Doubts of Rural Needs Act compliance

DOUBTS have been raised as to whether or not the Western Trust’s changes to services offered by the South West Acute Hospital (SWAH) comply with the Rural Needs Act. The Act was passed into legislation in 2016 in which a provision for rural proofing was put in place. Rural proofing is a measure to scrutinise […]

‘Neighbourly help’ across the county is commended

THE Fermanagh community has been ‘commended’ for its response in  supporting the vulnerable and isolated during the Covid-19 pandemic. Fermanagh is one of 16 communities across the UK which featured in a report from the Carnegie UK Trust. The report examines how organisations and communities adapted to meet the changing needs of the people around them during […]

More struggling with loneliness during lockdown

MANY in Fermanagh are struggling to cope with the loneliness of the lockdown. While rural isolation has been a perennial problem in the county, since the Covid-19 crisis began even those living in towns or who have never felt isolated before are now feeling cut off. The levels of local loneliness have been clear with […]

New community phone service breaking isolation

NEW phone befriending service reaching out to those isolated in our community has been launched by Fermanagh House.  Although the building is closed there has been lots of hard work going on behind the scenes to quickly turn around a dedicated phone service ‘Connect Fermanagh’.  Spearheaded by Fermanagh Trust Director Lauri McCusker and his team […]

Wind Farm

More windfarms on the way with Labour in power

THE prospect of many more windfarms dotted across the Fermanagh landscape could become a reality if the Labour Party gets into power in the next general election. The number of wind farms could almost double, creating thousands of jobs in the renewable energy sector in the next few years with the Labour Party proposing to […]

New extension to community hub is open for business

A MAJOR new extention to one of Enniskillen’s busiest buildings  is complete.   Community hub Fermanagh House is located at the Broad Meadow and the new addition to the building is now open to the public. The extension adds and additonal 800 square metres of space which will provide a base for more regional and […]