Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan has dismissed claims by an official from the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office that the G8 summit taking place in Fermanagh will bring in up to £700 million into the local economy.
The Fermanagh & South Tyrone MLA said:
“Since the announcement was made that the G8 summit was taking place in Fermanagh we have been forced to listen to one ridiculous claim after another.
“At a public meeting discussing disruption as a result of the G8, an official from the British Foreign & Commonwealth claimed that the summit would bring in up to £700 million into the local economy.
“This is a figure that has been plucked from thin air, for no other reason but to deal with the growing resentment at the level of disruption in Fermanagh as a result of the G8. Read more
SDLP Economy Spokesperson and Chairman of the Enterprise Trade and Investment Committee at Stormont, Patsy McGlone has requested a meeting with the Minister for Regional Development over the suspension of road works in Northern Ireland during the G8 summit.
Mr McGlone who is also Chair of the All Party Working Group on Construction said:
“I have requested an urgent meeting with Minister Danny Kennedy over the suspension of construction work on roads across the North for 11 days because of the G8 conference in Fermanagh. Read more
Oxfam has just launched its Christmas 2012 catalogue of Unwrapped gifts for supporters in County Fermanagh, with a whole new range of fun gift cards available to make all your family and friends smile.
In addition to your gift card, each purchase also comes with a beautiful calendar showing how you can support Oxfam’s work.
The 2012 Oxfam Ireland Unwrapped range features seven brand new gifts tailor-made to empower people and improve lives: Breakfast for a child (£8), Baby kit (£8), Girl power (£11), Care for mums (£16), Solar Panel (£26), Literacy classes (£40), and A small loan (£57).
“An Unwrapped gift is two presents in one – it’s a gift for your friend or family member, and also for the people who benefit through Oxfam’s work. Your gift goes to those who need it most, those people affected by poverty, and helps Oxfam transform lives as a result”, saysOxfam Enniskillen shop manager Loretta Cullen.
Upwards of 600 people took advantage of a unique Open Day beside Enniskillen today to view a crannog that spans a thousand years in terms of occupation and has archaeologists licking their lips with excitement as new discoveries are being made on an almost daily basis.
The IrishDigest were there today and a full report and some photos will follow in due course.
The crannog at Drumclay also happens to be slap bang in the middle of a new roadway system, but work has halted at this section until the archaeological dig is completed.
There are at present 141 recorded crannogs in Fermanagh.
The north west counties of Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim have been ravaged by hurricane force winds over the last twenty four hours leaving thousands of homes without electricity.
Enniskillen reported an upturned plane at St Angelo’s airport while the town’s Asda store also had part of its roof blown off.
Within the last couple of hours Electric Ireland (formerly ESB Elecrtric Ireland) have confirmed that power has been restored to most homes apart from isolated pockets along the west and north west coast.
Miles were forecast of up to 140kph, but it was confirmed that winds reached an all time high at Malin Head Coast Guard, where winds were recorded in excess of 160kph.
Falling trees and debris have caused serious inconvenience to date, but so far, the region seems to have escaped the ravages of serious injuries to its inhabitants.
In the photo with the Erne Bus people are (back) Johnny Goan, Sonny Harron, Paddy Cadden, Ned Maguire; (middle) Lena Corrigan (nee McAuley), longtime Erne Bus secretary married to Eugene Corrigan bus driver; Maura Cassidy, Eileen Ovens, Maurice Cassidy, Maud Cassidy; (Front) Patricia, Sheila and Art Cassidy with baby Maurice Corrigan.©Soinbhe Lally
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Reminiscences by Soinbhe Lally
The Erne Bus Service, based in Enniskillen and providing a service from Clones and Cootehill to Bundoran, was founded in 1929 by my father, Maurice Cassidy, who came from Letterbreen Co Fermanagh.
The service remained in operation from April 1929 until it was compulsorily acquired by the Ulster Transport Authority on 30 September 1957 as part of a nationalisation policy of all transport services in Northern Ireland.
Maurice left home in 1909 to take up a scholarship at a teacher training college in Dublin but was dismissed from college on his first day there because he could not sing. Ashamed to go back home, he shipped out to Glasgow and got work as a conductor on the Glasgow trams. Read more
SDLP Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA Tommy Gallagher has said a petrol-bomb attack at a house at Coleshill Crescent in Enniskillen on Saturday was a “cowardly” attack and appealed for anybody with information to pass it to the police.
He said: “Thankfully, nobody in the family at the house was injured but it was no doubt a frightening experience. There is also no doubt this was a vicious and cowardly attack. Read more
Good news over Quinn redundancies in Enniskillen
The announcement that 75 planned redundancies at Quinn Insurance in Enniskillen will not now be implemented has been widely welcomed. The Administrator has confirmed that of the total planned redundancies at the Enniskillen site, 75 redundancies from the private lines business will not now be implemented.
Commenting on the announcement, Sinn Féin MP for Fermanagh South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew and SDLP MLA Tommy Gallagher said it was great news for Fermanagh: Read more
The late Eirene Benson, who died this week
Eirene Benson, has left a huge educational legacy following her death this week at the age of 95. She made a notable contribution to the profession, particularly during a long spell at Portora Royal School in Fermanagh, one time school of the famous playwright Oscar Wilde.
She was born Eirene Hobson in 1915, a child of the Rectory, in Birr, Co Offaly, the eldest of three children. When she was six years old, the family moved to Cork when her father was appointed headmaster of Cork Grammar School and her mother principal of the Girls’ high school. Read more
The injured man was taken to the Erne Hospital in Enniskillen
An Enniskillen motorist saw part of a tree to crash onto his car yesterday as high winds battered the county, but he escaped without life threatening injuries.
The incident happened as the car was bbeen driven along the Castlecoole Road, at around 12.30pm yesterday afternoon.
It is reported that a large branch crashed into electricity cables and blocked the road leaving homes in the area without power foer a number of hours afterwards. Other parts of the county were also affected by the poor weather and there were electricity outages elsewhere as well.
The injured man was taken to the Erne Hospital.