Mortgage rates could rise for home owners

FERMANAGH home owners on a soon-to-end fixed rate mortgage can expect a significant increase in repayments, a local broker has warned. Enniskillen-based mortgage broker, Vincent Donegan, said anyone coming off a fixed rate would see a big change, with many due to see their interest rates rise by around 3.5 per cent. With regard new […]

SWAH surgery future in the balance

GENERAL surgery will continue at the South West Acute Hospital (SWAH) but the Western Trust have warned that consultant surgeons need to be recruited in order to safeguard the long-term future of the service. Speculation has mounted in recent weeks that the SWAH would lose all emergency surgery facilities with the nightmare scenario of patients […]

Students praised for achieving in the face of adversity

ERNE Integrated College Principal, Jimmy Jackson-Ware, has commended both students and staff for achieving in the face of adversity. The principal was speaking at the College’s “Celebration of Student Achievement” – the first they have been able to stage since 2019. Like many schools, Erne Integrated College had to adapt and adjust in order to deliver […]

Homes lose power as pole in Coonian catches fire

RESIDENTS living in the area between Coonian and Roslea had their power supply knocked out following an electric pole catching fire. Flames were seen coming from the pole on the Grogey Road between Fivemiletown and Moan’s Cross around 7.30am on Tuesday, October 11. The Fire Brigade arrived close to 45 minutes later with the Electricity Board […]

BT employees having to use foodbanks

Veteran Fermanagh Trade Union activist, Jim Quinn, has warned the BT Group that striking workers will not be joining them in a race to the bottom. Workers at BT’s Broadmeadow Place centre in Enniskillen have gone out on strike seeking improvements to both pay and conditions. Quinn, who is part of the Fermanagh TUC umbrella […]

Teacher’s frustration at Aer Lingus seating fiasco

AN ENNISKILLEN woman has spoken of how Irish airliner, Aer Lingus, insisted on forcing both her and her husband to seat 20 rows apart on a long-haul flight from America. Catherine McCaig, 56, who is a teacher, said Aer Lingus’ staff in Seattle, USA were unfriendly and unhelpful as she pleaded with them to apply […]

Anger as Republican group accused of leafleting schools

UUP MLA, Tom Elliott has expressed outrage over reports that an Irish Republican group has been leafleting local schools. The leaflet, seen by The Fermanagh Herald, is from Lasair Dhearg – an Irish Socialist Republican organisation that was formed back in 2017. In it, the group speak out against the PSNI’s presence inside schools insisting that educational […]

St Mary’s pupils should be proud says Principal

THE Principal of St Mary’s College has said the ‘Class of 2022’ should be proud of themselves for their academic achievements in the face of Covid. Anne Flanagan, at the Irvinestown-based school’s certificates presentation, welcomed back those who left in the summer and praised them for finishing their schooling on a high. More so given their […]

Aidan’s on his bike for Bright Eyes Sanctuary

Maguiresbridge cyclist, Aidan Reihill, is getting on his bike next month to pedal for donations to help fulfil a friend’s last request. Reihill, who is 37 and is a former St Michael’s School pupil who currently works in marketing, is competing in next month’s Lakelander Gravel Grinder, Big Dog 100km Race, to raise funds for Bright […]

Fracking ban called for in the North

THE chairman of a Fermanagh environmental group has blasted fracking as “the fossil fuel industry’s pension plan”. Tom White of Belcoo Frack Free was commenting after British Prime Minister, Liz Truss, lifted the ban on fracking in England. Fracking is the practice of drilling for gas and oil from shale rock. However, fracking has proved to […]