Work on Enniskillen bypass to resume

IT has been a long time coming, but the A4 Enniskillen bypass is back on the road. On Monday night, news emerged that Northern Ireland’s Minister for Finance, Caoimhe Archibald, has allocated over £16 million to help with the development of the long-awaited Enniskillen Southern Bypass. Up until now, the development has had its fair share […]

Cabinet Office’s view was to ‘let Bobby Sands die’

A NEW book by a respected Irish journalist has revealed the ultra-hard line a top civil servant had on the hunger strikes and that the Cabinet office’s approach to Bobby Sands was “let the hoor die”. In his memoir, ‘Eyewitness to War and Peace’, journalist Eamonn Mallie said he was shocked by the ferocity of the language […]

Local lineup confirmed for Fermanagh People’s Assembly

A FERMANAGH woman is set to chair the upcoming People’s Assembly meeting at the Westville Hotel in Enniskillen which will discuss what a new Ireland ‘might look like’. On Thursday, February 22, a large crowd is expected to attend the event, organised by Sinn Féin, which will give people living in the area the chance to […]

SOAS seeks meeting with NI Health Minister Robin Swann

NEWLY re-appointed Health Minister Robin Swann has been urged to commit to restoring emergency general surgery (EGS) at the SWAH. Campaign group Save Our Acute Services has already written to Minister Swann requesting an urgent meeting on the situation. The decision by the Western Trust to withdraw the EGS service at the Enniskillen hospital was announced a […]

Saving SWAH and fixing roads key for Fermanagh MLAs

SUPPORTING the South West Acute Hospital, improving infrastructure in Fermanagh and fighting for better public sector pay are the key priorities for our local politicians as they return to Stormont this week. After a two-year absence, the Northern Ireland Executive is finally back up and running and the elected representatives for Fermanagh and South Tyrone […]

‘DUP sold us a lie’, says TUV’s Crawford

A MEMBER of the TUV in Fermanagh, who erected a ‘Stop DUP Sell-out’ banner in Enniskillen, has said he ‘feels very strongly’ that action needs to be taken after the Stormont Executive was restored. After a two-year absence, the Stormont Executive returned on Saturday. Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill was elected as First Minister, with Emma […]

Gildernew gets €10k for breaking leg in Leinster House

SINN Féin’s Michelle Gildernew has received a €10,000 payout after breaking her leg in Leinster House in 2012. The MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone sought damages from the Houses of the Oireachtas in Dublin after falling down stairs while attending a committee meeting. She was paid a €10,000 settlement through the State Claims Agency in 2019. […]

Fermanagh farmers fears over new minister

THERE is a feeling of fear among Fermanagh farmers following Saturday’s appointment of Andrew Muir as the Minister at the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA). The Alliance MLA has no direct farming experience, and his party has already indicated it will be prioritising the environmental side of the departmental portfolio. While this should […]

Chamber unites in call for regional investment

AN SDLP motion on regional jobs and investment received unanimous support at Fermanagh and Omagh District Council. The motion expressed grave concern at the significant geographic disparities between those areas which have experienced economic prosperity and those areas which have been left behind. It noted with “grave concern” that Invest NI helped to create just 34 […]

Sinn Féin’s Gildernew wants to deliver euro ‘change’

AFTER serving as Fermanagh and South Tyrone MP for almost 20 years, Michelle Gildernew (pictured) is set to contest the upcoming European Parliament election. On Monday morning, the Eglish politician took to Sinn Féin’s social media where she confirmed that she will contest a seat in the Midlands/North West constituency election in June. If successful, […]