‘Derry’ is still obnoxious - DUP councillor Gregory Campbell has called on loyalists in the city to accept only letters which use the name ‘Londonderry.’ The call comes after one of Councillor Campbell’s constituents received a letter from a Government department using the name ‘Derry.’ Colr. Campbell says he made a complaint to the Department of Agriculture and was assured that steps would be taken to avoid a recurrence. He said; “The Minister of Agriculture, Lord Lyell, has assured me that all staff will be reminded of the need to use ‘correct and full postal addresses on outgoing mail.’ And a letter from a permanent secretary has informed me that further steps will be taken to avoid a recurrence.” Calling on loyalists to accept only letters which used the name ‘Londonderry,’ Colr. Campbell said the campaign to have Government departments to use the “full term” would continue.
Bishop intervenes in Clady crossing row - The RUC has agreed to allow limited access across the border at the County Tyrone village of Clady after the Bishop of Derry, Most Rev Dr Edward Daly, intervened. It was announced by the RUC earlier this week that the border crossing would be completely sealed off for several months to allow rebuilding work on the permanent checkpoint on the bridge leading from the village into Donegal to get underway. The checkpoint was destroyed by a bomb several weeks ago. However, following talks with Bishop Daly, the original plan was reviewed and the security forces agreed to allow restricted access on a minor road although the main border crossing at the bridge will be completely sealed off. The parish of Doneyloop straddles the River Finn and parishioners from Clady have to cross the border to get to Mass in Doneyloop. If the police had stuck to the original plan to seal the border crossing to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic, people living in Castlefinn would have to make a round trip of almost nine miles to get to church.
Vintners’ secretary outlines ‘Sunday’ campaign - The Secretary of the Northern Ireland Federation of Licensed Vintners, Mr Oliver Kearney, had told the local Vintners’ Association that action in the European Court may be necessary if the British government does not respond favourably to the campaign for Sunday opening. Addressing a meeting of the Derry and District Licensed Vintners’ Association, Mr Kearney urged publicans in the Derry area to join the local association and campaign together for Sunday opening. He said; “We must continue with our campaign for Sunday opening but we will stand a better chance if we represent a greater proportion of the publicans in our area. We have been making ground and the mood seems to be moving towards Sunday opening,” he said.