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The residents feel the council should demolish the derelict buildings, do up the existing homes where people want to stay, and build houses on the vacant sites.
“This makes much more financial sense. In these times of recession, they wouldn’t have to spend €6.9 million,” stressed Broughan.
Boy’s Card Found
A TWO-year-old boy from Enniskillen who lost the card he made for Mother’s Day has been reunited with the card,
Reece Wills, who is just two years and two months old, had made the Mother’s Day card with the help of staff at New Hope Day Nursery for his mum Sonia, but then on the way home the card was lost.
It was found near the Erne Hospital by a local man, Michael Keown, as he walked to a match in Brewster Park. He thought a family might be missing it, so he handed it into the office of the Fermanagh Herald newspaper.
Delighted mother Sonia said the card must have dropped out of the bottom of the buggy as they were going home.
“The girls (at the Nursery) helped Reece and all the other kids to make the cards the week before Mother’s Day,” she said, who explained that Reece is a twin, and so, the card was badly missed as other twin Brooklyn’s card made it home.
Keown had guessed it might have been a child from the New Hope Nursery but, as the building doesn’t have a letterbox he couldn’t post the card in the door.
“I thought, ah the poor child. They spent the time making that for their mother. Mother’s Day was obviously the next morning and the child and mother were going to wake up and there’d be no card,” Keown said.
Sonia didn’t notice the article about the card in the Fermanagh Herald, but a family member spotted it and told her about it.
“My brother was reading the paper and recognized the card as like the ones the staff at New Hope had made,” said Sonia.
New Bag Charge
SHOPPERS in Northern Ireland will soon have to fork out at least 5p for each plastic shopping bag they use.
The charge, which takes effect on April 8, will affect all new single use bags, including those which are biodegradable.
"The levy, a first for Northern Ireland, will apply to the majority of new single use carrier bags, regardless of the material from which the bag is made," said Environment Minister Alex Attwood.
"It is not just on plastic bags but other single use bags from other natural materials. There are still some occasions when a bag will be provided free of charge."
Bags for medication, meat and hot food will be exempt from the 5p levy, as will some small bags.
"At the moment we are using around 250 million carrier bags each year in Northern Ireland and we need to cut that number dramatically to reduce environmental damage. The evidence from other countries shows that a bag levy is a very effective way of doing this. Bring your own bag and you will not have to pay the levy," the minister added.
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