Barton speaks out in Stormont Assembly on gender-based violence

SPEAKING at Stormont, a Fermanagh MLA has called for “a zero tolerance approach” to dealing with gender-based violence and for the introduction of an education programme to raise awareness of the issue among young people. Rosemary Barton MLA, a former teacher, was speaking after in the wake of the shock and grief and the murder or 23-year-old […]

SWAH ‘surplus capacity’ used for hip operations

PATIENTS are traveling from across the North to the SWAH for long-awaited hip replacements, as part of an arrangement to make use of the “surplus theatre capacity” at the Enniskillen hospital. It had been rumoured in the local area recently that an unused ward at SWAH had been taken over by a private health provider. […]

Poor broadband growing worry for local farmers

FUNDING for our forests, animal health, the environment and fisheries, and for food and farming is all to be slashed by the newly restored Stormont Executive.   On top of that, a new digitalisation plan by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) could see farmers here in Fermanagh disadvantaged due to the county’s […]

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 […]


‘Out-of-work’ MLAs ‘can’t justify travel expenses’

FERMANAGH’S MLAs must show exactly what they are doing to help the county and exactly what value local people are getting for the money they are paying them. That’s the view of former Stormont official and local debt advisor Kevin Lawrenson, who said people had been outraged by news the five Fermanagh South Tyrone MLAs […]