‘Defend Derry’s rights’, Bishop urges: An appeal to the Catholics of Derry to take an active part in public life and join with those who may differ from them in religion and politics in defending the rights of the city and putting forward its case for an independent university has been made by the Bishop of Derry, Most Rev Dr Farren. Dr Farren, speaking at the annual dinner of St Columb’s College Past Pupils’ Union, said that as an outsider in the political field he could see things more clearly than others.
“And the thing that impresses me is that there are people who have no love for Derry, who do not want to see the city prosperous. They cannot have two Belfasts in this area, therefore Derry and the claims of Derry must be pulled down,’” he said.
Heating for Derry Courthouse: Protests against the lack of heating in Derry Petty Session courtroom were made yesterday. Mr Patrick Maxwell, speaking on behalf of the local Bar Association, said that they had been protesting about this matter for a considerable time. Now that the Crown Court was being renovated, they thought it was the time to provide the heating needed. Mr J.M. Shearer, R.M., said that he had taken the matter up with the Ministry and that morning the court clerk, Mr Collins, had received word that a plan for heating the courtroom was on the drawing board and would shortly be put out to tender.
Redevelopment plan for Waterside area: Derry Corporation’s Redevelopment sub-committee is to consider a recommendation from the executive sanitary officer, Mr E. G. Drayson, that a twelve-acre area of the Waterside, bounded by Dungiven Road, Glendermott Road and Clooney Terrace, and containing 270 houses should be declared a proposed redevelopment area. The population of the area is 975 and no public open spaces and no educational establishments. Mr Drayson said the family sizes followed the broad pattern of other redevelopment areas in that the majority of families consisted of one, two or three persons.