Enniskillen woman’s mayoral term ends

ENNISKILLEN woman, Trish Fivey, is stepping down from her role as Mayor of Sutton. Fivey, 61, is a former St Fanchea’s College pupil who also represented Northern Ireland at netball in her teenage years. She moved to London where she worked in the insurance sector for 30 years before being elected as a Liberal Democrat […]

Gildernew: Voters are fed up with cost of living crisis

VOTERS in Fermanagh last week sent out a clear message to Westminster that they are fed-up with the cost of living crisis. The MP for the county, Michelle Gildernew, stated that the electorate has reached the end of its tether with below-inflation wages and increased cuts to services. Sinn Fein topped the polls, not just […]

Demand for justice on Michael Leonard killing

A HUMAN rights activist has demanded that justice be given to the family of Michael Leonard 50 years after his killing by the RUC. Pettigo man Mr Leonard was shot by the RUC around 200 metres from the Donegal border at Letter on May 17, 1973. He had been a disqualified driver at the time. Afterwards […]

Greene slams Invest NI’s east of the Bann bias

A COUNCILLOR has hit out at Invest NI and former Fermanagh MLA, Arlene Foster, for creating a lop-sided investment balance between the County and regions east of the River Bann. Figures released earlier this month by The Independent Review of Invest NI showed that counties east of the Bann gained 72 per cent of Invest […]

Answers sought on decision not to prosecute Gallagher

THE decision not to prosecute Rory Gallagher for domestic abuse has been called into question by lawyers representing his wife Nicola. In a Facebook post earlier this month, Nicola Gallagher claimed she had suffered two decades of physical abuse from her estranged husband. Mr Gallagher, who played for and coached Fermanagh GAA, stepped down from his role […]

Tamlaght burnt out car believed to be deliberate

A BURNT out car found in Tamlaght is believed to have been deliberate. On Monday, may 15 at 2.15am, the Fire Service received a report of car of a fire on Belfast Road. A crew from Enniskillen was dispatched whereby they found the vehicle on flames near the Orange Hall in the village. A Northern […]

Common Ground project helping people connect via nature

A COONEEN farm is using a connection with the land to help Fermanagh folk improve their mental well-being. Robbie Breadon, who himself grew up on the farm, returned home after many years away in England to see if he could manage a centre that promoted healing via nature. Common Ground NI was duly set up […]

Leisure centres’ hours reviewed but report is on hold

A REVIEW into the Sunday opening hours of Fermanagh’s leisure centres has been carried out but residents will have to wait before its findings are published. The centres at Lakeland Forum (Enniskillen), Castle Park (Lisnaskea) and Bawnacre (Irvinestown) currently operate different hours on a Sunday in comparison to the Omagh Leisure Complex. Currently, Omagh opens […]

What happened when the ‘boys were back in town’?

IT was a night that Enniskillen would never forget. It was also a night that saw Fermanagh’s youth would be air guitarists overnight, where the RUC searched in vain for drugs and how one of Ireland’s most famous rockers was booted out of a local tea-shop. Thin Lizzy’s gig at Enniskillen’s Forum on April 3, […]

Children’s playgroup programme at risk thanks to cuts

A PLAYGROUP worker has spoken of the devastating effect that education cuts will have on children. Michelle McGrory from Newtownbutler Playgroup helps run ‘The Railway Kids Programme’ for young children aged two to three-years-old and has been funded by the Pathway Fund that was set up to enhance amongst other things, the pre-school sector. However, […]