Omagh residents warned about bogus charity collectors

Police in Omagh are advising people to be alert after bogus charity collectors were reported in the area. The collectors, pertaining to be collecting on behalf of Women’s Aid, were wearing T-shirts printed with the charity’s name. They were asking for donations and carrying a collection bucket. However, the collectors were not genuine and police […]

Electoral boundary shake-up for Tyrone constituencies

A MAJOR shake-up could be coming to Tyrone’s parliamentary constituencies as the boundary commission releases its proposals to redraw the electoral map. While the number of constituencies across the North is set to remain at 18, locally a number of council wards are proposed to change hands. Rules for the upcoming electoral boundaries in 2023 […]

Marine biologist selected for global leadership program

A MARINE biologist from Tyrone, whose passion and drive in life is for the protection and recovery of the North’s coast and seas, is hoping to get a better insight into how decisions are made at the very top levels of government by taking part in a prestigious global policy programme. Omagh-born Donal Griffin (33), […]

Plaque for Coalisland’s ‘H-block’ office

A PLAQUE was unveiled in Coalisland on Saturday to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the ending of the Hunger Strike in which 10 Republicans prisoners died in a campaign for political status. The plaque is situated at the building in the centre of the town, beside Landi’s café, that was used as a ‘H-Block / […]

Budget pressure could bring cuts to Omagh fire service

CONCERNS have been raised over a possible reduction in fire fighters in Omagh as a result of a so-called ‘degradation plan’ by the NI Fire Service (NIFRS). Currently Omagh Fire Station has a full-time crew covering the local area on weekdays between 8am and 6pm, with a weekend on-call system. This is able to run […]

Utilities regulator warns of energy bill price hike

TODAY, Utility Regulator chief executive, John French, signalled that electricity and gas consumers in the North will face further significant increases to their energy bills this winter that could be as much as 50 per-cent. The Utility Regulator had said this is due to unparalleled rises in global wholesale gas markets that has never been […]

Omagh Half Marathon to return next year

THE Omagh Half Marathon is set to go ahead for the first time in three years.  The event has changed days, and will now take place on Sunday, April 3 rather than its normal Saturday. The traditional route for the Omagh Half Marathon covers 13.1 miles, starting from the Omagh Leisure Complex, before proceeding through […]

Care home visiting restrictions are eased

UP to four people from two separate house holds can visit a person in a care home as restrictions are eased. The Health Minister Robin Swann announced the entering of a gradual easing phase of restrictions on Wednesday. The Health Minister said, “Following the latest review, the restrictions on visiting in care homes have moved into the Gradual Easing phase as […]

Vaccine passport division as Halloween deadline looms

VACCINE passports remain a divisive topic among politicians at Stormont, businesses in the hospitality sector as well as members of the public. Many business owners and people from the south Tyrone area have been hesitant or reluctant to comment on the passports as it has become a controversial subject. What exactly is a vaccine passport? […]

Alliance select Omagh councillor as assembly candidate

THE Alliance Party has selected an Omagh councillor to fight for a seat at the next assembly election. Cllr Stephen Donnelly was selected by party members as the candidate in the West Tyrone constituency. Writing on social media, Cllr Donnelly said, “Delighted to announce that tonight local Alliance members selected me to go forward as […]