From the Derry Journal archives - March 1981

Mr Raymond Daly, on right, presenting the Raymond Daly Trophy in the Derry Vintners' Darts Association competition to Laurence Connor, captain of the Arntz team, after they defeated Phoenix in the final played at the Collon Bar. Included are the Arntz team members. (1203MM03 )

Mr Raymond Daly, on right, presenting the Raymond Daly Trophy in the Derry Vintners' Darts Association competition to Laurence Connor, captain of the Arntz team, after they defeated Phoenix in the final played at the Collon Bar. Included are the Arntz team members. (1203MM03 )

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At a special meeting of Derry City Council at which councillors received a report of the roads’ programme for the Derry area from the divisional roads manager, Mr Walter Martin, the Council, decided that the two major work schemes it wished priority to be given to during the next financial year, should be the Northland Road - Springtown Road scheme and the strengthening of the retaining wall at West End Park.

Derry roads report ‘very pessimistic’ - At a special meeting of Derry City Council at which councillors received a report of the roads’ programme for the Derry area from the divisional roads manager, Mr Walter Martin, the Council, decided that the two major work schemes it wished priority to be given to during the next financial year, should be the Northland Road - Springtown Road scheme and the strengthening of the retaining wall at West End Park.

It was also decided that the work at Fountain Hill, Lecky Road and Tullyally should be given priority in the Roads Service Minor Improvements Scheme.

Outlining his report, Mr Martin said it was, because of government cutbacks in public expenditure, a rather pessimistic one. During the present financial year the Roads Service had very little capital funds and, as a result, schemes such as Fountain Hill and Lecky Road which they had hoped could have been included in their programme had to be omitted.

Henry suggests DUP boycott of Council - DUP councillor John Henry has suggested that loyalist members of Derry City Council should only appear at Council meetings to answer the roll call and then leave the chamber to convene their own meeting and have no co-operation, whatsoever, with “these Provisional IRA sympathisers.”

Councillor Henry together with about 15 members of the general public had to be escorted from the last public meeting of the Council following numerous and noisy interruptions during a debate on the controversial provision of a Gaelic pitch at Lisnagelvin in the Waterside.

Councillor Henry’s suggestion of a boycott of the Council after the May election came because of the way he feels they have been treated by the SDLP and IIP.

Councillor Henry said: “I would also call on the Protestant population of Londonderry to boycott the so-called Mayor’s parade, which is nothing other than an IRA parade.”

Euro plan to help Northern Ireland - A report drawn up by a European Parliament study group that came out in favour of more aid for Northern Ireland is at present being discussed by the Parliament and it is expected that it will be supported by most E.M.P.s.

The report, drawn up by Madame Simone Martin, supports a comprehensive programme of measures which were proposed by Mr John Hume and backed by the two other N. Ireland E.M.P.s.

The motion was tabled by Mr Hume in November 1979 and was supported by Mr Richard Balfe and Mrs Eileen Desmond, M.E.P., T.D., Cork. It was referred to the Committee on Regional Policy and Regional Planing.

Madame Martin visited N. Ireland on a fact finding mission at the end of September. Her report was published last January and came out in favour of Mr Hume’s proposals. The report referred to several items including the high unemployment and local income in N. Ireland.