Clashes in council chamber over universal credit uplift

MEMBERS of the local Council have cl ashed over the extension of the Universal Credit (UC) ‘uplift’ £20 payment, with some referring to claims of ‘electioneering’ ahead of next year’s Assembly poll. The SDLP’s Councillor Adam Gannon expressed disappointed by a response by the Minister for Finance in response to a call to maintain the […]

Popular park to be closed all summer for revamp project

ONE OF Fermanagh’s most historic parks is to get a major makeover, however it unfortunately has to be closed for the whole of the summer to allow the work to be carried out. Last week the Council announced Forthill Park will close on April 12 to allow the £200,000 refurbishment works to get underway. With […]

Councillors shocked and angered by A5 project delay announcement

THE announcement of a delay to the A5 project was met with shock and anger during a reconvened meeting of the local Council’s Regeneration and Community Committee. “It’s a shocking indictment of decades of ineptitude in Stormont.” Highlighting risks, SDLP Councillor Mary Garrity, pictured below right, said, “Unfortunately, lives have been lost, and many of them.  […]

Council reports £3.7 million budget surplus

LOCAL councillors have been effectively censored from commenting publicly after figures were disclosed on the authority’s current financial position, as well as learning significant sums have been loaned out to two other councils. During the recent Policy and Resources Committee meeting, members heard by 31 December 2020 the council ran a budget surplus of £3.7 million and […]

Getting geared up for St Patrick’s

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council are now inviting expressions of interest from constituted groups from across the district who are keen to take part in this year’s St Patrick’s Festival. The Council would like to hear from any constituted community, arts, sports, cultural, heritage, linguistic or other groups who would like to take part in […]

Major plan to tackle anti-social car park problem

DRASTIC measures are being consider in a bid to control the escalating anti-social behaviour at a local car park, including completely redesigning its layout. Quay Lane Car Park in Enniskillen has for many years been a gathering spot for young people in cars, and there have often been incidents of anti-social behaviour. However, in recent […]

Man of vision ‘had a huge impact on life in Fermanagh’

MOURNERS at the funeral of Gerry Burns, the former Fermanagh District Council chief executive heard his son John describe him as ‘selfless and kind’, an example to his children in how to love and care for each other. Those words were met with a round of applause by the congregation at the Requiem Mass in […]

Tributes paid to councillor who ‘put Fermanagh first’

TRIBUTES have been paid to the late Ulster Unionist Councillor Eddie Elliott (96) who passed away peacefully at the South West Acute Hospital on Saturday.  Colleagues in the UUP said that Mr Elliott’s death brings “a loss of a great advocate in Fermanagh” who served as party member for over 40 years, during which time […]