Huge demand for new homes in Fermanagh

FERMANAGH estate agents have said they’re experiencing ‘very high levels of demand’ for houses from first-time buyers. Fermanagh estate agent, Niall Smyth, has said that demand within the first-time buyer sector in the county is ‘very positive’. “The key issue for first time buyers is the ability to purchase. Co-ownership is a mechanism that increases […]

O’Dowd outlines new measures to cut MOT waiting times

INFRASTRUCTURE Minister John O’Dowd has outlined several measures to tackle MOT waiting lists across the North. Speaking in the Assembly on Monday, Mr O’Dowd said more than 50 newly recruited examiners would start working in test centres from June. “The DVA currently has 55 MOT examiner vacancies across its network of test centres,” the minister told MLAs. “It […]

Cracks found on 16 lifts at MOT centres

HAIRLINE cracks have been found in 16 vehicle test, or MOT, lifts in the North, DUP MLA Deborah Erskine has said. The Fermanagh and South Tyrone DUP MLA and new Chair of the Infrastructure Committee said the cracks had been found in MOT testing lifts a few weeks ago. She said a similar issue in […]

MOT delays get Fermanagh drivers all revved up

MOTORISTS in Fermanagh are still facing lengthy delays in getting MOT tests and are often unable to get their vehicles tested before their current MOT certificate expires. Test centres across the North are struggling to tackle huge backlogs of drivers seeking appointments, with Covid shutdowns and equipment issues – MOT tests were suspended in January 2020 […]

Local woman forced to SORN vehicle

AN Enniskillen woman has raised concerns over the DVA’s decision to not offer tax exemptions to those with expired certificates. The individual, who did not want to be identified told this paper that she has been left with “no other option” but to SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification) her vehicle at the end of the […]