Woman ‘left in the dark’ over smear test recall

A YOUNG pregnant woman has been left in a state of anxiety after she received a letter asking her to retake a smear test as part of the Western Trust’s Cervical Smear Tests Review. The woman is one of the 61 women from the Western Trust area who have been asked to re-take a smear […]


Laypeople set to replace priests at funerals

THE growing shortfall in priests could lead to members of the public becoming more involved in services in the Catholic Church. This includes inviting lay people to perform duties at funeral services. The newly ordained Clogher Diocese Bishop, Larry Duffy has said that addressing declining priest numbers will be a priority for him in his […]


Doctor issues advice as children treated for meningitis

A HEALTH warning has been issued in the wake of an outbreak of Meningitis. Local doctors have called on parents to be on the look out for symptoms of the deadly disease. In recent days the Public Health Agency (PHA) said it had been informed of two confirmed cases of meningococcal septicaemia in an unnamed […]


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

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 […]