Number of injuries on roads rise
The Derry Road Safety committee released figures this week showing that the number of injury-related accidents on the city’s roads rose significantly during the first two months of the year.
Last year, according to RSC figures, there were 43 accidents in Derry involving injuries, but this year the committee pointed out that the figure has risen to 54. The rise contrasts with a slight decrease in the number of people killed in road accidents in both Derry and throughout the whole of Northern Ireland for the same period.
But in a statement, the committee expressed concern that number of accidents and injured should have risen in January and February in view of the extremely mild weather during these two months.
SDLP has lost its way
“The SDLP leadership has lost its way,” claimed Derry Sinn Fein councillor, Mitchel McLaughlin, commenting yesterday on SDLP Leader John Hume’s invitation to the Unionists to engage in talks without an agenda, but within the context of Northern Ireland. Colr. McLaughlin said the gap between between nationalist demands for peace, unity and independence and the willingness of John Hume, Austin Currie and Eddie McGrady to settle for the return of Stormont was growing wider and wider.
Coyle gets NI call-up
The Liam Coyle success story continued this week when the 20-year-old from Southend Park in the Brandywell was called into the Northern Ireland international squad for the forthcoming friendly against Chile.
For Coyle, the recognition caps a memorable season in which he rose from the relative obscurity of the Ulster Senior League to the prospect of a full time career in the Football League and international glory with Northern Ireland.
From the Journal archives of May 19, 1964
Shirt manufacturers elect new president
Mr. Francis Gerald Guckian, managing director of Kelly and Son (Pyjamas) Ltd, shirt and pyjama manufacturers, Abercorn Road, Derry, has been elected president of the Shirt Manufacturers Federation of “Northern” Ireland. He succeeds, Mr. Adam R Laurie, who held the position for five years. Mr Guckian, who resides at Deanfield, Limavady Road, was educated at St Columb’s College and at the age of twenty he founded the Abercorn Road firm which is now interlocked with the Manchester shirt manufacturing firm of Dignan and Eyres Ltd. He is vice-prisident of Derry Junior Chamber of Commerce.
Derry Factory Strike
A strike of workers which yesterday halted production at Tillie and Hendersons shirt and pyjama factory, one of the largest in Derry, continues. Representatives of the workers’ union, the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union and the management met yesterday afternoon but were unable to reach agreement for the settlement of the dispute.
The stoppage began yesterday over the application of work study and fourteen workers, employed as front stitchers and buttonholers, disputed their values. They stopped work and other workers in the factory came out in sympathy.
Derry move against Rail Closures
The next step in Derry Corporation’s opposition to the railway closing proposal of the Government was taken by the law committee at its monthly meeting yesterday. Reference was made to the originating statement lodged at the office of the Six County Transport Tribunal by the Transport Authority, and the Law Committee decided to recommend the Corporation to instruct counsel to appear on their behalf before the Tribunal or any other lawfully constituted authority to oppose the proposed closures, and to advise the Corporation generally upon all relevant matters.