Doctor councillor lashes Corporation’s housing record: Some parents in the city took it in turns sitting up all night to keep rats from running over their children while they slept, Councillor T.J. McCabe told Derry Corporation during the course of a Nationalist protest against the Corporation’s failure to meet the city’s housing needs. Councillor McCabe said that the Corporation was failing in its duty to provide for the primary need of the people of the city - housing. Other services were being provided but not housing. The Corporation had not provided even fifty houses in any of the past three years and that, he thought, was a ridiculous state of affairs in a city which has such a wonderful birth rate as Derry.
Call for rebellion against the ‘new morality’: A call for “a rebellion of the squares” to combat the decline in moral standards which, he said, was increasingly apparent today, was made by Right Rev. Dr. C.J. Tyndall, Protestant Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, when he addressed the annaul diocesan Synod in Derry. Dr Tyndall said that since the heroic days of the last war a gradual erosion of the traditional standards of behaviour in regards to sex morals became increasingly apparent in the trends of such media of mass communication as the theatre, the picture house, the novel and the cheaper kind of magazines and newspapers. Within the last five years this process has accelerated to an alarming extent with the assistance, one was sorry to say, of television.
‘Hasty decision on ‘X’ films’: Derry Corporation has agreed to preview two ‘X’ certificate films which were passed for public showing by the Law Committee. The question of the films was raised by Councillor J. Doherty, who said that he thought a hasty decision has been taken on the matter by the committee. He had since studied the synopses of two of the films and he thought they would have to be seriously considered before being unleashed on the film going public of the city even at the risk of giving publicity to such films.
Fight privatisation all the way: North west members of the health service union, COHSE, were urged to “fight all the way” against Western Health Board’s privatisation plans when Mr Bill Nimmo, a leading member of the union from Scotland visited Derry. Mr Nimmo, the secretary of the National Health Service and Joint Trade Unions for Dumfries and Galloway, described the effects of privatisation in Scotland as “crucifying.” He said there had been thousands of redundancies and those who retained their jobs were forced to take a drop in wages as well as losing out on holiday entitlements and allowances.
Contracts signed with Eurocentre West: The contracts were signed this week for the building of the new one million pounds Eurocentre West complex in the Pennyburn Industrial Estate, which will be used for the development of small businesses in this area. Based on the concept of ‘self help’ the new industrial nursery, to be completed in a year’s time, will provide custom built units to help local entrepreneurs to launch new commercial or industrial businesses.