From the ‘Derry Journal’ of Friday January 17, 1986.

Dummy election with dummy candidates

“A dummy election with dummy candidates” is how the chairman of the S.D.L.P., East-Derry Constituency Council and Limavady Councillor, Arthur Doherty, has described the current elections brought about by the resignation of the Democratic Unionist and Official Unionist members of Parliament at Westminster in protest at the Anglo-Irish Agreement. In a recent statement to “The Journal,” Colr. Doherty said that Paisley and the other Unionist leaders were taking the people for another ride in this “spurious ‘election.’” Only in a few key constituencies were there any real issues at stake.

Swimming pool outside the front door

When it rains, children who live at 6-10 Long Tower Court in the Bishop Street area of Derry have a private paddling pool right on their doorstep. However, while the kids may be happy to don their wellies and splash about in the water, their parents are not so amused. This week when the residences of the three houses and two flats opened their front doors they were faced with an expanse of water several inches deep every time they went in and out of their homes. An intrepid Journal reporter and photographer had to wade thorugh several inches of water to get to the houses.

Guy responds to critics

Independent Unionist Derry City Councillors Jim Guy and David Davis this week replied to accusations that they had “turned their back” on their former colleagues in the Official Unionist Party by failing to continue the boycott of meetings of the Council and statutory boards.

The criticism of the councillors came last Friday night at the inaugural meeting of the North-West Branch of the “Ulster Club,” and in reply to it Colr. Guy said that when he and Colr. Davis indicated that they would withdraw from some meetings to show their opposition to the Anglo-Irish Agreement, they did not specify how long their boycott would continue. He added: “We stated that we would withdraw to review the situation, but felt, after approaches from a number of people, that it would be more beneficial to return to represent them.

Agreement of CIE-Derry freight

A new agreement which has just been signed by Northern Ireland Railways and CIE will ensure the continuation of a CIE freight service from the Republic into the Waterside Railway station in Derry. Under the new arrangement about 25 trains per year will bring freight to the Derry station which will then be transferred to road for delivery into Donegal and Sligo.The jobs of some of the workers at the station, which might have been at risk if the new contract had not been signed, have been safe-guarded and there are hopes that with talks still continuing between NIB and CIE officials, there might even be an increase in the amount of freight being railed via Belfast to Derry for distribution across the border.