commitment to develop and support town […]


Patients facing lengthy delays in SWAH emergency

Patients were faced with lengthy waiting times and delays in admission as pressure mounted at the Emergency Department at the South West Acute Hospital over the weekend. It is believed that approximately 18 patients had been waiting on trolleys overnight on Monday 11 February. The Herald had asked the Trust to confirm how many patients […]


Man accused of ‘threatening to throw partner in Lough’

A NEWTOWNBUTLER man alleged to have assaulted his partner a number of times over the course of a week also threatened to “throw her in the lough”, a court has heard. Killian Lee McMackin (31), of Mill Hill Road, Newtownbutler, is charged with four counts of unlawfully assaulting the woman on dates between January 31 […]


Forum may be demolished to allow for new leisure centre

THE FUTURE of the Lakeland Forum – and whether or not it will be refurbished or replaced with a new leisure centre – will be up for public discussion in the coming weeks. The busy leisure centre in Enniskillen opened in 1976 and welcomes approximately 350,000 admissions each year but concerns have been raised about […]

IT’s a JOKE: Outrage over new rates hike

WITH the council confirming pay awards and pension increases are among the reasons for yet another increase in rates, Fermanagh residents have hit out angrily at the hike.    District rates on both homes and businesses are to increase by a further 2.3 per cent this year, bringing the total increase in bills coming through […]