Heartbreak after father denied access to his child

A HEARTBROKEN mother and grandmother, whose son is being prevented from having any contact with his child, has spoken out on the profound impact parental isolation is having on their family. The local woman has issued an emotional appeal to social services, and the family of her grandchild, to understand the damaging affects of keeping her […]

Fermanagh’s future leaders take seats at the Townhall

THERE were no doubt a few future leaders among the St Kevin’s Student Council who had the opportunity to sample the workings of local government last week. Recently the students from the Lisnaskea college had the change to hold their first Student Council meeting of the new term in the chamber of Enniskillen Townhall. The Student Council, […]

It’s the end of the Fermanagh County Show as we know it

THE FERMANAGH County Show as we know it will not be taking place this year, with organisers announcing they are currently exploring “a new way forward” for the popular annual event, which is now in its 188th year. In a statement released yesterday (Tuesday) the County Fermanagh Farming Society Ltd said they had taken a decision […]

Fermanagh MLA makes rail plea in Stormont

A FERMANAGH MLA has taken the campaign to have Fermanagh included in the all-Ireland rail plan to the Assembly at Stormont. Yesterday (Tuesday) Áine Murphy MLA made a speech in the chamber urging Infrastructure Minister John O’Dowd, her Sinn Féin party colleague, to improve local public transport and to consider including the county in the All-Island Strategic […]

Major funding boost for Sligo to Enniskillen greenway

A FURTHER €1.5 million (£1.28 million) has been announced by the Irish government for the long-awaited Sligo to Enniskillen greenway. Nicknamed the ‘Marble Arch Greenway’, the proposed 75km walking and cycling route follows the former Sligo, Leitrim and Northern Counties Railway (SLNCR), connecting Enniskillen to Sligo via Belcoo and Blacklion. Last week it was announced […]

UUP Councillor wants to follow in father’s footsteps

FAMOUSLY one of the most fiercely contested constituencies in UK elections, when the people of Fermanagh South Tyrone (FST) go to the polls in a general election later this year there will at least one fresh new face on the ballot – Cllr Diana Armstrong. With current MP Michelle Gildernew recently announcing her intention to run in Europe this […]

ED waiting times surged in past year

WHILE waiting times from presentation to admission have increased slightly over the past year, there has been a significant increase at Altnagelvin. Figures for emergency department (ED) waiting times for December 2023 were released by the Department of Health last week. The figures showed an median wait of 14 hours, 19 minutes from presentation to treatment across […]

Calls increase to protect health scheme

THE FAMILY of a local man who recently avoided a traumatic hospital stay thanks to a pioneering local health project has called for the scheme to be protected in the long-term for the benefit of both patients and the health service. ‘Hospital at Home’ was first introduced by the Western Trust at four local care […]

Fermanagh care staff completely stressed out by system

A FERMANAGH carer has spoken out about the daily challenges in delivering care to those who need it in the local community, outlining how it is not a shortage of staff that is leading to issues, but the system itself. The frustrated carer reached out to the Herald in response to our reporting on the heartbreaking […]