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26 Jun 2015 09:30 • How I See It with Denzil McDaniel

Courtroom dramas the scene for competing rights

One of the more unpleasant experiences in my career was appearing in the High Court as a witness in an action taken against the newspaper; it’s no fun being grilled and pulled apart by a barrister for hours on end.
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18 Jun 2015 13:00 • Editorial Department

Charity is the big winner

When there’s a challenge, then Fermanagh people are ready to show their support and prepared to dip their hand into their pockets to help charities.
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18 Jun 2015 13:00 • Editorial Department

Excellent treatment at SWAH

Dear Madam, - I would like through your newspaper to say I have great praise for the kind and efficient staff on South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen.
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18 Jun 2015 09:30 • How I See It with Denzil McDaniel

Listening to raw stories of tragedy can aid small steps to recovery

The fictional lawyer Atticus Finch, in the classic “To Kill a Mocking Bird”, suggests that you never really understand a person until you consider his point of view… “until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
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11 Jun 2015 17:00 • Editorial Department

Opinion - Warren Little - Choice was a fine thing - but not anymore

For reasons best known to themselves, the modern woman likes to go to fancy hotels where they can have creams rubbed in.
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11 Jun 2015 16:00 • How I See It with Denzil McDaniel

It’s not what you say, it’s the way that you say it

The German philosopher Friedrick Nietzche said: “There are no facts, only interpretations.”
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4 Jun 2015 15:00

Opinion - Warren Little - Panorama exposed the mutual deadlock on The Past

There was a microcosmic quality to Panorama’s revelation last week that an assault rifle used in the unsolved murders of five people, including a 15 year-old boy, was found in a display cabinet in a London museum.
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4 Jun 2015 14:00

Opinion - Denzil McDaniel - The public’s right to know isn’t absolute

For a man who had a heart attack a few days before, First Minister Peter Robinson looked in pretty rude health when interviewed at the Irish Open Golf last week.
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4 Jun 2015 12:00

The fall of man

DEAR MADAM - There has been much debate going on recently about human rights, homosexuality and same sex marriages, whether they are right or wrong. The answer depends whether you believe the word of God or the opinions of man.
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4 Jun 2015 12:00

Cuts hurting the most vulnerable

This week the Impartial Reporter reveals the news that Early Years funding targeted towards some of Fermanagh and South Tyrone’s most needy areas is to be slashed by over £35,000 in September.
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4 Jun 2015 12:00

Support when travelling in the EU

Dear Madam, - Despite its many intrusions into everyday life in Northern Ireland, we must also recognise that the EU we live in today is better connected by road, rail, air and sea than ever before. This presents people right across our Province with the freedom and opportunity to travel abroad with friends and family on holiday, or to pursue business relationships.
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4 Jun 2015 12:00

Happy 190th birthday

Dear Madam,
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4 Jun 2015 12:00

A heavy defeat suffered off the pitch

Dear Madam, - I generally don’t get too involved involved in what the Impartial Reporter prints or indeed doesn’t print. However on Thursday, May 28 I felt your newspaper breached the so-called impartiality clause with a bombardment of coverage given to the GAA.
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4 Jun 2015 12:00

Search for people affected by diabetes

Dear Madam, - We are searching for people affected by diabetes to help us spread the message about the importance of good diabetes care and support in Fermanagh and Omagh during Diabetes Week (14 – 20 June). I hope your readers may be able to help us in our search. Perhaps they are living with the condition or they know someone who is.
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1 Jun 2015 08:25

New Trafficking Act will empower victims

Dear Madam, - It is easy to assume that the problem of slavery was dealt with years ago. When I began looking into the problem of human trafficking and the need to introduce legislation to address the issue, I was horrified by what I discovered. Far from being consigned to the dimmest reaches of history, I discovered that here in Northern Ireland, men and women, boys and girls are still being used as modern day slaves. My Bill (now the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Criminal Justice and Support for Victims) Act 2015) stems from my desire to help victims and ensure those who prey on the vulnerable in this morally indefensible way are robustly dealt with.
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1 Jun 2015 08:23

Abusive comments

Dear Madam, - With great disappointment I have read the abusive comments from Sinn Fein members/supporters regarding the recent FST election result. As a nationalist I voted for the local SDLP candidate Mr John Coyle. Michelle Gildernew sought my vote but she declines to represent me in Parliament. Empty seat politics is a luxury I cannot afford to be without. Issues such as Austerity, Jobs, Health, Fracking, Trident, Europe and many more need local representation in Parliament. Regretfully the Tories have a majority government and may now bull dose English policies all over Northern Ireland. Again no questions asked from the empty seats of Sinn Fein. In NI we have suffered with a Sinn Fein/DUP coalition government. This inept relationship appears to be about power and sterling and not about representation. It is time Sinn Fein delivered more than hypocrisy. I challenge Michelle to tell the electorate and make public her total incomes and expense claims for the 14 years she did not attend parliament. I view Sinn Fein as offensive to Protestantism and divisive in their own community. I view votes for Sinn Fein to be a protestant hate count. This is not the united Ireland which I aspire to. I seek an Ireland which all religions are welcome equally and nobody need live in fear, an Ireland my protestant neighbour would want to be a part of. The challenge for Sinn Fein is to persuade all of the community likewise. Yours faithfully, Name and address supplied
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1 Jun 2015 08:17

Fostering can bring joy to supportive parents

We cannot take for granted what comprises a family unit today because it could be somewhat different from how our forebears might have taken for granted in years gone by.
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1 Jun 2015 08:01

Opinion - Denzil McDaniel - A handshake can mean nothing, or something important

Sometimes it seems to be a big deal if you refuse to shake someone’s hand; but why do it if you don’t mean it? Footballer Rio Ferdinand was right, surely, not to shake the hand of John Terry after the awful way the “leader, legend” behaved towards his cousin.
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1 Jun 2015 07:57

Opinion - Warren Little - This plastic revolution will melt and leave a bigger mess

Come on, it was too much to expect that we could move straight from a state of conflict to a functional devolved government, wasn’t it? I mean, some of those now giving their views in the assembly chamber used to be more concerned with bullets in the gun chamber. They just need time to bed in, to get to know each other. To trust each other a little. Baby steps – that’s what the peace process is all about, after all.
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21 May 2015 12:56

Making a contribution to the future by returning to a painful past

At the heart of the historic visit to Ireland this week by Prince Charles is a message about hope and reconciliation that has been articulated in a quiet, dignified and throughly admirable manner by Fermanagh man John Maxwell.
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21 May 2015 12:55

Furry friends fundraiser

Dear Madam, - On behalf of Bright Eyes Animal Sanctuary, I would like to thank all those who took part in my recent online auction, via my Facebook page “Furry Friends Fundraiser”, which raised £1350. I created the Facebook page earlier this year with the intention of helping to raise funds for Bright Eyes, a charity for whom I have always had huge respect.
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21 May 2015 12:53

Duty to preach what Bible says on homosexuality

DEAR MADAM - There has been much said in recent days about same sex marriage and homosexuality. Is it right or wrong?
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21 May 2015 12:50

Public Health England shale gas report already out of date

Dear Madam, - The article your paper carried in your May 7 issue regarding the Public Health England [PHE] report into shale gas extraction is already out of date. That PHE report has been superseded by more recent evidence and research over the last twelve months coming out of the USA.
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21 May 2015 12:49

Lessons were learned from 2010

Dear Madam,- I enjoyed the recent newpaper coverage of the recent Westminster elections but in ways I am glad that things can settle back to normal for all who live in this contested constituency.
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15 May 2015 16:36

What does the Jim Wells controversy say about society?

I only met Jim Wells once, and I found the Health Minister very pleasant; it was at a charity event and I know the organisers appreciated his support and time as he was such a busy man.
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