‘Conflict of interest’ concern over St Mary’s closure

THERE have been renewed calls for the proposal to close St Mary’s Primary School in Fivemiletown to be withdrawn after it emerged one of the key officials to vote for the closure had an alleged conflict of interest. In January this year both the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) and the Education Authority (EA) earmarked […]

Sinn Fein, Jema Dolan

MLAs welcome decision on bereavement benefits

FERMANAGH MLAs have welcome the decision to extend bereavement benefits to cohabiting partners. The Department for Communities announced that those in the county – and the rest of the North – will have access to Bereavement Support Payment and Widowed Parent’s Allowance. This had only previously been available to both married and civil partnership couples. Now, this will be […]

Fermanagh MLAs react to pay cut

FERMANAGH’S MLAs have had their salaries cut by a whopping £14,000. The move was made by the UK Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Chris Heaton-Harris, following the continued failure of MLAs to elect a speaker for the Assembly at Stormont and to form an Executive government. This deduction of earnings by 27.5 per cent means that […]

Animal medicines should be removed from Protocol

CALLS have been made for “common sense” from both the United Kingdom (UK) government and the European Union (EU) for Fermanagh farmers and vets to have access to animal medicines. There were fears that the supply of veterinary treatments would be severely restricted to the North following the imposition of hard border in the Irish […]