From the Journal Archives - March 1983

Fr Ignatious McQuillan, new president of St Columb's College. (1903MM01)
Fr Ignatious McQuillan, new president of St Columb's College. (1903MM01)

The Bishop of Derry, Most Rev Dr Edward Daly, announced that Father Ignatious McQuillan had been appointed President of St Columb’s College, Derry in succession to the late Monsignor James A. Coulter.

New President for St Columb’s College - The Bishop of Derry, Most Rev Dr Edward Daly, announced that Father Ignatious McQuillan had been appointed President of St Columb’s College, Derry in succession to the late Monsignor James A. Coulter.

Fr McQuillan, who is head of the Modern Language Department at the College has been a member of the teaching staff of St Columb’s since his ordination in 1955.

A native of Newtownbutler, Co. Fermanagh, Fr McQuillan, was a boarder at St Columb’s before going to Queen’s University, Belfast, as an undergraduate to study modern languages. He studied for the priesthood at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, obtained his Advanced Certificate in Education at Oxford and his Master of Philosophy degree from the New University of Ulster, Coleraine. After his appointment to St Columb’s Fr McQuillan enrolled for summer courses at various universities on the continent and undertook parish work in Europe.

Constitution ‘most sectarian in Europe’ - The British constitution is the most sectarian in Europe, said Euro MP John Hume in the Strasbourg Parliament, when he offered to co-sponsor with fellow Northern Ireland members, Rev. Ian Paisley and John Taylor, a resolution seeking an investigation into all aspects of the treatment of religious minorities in Ireland, north and south.

Mr Hume’s offer came when Messrs. Paisley and Taylor were tabling a resolution asking for a Euro probe into the treatment of the Protestant minority in the Republic of Ireland, constitutionally and economically.

The two Unionist MPs were attempting to embarrass the Irish Government and Mr Hume, following the acceptance by the Political Committee of the EEC of a proposal by Mr Hume asking that the Euro parliament investigate whether it could help towards a resolution of the Northern Ireland problem. Messrs. Paisley and Taylor protested strongly at this.

Chances of a recovery ‘nil’ for North West - The chances of a recovery for the North West’s manufacturing base are nil and we’ll be lucky if we can hold on to the local industry which has survived for the next ten years, said Mr Tony Martin of the Transport and General Workers’ Union in Derry.

However, Professor Norman Gibson of the New University in Coleraine, dismissed the claims as being “too general” and suggested possible alternative sources of employment which could be exploited to help the job-starved North West.

Mr Martin was commenting on recent economic reports that Northern Ireland’s manufacturing sector had been eroded to the point of destruction.

“There’s worse to come yet,” he said, citing the geographical disadvantages at the top of his list of reasons. Sixty-five per cent of the manufacturing base in Northern Ireland has already been destroyed, he said. And Derry would be lucky to hold on to what remains for the next ten years.