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 […]

Record year for local credit union with £9m in savings

IRVINESTOWN Credit Union gave out almost £3 million in local loans last year, and have seen a jump in its members’ savings to almost £9 million.  The town’s credit union recently held its AGM and were it was announced 2018 had been a year of growth.  Membership of the branch, which also provides the service […]


Lisnaskea woman Brenda rated best midwife in North

A LISNASKEA woman has been named Midwife of the Year, in recognition of her incredible work with new mums in Fermanagh. Brenda McCabe is the ‘Emma’s Diary Mums’ Midwife of the Year 2019’ for the North, which is one of the Royal College of Midwives’ annual midwifery awards. The award gives mothers the chance to […]


Councillors clash over town centre business rates

A ROW has broken out over a proposal to support town centre businesses, including by reducing rates, with some claiming it is unfair on businesses in rural areas. At the February meeting of the Council last week, Cllr Robert Irvine submitted a motion for the Council to reaffirm its “commitment to develop and support town […]

IT’s a JOKE: Outrage over new rates hike

WITH the council confirming pay awards and pension increases are among the reasons for yet another increase in rates, Fermanagh residents have hit out angrily at the hike.    District rates on both homes and businesses are to increase by a further 2.3 per cent this year, bringing the total increase in bills coming through […]


School site set for green light health centre

THE OLD Lisnaskea High School is being seriously considered as the site of the town’s much-needed new health centre.   At the recent meeting of the Western Trust’s Pathfinder project in Lisnaskea deputy chief executive Kieran Downey said the Trust was considering the site as the location of the new centre, in response to a […]


Local beauty spots to get National Geographic treatment

THE ICONIC National Geographic ‘yellow frames’ could soon be erected at two rural beauty spots across Fermanagh.  The massive steel structures, modelled on the famous magazine’s front page yellow border,  frame the landscape beyond and act as focal points for visitors’ photos.  A joint initiative between local action groups and the Department of Agriculture, the […]

Family’s mouse house nightmare

A YOUNG family who have been plagued by a mouse infestation since last autumn have pleaded with the Housing Executive to do something to end their nightmare.  The mother has told the Herald when the family moved into the home they found it was in a state of disrepair. Soon after they began having furry […]

Fears parts of Fermanagh missed in broadband upgrade

THERE have been claims some areas of Fermanagh were left out of a recent public consultation for much-needed broadband improvement as a result gaps in the county’s postcode system.  Households and businesses across Fermanagh had been urged to check if their postcode had been included on a list of areas due for an upgrade, as […]