Donegal one of ‘safest places to live’ - Donegal is still one of the safest places in Ireland to live, according to crime statistics released by the Gardai. The country’s crime rate in the year ending in September, 1985, was the fifth lowest in the Republic and well below the national average. The number of serious crimes committed was down almost a fifth to 577, and the detection rate of 45% was about average for areas outside Dublin. These crimes are those which carry a prison sentence. This drop was the third highest in the Republic. There were no murders but there were 70 recorded “offences against the person” which includes manslaughter, wounding, assault and other offfences. Five people were charged with drug offences and there were two recorded instances of drugs or poison being stolen from premises.
‘Invest in West’, says accountant - The government should immediately increase its public spending in the “province’s western region’, says Derry accountant, Tony Jackson. “Male unemployment is already at 36% in the West and rising faster than anywhere else”, says the Derry-based partner of leading Northern Ireland accountancy firm, Coopers and Lybrand, commenting on the firm’s mid-year review of the local economy. “The only way government can help halt this trend is to take these new disturbing figures into account in preparing their approach.” Mr. Jackson supports the view of many civic leaders that a major government department should have its headquarters in the Derry area. However, before any action, he is anxious that a much more in-depth survey of regional disparity should be made so that any attempted solution would be soundly based.
Minister talks of ‘Catholic terrorism’ - At the church service in St Columb’s Cathedral which preceded Tuesday’s Apprentice Boys’ parade, Rev. Hugh Ross, Minister of Newmills Presbyterian Church, called on loyalists to withhold stipends from any clergymen who refused to support the campaign against the Anglo-Irish Agreement. Rev. Ross said the Agreement was a betrayal of the unionist cause and that it amounted to Irish unity in principle, if not in practice. He said the Protestant reaction to the accord had been “provoked by Roman Catholic terrorism” and he criticised Catholics for failing to reject members of nationalist paramilitary groups. There was also renewed criticism of the Agreement from Derry DUP councillor Gregory Campbell in an address he made on Monday night. He said the following day’s Apprentice Boys parade should be used to show Dublin that, what he termed, the “military campaign” against the Agreement was increasing. “Only when republicans are faced with a disciplined Protestant army... will they see the futility of their efforts and desist,” he said.