Remote learning ‘only as good as the internet allows’

THE extension of remote learning in schools has been welcomed by West Tyrone  principals. The latest set of Covid-19 restrictions will see the extension of remote learning in schools until the mid-term break in February. Teachers will provide students with classwork that they can do at home via online programmes or home school packs. It […]


Transfer test issue causing ‘great upset’ to pupils

A TYRONE mother believes the transfer test debacle is an ‘absolute disaster’ and has caused great upset to young pupils. On Tuesday morning, it was announced that the Transfer Test which was supposed to start this weekend and continue on January 16 and 23 was cancelled. Just hours later, the Association for Quality Education (AQE) […]


Learn the lessons of 2020

Happy Year New everyone, I hope you had a very enjoyable and relaxing break over the festive period. I, for one, did. Now who is looking forward to 2021? Who thinks that 2021 is their year? I believe that it can and will be, but why was 2020 not your year? Was it the pandemic? […]

Party-goers hit with hefty fine for Covid breach

HEFTY fines, two prohibition notices and a warning from police was how a house party in Newtownstewart in Saturday night ended, after officers caught a number of people breaching Covid-19 regulations. After receiving a report of a house party taking place in the Mourne Park, police visited the property and issued ‘a number of COV4 […]

Augher stands alone in Tyrone with no Covid cases

A LOCAL village has recorded the lowest rate of positive coronavirus cases for the second consecutive week. Statistics released by the Department for Health for the period from December 28 until January 3 show that Augher has the enviable record of having no positive cases of Covid-19. Of the 34 people from the area who […]

Surgeries cancelled in Western Trust hospitals

THE Western Trust has announced the cancellation of all planned surgery this week due to rising numbers of Covid cases. As of today (Thursday), routine elective inpatient, outpatient and day case surgeries will be postponed until further notice. Red flag and some time critical procedures and clinics will continue, but will be reviewed daily. The […]

Retired GP and wife first to receive new Covid-19 jab

AN elderly couple from Omagh have become the first to receive the new Covid-19 vaccine locally. Retired GP, Dr Pat O’Neill and his wife Agnes, were among the first people who got their first dose at the Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon. It was an especially memorable moment for them as […]

GCSEs and A-Levels exams cancelled

GCSEs, AS and A-level schools examinations have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the rising number of cases. Stormont Education Minister Peter Weir announced today (Wednesday) that exams due to take place later this month, February, May and June will not go ahead. No information is yet available on the alternative awarding arrangements […]