Fermanagh Community Transport threatened again


FERMANAGH Community Transport (FCT) is again under threat as proposed cuts are set to see the organisation’s budget reduced even further. Despite the growing need and demand across the rural community in Fermanagh for the organisation’s services, it remains in the firing line. “The proposed cuts would have an extremely adverse impact on the rural elderly and disabled here,” FCT […]


Fermanagh Council spent nearly £4m less than planned


FERMANAGH and Omagh District Council has almost £4 million in reserve despite constant rate hikes and some underwhelming public services lately. During the recent monthly meeting of the Council’s Policy and Resources Committee, it was revealed that the total net operating expenditure was £39.4m against a planned budget of £43.3m for 2023-24. Councillor Mark Ovens said that […]


Fermanagh Translink bus fares go up


ULSTERBUS passengers in Fermanagh will now have to dig deeper into their pockets as fares have gone up. Translink has announced that, following the decision by the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) to revise fares, most prices on Metro, NI Railways, and Ulsterbus were increased last Monday. However, this decision does not impact cross-border coach and rail fares. The majority of passengers will […]


Electric vehicle sales rising in Fermanagh


FERMANAGH may have the lowest sales of electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrids in Northern Ireland, but demand for them is still rising. The new statistics, provided by the Electric Vehicle Association Northern Ireland (EVANI) based on work by research organisation New AutoMotive, show that Fermanagh sold 15 EVs in April, which was two more than in the same […]


Charlie Lawson faces legal action over £50,000 debts


CHARLIE Lawson is facing legal action over unpaid debts of almost £50,000. The Enniskillen actor and former Coronation Street star opened Prestbury’s Farm Shop in Cheshire with his wife Debbie Stanley 12 years ago and was often seen behind the counter serving artisan cheese and meat. The business owed £37,000 when it went bust in 2018 and […]


Enniskillen man dies while on holiday in Thailand


AN Enniskillen man was preparing to return home for his godson’s birthday when he tragically died while on holiday in Thailand. Damien Melarkey had been nearly four weeks holidaying in the popular Southeast Asian country when he died suddenly just days before his flight home. “He died last Wednesday morning and was flying out on the Thursday […]


BT ‘fat cat’ in £3.7m payoff


BT GROUP has revealed it gave former boss Philip Jansen a £3.7 million final pay package despite the telecoms giant revealing lower profits and extending its cost-cutting efforts. One of these cost-cutting moves was to close the EE, formerly BT, call centre in Enniskillen last month. The firm’s latest annual report revealed that Mr Jansen’s total pay deal jumped […]


Diana Armstrong ‘inspired’ by late father West


THE UUP candidate in Fermanagh and South Tyrone has appealed to ‘the whole unionist family’ to rally behind her in the General Election as her late father instilled in her all the right qualities for the job. Diana Armstrong, the daughter of former UUP leader Harry West, is currently the sole unionist runner in the constituency after DUP leader […]


40-unit development at Sligo Road in Enniskillen


A NEW development on the Sligo Road in Enniskillen will bring 40 new homes to the area. The build is progressing to the first phase of 20 units, with an estimated handover for the full project aimed to be in early 2026. This general needs scheme is part of the local housing association Choice Housing’s commitment to […]


More junior doctors’ strike action in Fermanagh


FURTHER disruption to health services will be experienced in Fermanagh this week, due to the latest strike action being taken by junior doctors. This will run to 7am on Saturday. This follows two 48-hour walkouts last month from May 22-24. Patients are advised to expect widespread disruption to normal services. Health and Social Care Trust websites will […]