From the ‘Derry Journal’ of Friday, January 3, 1986

Violence has achieved nothing

Sinn Fein has had a high profile in recent times. However, John Hume doesn’t believe that they will increase their popularity. He totally rejects their support for what they describe as the armed struggle.

Mr. Hume said that those who voted for the party should be fully aware that those votes were being interpretated by Sinn Fein as a vote for violence.

“People should ask themselves - Do I support violence? Do I support the atrocities that are being carried out in my name? If they don’t they should make that clear.

Secondly, they should ask themselves the question, what benefit Sinn Fein has brought them. Take for example West Belfast where Gerry Adams is the abstenionist M.P. I am quite willing to put my record for delivery in my constituency of what I said I could do up against his for his constituency on any occasion.

Because of my access to ministers I get things done. If I wasn’t there I wouldn’t be able to get anything.

However, my fundamental quarrel with Sinn Fein is that they fully and unequivocally support violence and the killing of fellow Irishmen. I don’t support that and I don’t think anyone else should.

Housing budget cut

Former Mayor of Derry, Councillor John Tierney, called yesterday for an all-out campaign to prevent housing cuts which will mean lost jobs and poorer housing in the city.

He said that the stark reality of the £44m drop in the allocation to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive would be that schemes and grants in the city would be axed.

Contractors and householders have already been hit. The Executives are not taking tenders for new capital projects, and are accepting new applications for improvement and repair grants.

“Housing has always been a priority in Derry and these cut-backs will be a giant step backwards for the city,” said Colr. Tierney. “There is simply no way we can tolerate any move back to the old days.”

Prices increase

Derry consumers will face an increase in the price of bread in less than two weeks time when there will be 2p extra to pay for a large loaf. The rise in prices will affect not only Derry but the whole of Northern Ireland.

The price increase in bread was the second in the last eight weeks and reflected the rising cost of flour which had gone up by £10 per tonne. The increase will mean a rise of 2p on a large loaf and a 1p rise on a small loaf with no change in the cost of such things as rolls and confectionery.

Also from Monday past Northern Ireland railways introduced increased train fares which means that travel within Northern Ireland will go up by six per cent.