School uniform costs hitting parents in the pocket

A COUNCILLOR has slammed rising school uniform costs which are causing more financial strain on parents struggling through the cost of living crisis. Research from the Parent Engagement Group discovered that the average cost for a post-Primary school uniform in the North came in at an eye-watering £378. The group found that items in obscure […]

School uniform funding criteria must be changed

THE criteria for financial aid to help cover crippling school uniform costs must be lowered insists a local support group. Community Action Fermanagh (CAF) state that too many parents are denied monetary help to cover the costs of school uniforms because they are not unemployment and deemed to be earning a ‘high income’ to be […]

Kesh footbridge upgrade work due to commence

KESH Bridge is due to get a new look after the Department of Infrastructure (DfI) gave the green light for an upgrade. In collaboration with the Council, the DfI announced that work to the footbridge and retaining walls will start on August 15. The work will include repairs to the river channel retaining wall and replacement […]

Barbara honours Barrie with brain tumour fundraiser

By Matthew Leslie A LISBELLAW woman has raised over £1,000 for brain tumour charities to mark the 20th anniversary of her brother’s death. Barbara McQuigg, who runs the Tea4U Community Cafe in Enniskillen, lost her brother Barrie who had died of a brain tumour, aged 24. Barrie had a bright future ahead of him. A […]

Maria pays tribute to mum with art exhibition

By Matthew Leslie LEITRIM-based artist, Maria Noonan-McDermott, says her “Time Lapse” exhibition at the Ardhowen Theatre in Enniskillen encapsulates not only living with her late mother’s Alzheimer’s but how she became closer to her during the final years. Maria’s mum, Maisie Noonan, passed away last year aged 86 and been suffering with Alzheimer’s Disease for the […]

Holiday of a lifetime is saved for Thomas and family!

A Derrylin family has expressed their gratitude to The Fermanagh Herald after we stepped in to help their son get his passport. The Bullock family had last year booked a £9000 dream holiday to South Africa and are due to fly out on August 7. Last April, the family sent off a passport renewal application […]

Blue Green Yonder riding on Castle Island crest of wave

By Matthew Leslie “We firmly believe that a parent’s financial circumstances should never, ever be a barrier to a child experiencing in what we have to offer,” insists Blue Green Yonder managing director, Caolán Faux. The water adventure firm, recently set up base on Castle Island in Enniskillen offering a raft of activities such as canoeing, kayaking, […]

Concern over asbestos in Housing Executive properties

By Matthew Leslie Concerns have been voiced over the numbers of Housing Executive properties that contain asbestos. Figures obtained by SDLP MLA, Patsy McGlone, from Communities Minister, Deirdre Hargey, revealed that close to 50,000 families in the North who are house in Housing Executive accommodation are living with asbestos. The statistics showed that properties within the […]

EU takes legal action over NI Protocol Bill

By Matthew Leslie WORKERS, farmers and businesses in Fermanagh deserve certainty states MLA Jemma Dolan following the latest Protocol row between Britain and the European Union. Ms Dolan was speaking after the EU’s executive arm, the European Commission, launched four legal cases against the UK after the House of Commons in Westminster last week passed a […]

DeSouza hosts All-Ireland Women’s Hour forum

By Matthew Leslie FERMANAGH-BASED writer and campaigner, Emma DeSouza, has chaired an all-women’s online forum to discuss the evolving identities present on the island of Ireland. A number of speakers were present including award-winning poet, Nandi Jola, Bronagh Hinds who was a founding member of the NI Women’s Coalition and Leanne Abernathy from Women in […]