SWAH ‘consolation prize’ blasted as ‘disgraceful’


THE new elective surgery unit for overnight patients at the South West Acute Hospital (SWAH) has been blasted as a “disgraceful consolation prize”. Announced by the Western Trust, the new unit has its first patients this week in a move to help the Health Service in the North reduce waiting lists for surgical procedures. However, […]


Fermanagh MLAs react to pay cut


FERMANAGH’S MLAs have had their salaries cut by a whopping £14,000. The move was made by the UK Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Chris Heaton-Harris, following the continued failure of MLAs to elect a speaker for the Assembly at Stormont and to form an Executive government. This deduction of earnings by 27.5 per cent means that […]


DUP told to get back to work and end Executive boycott


A CALL has been made for the DUP to get back to work and ensure financially-strapped Fermanagh residents can access energy payments promised to them. The UK Government recently announced a series of payments – which will total £600 – for each household to use towards electricity and heating costs. Due to the current cost of living […]


MLAs making some nice cash on the side


By John Carney NEW FIGURES have revealed the business interests of MLAs recently elected to the Stormont Assembly and many are getting some handy extra cash on top of their £51,500 salaries. All 90 members are required to declare information on a register of interests of any financial interest that “might reasonably be thought by others to […]


Legal victory for terminally ill Derrylin woman 


A SOCIAL Security (Terminal Illness) Bill which was recently passed will improve the support that is provided to those who are terminally ill here in Fermanagh, by extending the current six-month criteria to 12 months. The ‘Herald previously reported that the Law Centre NI had brought a case forward on behalf of Derrylin woman, Lorraine […]


Stormont collapse could put rural healthcare into turmoil


THE collapse of Stormont could have a detrimental impact on rural healthcare services here in Fermanagh warns one local councillor. Speaking to the Herald after a recent public meeting with staff from Maple healthcentre based in Lisnaskea, Cllr Eamon Keenan revealed that funding allocated by the department of health to provide multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) to […]