From the ‘Derry Journal’ of Friday, January 24, 1986.

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Livingstone at Bloody Sunday march - Ken Livingstone, the leader of the Greater London Council will address the 14th annual Bloody Sunday Commemoration on Sunday. He will be joined on the platform by guest speaker, Sinn Fein elected representative for Newry-Armagh, Jim McAllister. Bob Doyle will give solidarity greetings on behalf of the International Brigade Association.

‘Scurrilous’ attacks on Bishop condemned - A former Mayor of Derry, Ald. William O’Connell, described as scurrilous an attack on the Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Right Rev. Dr James Mehaffey, by the Apprentice Boys of Derry organisation, which the organisation said that Bishop Mehaffey should not be considered for the post of Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All -Ireland because he attended last Sunday’s match at Brandywell between Derry City and Limerick team Newcastle United. And both the retiring Primate Right Rev. Dr. John Armstrong, and the Dean of Derry, Very Rev. Cecil Orr, defended the Bishop. General opinion in both Catholic and Protestant circles in Derry yesterday was that the Apprentice Boys’ criticism was “outrageous.” Alderman O’Connell said that the statement issues on behalf of the Apprentice Boys was a “scurrilous attack on a dignitary who had earned the respect of all responsible people on both sides of the religious divide. Personally I am sickened by this bigoted and unjustified outburst, which deserves to be treated with the utmost contempt. The Apprentice Boys should be ashamed on themselves and I am disappointed that some of their most responsible members have not disassociated themselves from the vicious words uttered.”

Brandywell heating row boils over - Residents in the Brandywell area are involved in a row with the Housing Executive over the new heating systems there. A spokesman for the local long Tower Neighbourhood Association said they were angry at a proposal to put a boiler into the houses instead of outside. “The residents thought they had the option of having the Trianco boiler in an outhouse, but now it seems the Housing Executive are saying it must be in the house said John Lampen, Association spokesman. “This would mean that chimneys would have to be constructed taking up space in the already small rooms. There’s also the sheer inconvenience involved for householders.

No ambulance for accident victim - Mr Eamonn Melaugh of the Workers’ Party has hit out at the Western Health and Social Services for what he describes as a “totally inadequate” service at the weekend. According to Mr Melaugh his son was knocked down by a car at Bishop Street on Sunday and although an ambulance was called it did not arrive.