From the ‘Journal’ of October 18, 1963

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Lemass’s partition speech needles O’Neill: The Stormont Prime Minister, Capt. Terence O’Neill, yesterday expressed “some surprise and regret” at the patition references made by the Taoiseach, Mr Lemass in the course of his address to the National Press Club in Washington. Mr Lemass told the US newspapermen that partition was a political arrangement and its termination must involve the British government by which it was devised. He called for “a clear statement by British political leaders that there would be no British interest in maintaining partition when Irishmen want to get rid of it” in his speech.

Donegal’s ‘techs’ are bursting at the seams: Donegal’s technical schools are bursting at the seams, with more and more pupils staying for a third and fourth year for specialised instruction, the County Vocational Education Committee was told at its monthly meeting in Lifford. The committee adopted a report from the Buildings Sub-Committee recommending the extension of the existing technical schools at Donegal, Stranorlar and Milford and to ask the County Council for an extra 3d in the £ next year. All three headmasters emphasised the need for accommodation to be provided for third year classes.

Derry mayor passes advanced driving test: A test course for advanced motorists was inaugurated in the Derry area on Tuesday and the first driver to take the test was the Mayor, Councillor A.W. Anderson. Accompanied by Mr J.M. Finlayson, a driving examiner of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, he covered the thirty three mile course successfully and was afterwards presented with his certificate. The Mayor said that he did not think that anyone who was a thoughful motorist had anything to fear in taking the test. “I enjoyed doing it and I think it would be a great benefit to anyone wishing to improve his driving. It can only be a help and certainly not a trial. For those who drive frequently, the test will give them confidence and additional expertise.