From the ‘Journal’ of Friday Sept. 27, 1963

British prime minister Margaret Thatcher speaking during her visit to the Desmond & Sons factory at Drumahoe with managing director, Denis Desmond. (2709MM01 )
British prime minister Margaret Thatcher speaking during her visit to the Desmond & Sons factory at Drumahoe with managing director, Denis Desmond. (2709MM01 )

‘Don’t smoke in wards’ request to hospital visitors: The Derry Hospital Management Committee has decided to ask visitors to the hospital in the group not to smoke in wards. They have also decided to instruct staff that there must be no smoking in treatment areas and kitchen and food preparation spaces.

Mr R.F. N. Taylor, joint secretary, reported that the different staff committees of the hospitals were in agreement with a Ministry circular asking that smoking should be discouraged in hospitals.

Col. D.G.C. Whyte, chairman of the Medical Staff Committee, said it was wiser not to have visitors smoking in the wards. He thought it was not any hardship to ask anyone to refrain for a short time from a habit that might be harmful to the sick, and also offensive. He suggested that smoking should also be stopped in waiting rooms and corridors.

Corporation built eight houses in past year: Derry Corporation’s Housing Sub-Committee again came under fire at this week’s meeting for its failure to provide sufficient houses to meet the demand. Alderman James Hegarty said that from October, 1962, and September, 1963, only eight houses had been completed by the Corporation and six of those had been used to re-house tenants from the pre-fabs at Anne St., leaving two houses to meet the needs of the present housing list. During the same period, 420 new applications for houses had been registered. The meeting was considering a proposal to make closing orders in respect of two houses in the city. Alderman Hegarty said that until such times as they had houses to accommodate those concerned they should stop making closing orders.

Feis langauge section is making great progress: This year saw a remarkable improvement in the Irish language section of Feis Dhoire Cholmcille. Due to a new arrangement and co-operation between the Feis Committee and the Coiste Ceanntair of the Gaelic League, it was one of the biggest and most virile sections of the whole Feis.