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
Sinn Féin Fermanagh & South Tyrone MLA Phil Flanagan said those seeking planning permission to erect an Orange arch on the main thoroughfare in Enniskillen appear only intent on creating divisions in the area.
Phil Flanagan said:
“This proposal is the latest attempt to create division within the Enniskillen area which has enjoyed good community relations. Read more
Twenty-eight year old Julianne Mullin from Fermanagh had five hundred reasons to smile today when she collected a cheque for €500,000 at National Lottery offices – her prize from the EuroMillions Plus draw on Friday 6 January 2012.
Champagne flowed as Julianne celebrated the win with her boyfriend Dominic Leonard, her parents Seamus and Christine Mullin and her brother Brian Mullin. Julianne’s sister Eloise sent her good wishes from Fermanagh. Read more
MEP criticises treatment of Quinn family
The contrast in the treatment being afforded to certain speculative developers by the State controlled NAMA is in marked contrast to the treatment of the Fermanagh based ‘Quinn Family’ interest which has proposed a pay back to the State which does not involve any write off.
This was stated by Independent MEP Marian Harkin when she called for explanation of why the State was willing to deal benignly with gambler developers but not with the ‘Quinn Family’. Read more
Sinn Féin councillor for Erne West Phil Flanagan has warned people to be careful of potential skimming devices when using cash machines.
His call follows a warning that skimming devices have reportedly been used to record card details and steal money from a number of victims across Fermanagh, Down and Armagh in the past week. 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.
Erne Hospital in Enniskillen
SDLP health spokesperson Tommy Gallagher has questioned why both health ministers, north and south of the border, have refused to further a report on strengthening cross border health provision.
Mr Gallagher was speaking after Michael McGimpsey and Mary Harney refused to progress a report by Cooperation and Working Together (CAWT) that called for closer cross-border health services. The ministers have also refused to place the report in the public domain. Read more
Tyrone into another Ulster final
The precarious nature of Ulster Championship football came into sharp focus yesterday afternoon, as the short lived honeymoon for Down, after their victory agaisnt Donegal in the Ulster Chmpionship came to an abrupt end.
Tyrone qualified for yet another Ulster final after the defeated the Mourne men in the Ulster semi final 0-14 to 0-10 at Casement Park. Read more
Tommy Gallagher MLA
SDLP Health spokesman Tommy Gallagher MLA has called for proper scrutiny of the health budget in order to protect frontline services.
“The SDLP is committed to ensuring a well-resourced health service where money is spent more efficiently and effectively. Read more