Waterside geriatric hospital officially opened at Gransha

The Northern Ireland Minister for Health and Social Services, Mr. Jeremy Hanley, officially opened the new 5 million Waterside Hospital Geriatric Unit at Gransha Park on Tuesday morning.

Mr. Hanley performed the opening ceremony alongside Mr. Mervyn Loane, former chairman of the Western Health and Social Services Board, who was at the forefront of moves to have the new unit built.

Mr. Hanley promised the development would provide 'real improvements for elderly people."

'DUP trying to set me up': claims UDP man

The DUP in Derry have been accused of setting up Ulster Democratic Party members for assassination by the IRA by suggesting that a link exists between the party and the Ulster Defence Association.

The claim was made by Derry City UDP councillor, Ken Kerr, who accused the DUP's local press Officer, Mr. David Nicholl, of having 'common cause with the IRA.' Mr. Nicholl, he said, attempted to link the party with the paramilitary organisation.

Mr. Kerr stated: "The IRA have tried to kill me recently. What common cause does Mr. Nicholl have with the IRA in trying to link the UDA and the UDP? He is merely helping the Provos."

McLaughlin queries Belfast shootings

Derry Sinn Fein councilor Mitchel McLaughlin and party representative Martin McGuinness had left Sinn Fein's headquarters in Belfast only half an hour before an RUC officer opene premises, killing three men and injuring two others.

Colr. McLaughlin told the 'Journal' that he and Mr. McGuinness travelled to Belfast for a meeting but were delayed due to security measures put in place for the visit to Belfast of Irish President Mary Robinson.