Bypass plan still on course depsite funds setback

WHILE there was concern last week after the long-awaited Enniskillen bypass was left out of this year’s roads budget, it has since been confirmed officials are to “work at pace to progress” the project. Last week there were calls for Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon, pictured below, to explain why the bypass scheme, which has been […]


Silver Audi linked to string of burglaries

FERMANAGH has once again been the target of a series of burglaries and thefts. This week there are reports of crime  across the county in both towns and remote rural areas. In the Drumbawn area of Enniskillen unoccupied properties were targeted on Sunday.  A Police spokesman outlined, “Police received a report of a burglary 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 […]

Anger as pensioners to lose free TV licence

THE announcement that the majority of over 75s are soon to be stripped of their free TV licence has been branded an “additional levy to many hard pressed pensioners”.  The changes are expected to come into force from June next year. From then the BBC is believed to be restricting free licences to over 75s […]


Health board ‘broke its word’ on future of SWAH stroke

THE Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) has come under fire for failing to announce the next proposed stage for stroke services in the South West Acute Hospital. The future of the unit at SWAH which has previously been recognised as the best performing facility in the North continues to be clouded with uncertainty. Now, […]

£27m bill for hospital locums doubled in just two years

AMID growing fears over the future of services at South West Acute Hospital, it has been revealed that the Western Trust is spending £27 million per year on locum staff, amounting to over £2 million per month.  The Western Trust is relying on the use of temporary doctors, health professionals, nurses and admin staff costing […]