Raised eyebrows at new weight loss surgery at SWAH

THERE has been a mixed reaction to news SWAH could be getting the North’s first ever weight loss surgery centre, with some suggesting the money should be spent on reducing current waiting lists.  The Department of Health this week announced it was planning on opening its first ever centre for bariatric surgery, and it was […]

Care home

New plans to reopen nursing home to free up SW hospital

DRUMCLAY Nursing Home could be reopened in the near future, with the Western Trust considering taking over the shut-down home, the Herald can reveal.  Currently a third of all patients at SWAH each week are over the age of 85, while over half are over the age of 70. Deputy chief executive of the Western […]


‘New momentum’ in campaign to restore Roslea GP surgery

ROSLEA patients have called for an enquiry into why the village GP surgery was closed almost two years ago.  Speaking following a well-attended and heated Pathfinder meeting, held by the Western Trust in Roslea last week, local activist John McCluskey said the campaign for a new surgery in the area had taken on “a new […]


Roslea puts health bosses under the cosh

  THERE were angry scenes in Roslea on Monday night when the people of the area gathered to demand the Western Trust take urgent action to immediately restore GP services in the area.  During one of the last in a series of Pathfinder meetings, held by the Trust across the district to get public views […]


Council spends over £100k on surveys for four buildings

THE COUNCIL has spent almost £100,000 of rate payers’ money on condition surveys for just four of its buildings so far this year. In an update to the February meeting of the Council’s policy and resources committee, covering the period ending December 31, an outline was included of capital spending by the Council so far […]


Border plans had Fermanagh joining up with the South

THE BORDER was only ever meant to be temporary, and the only reason Fermanagh was placed north of it was over fears of potential unionist violence. With so much focus currently on the post-Brexit future of the border, history lecturer Dr Conor Mulvagh has been looking back in at its origins. Writing in the Irish […]


Garda call for PSNI ’copter to help fight crime

DONEGAL gardai have called for PSNI helicopters to be allowed to cross the Fermanagh/Donegal border to tackle the “plague” of dangerous driving and cross-border crime. Earlier this month Brendan O’Connor from the Donegal Garda Representative Association (GRA), pointing out Donegal was isolated from the gardai’s own air support in Dublin, called on the PSNI chopper […]