From the archives July 27 1962

Poisoners active again on the Crana? - Fish poisoners are again believed to have been at work on the River Crana at Buncrana, which was the scene of wholesale destruction of fish in this manner several years ago. Gardai in Buncrana are making investigations into the discovery of more than one hundred dead salmon in the river. Many of the fish were seen floating downstream in the Cockhill district not far from Buncrana. Gardai are working on the theory that the salmon had been poisoned and some of the fish recovered are being sent for examination. A prominent local angler said that the fish destroyed were the first big run of salmon up-river since the season opened. Up until now it had been a very poor season for anglers and this run of fish had promised their first sport of the season.

Traffic lights timing is normal. says City Surveyor - The timing of traffic lights at the junction of Foyle Street and Foyle Road is adequate and normal, the City Surveyor Mr J. C. MacKinder, told Derry Corporation Transport Committee. The question of the time allowed traffic emerging from Foyle Road onto Foyle Street or John Street was raised last month by Colr. C. McDaid, who said that insufficient time was allowed as compared with traffic moving along Foyle Street and John Street. The surveyor said that the time setting was sixteen seconds and representatives of the Traffic Section of the RUC and the manufacturing agreed that that was adequate and normal. That setting was fixed for one vehicle and if further vehicles arrived at the junction it could be extended to twenty seconds.

Stormont a ‘rotten rump of a parliament’ - There was a large number of people in “Northern” Ireland denied rights they would have if they lived in Britain, said Mr Michael Foot (Ind. Labour, Ebbw Vale) in the British House of Commons during a debate on a Government order, the Representation of the People (“Northern” Ireland) Regulations 1962. Asking the House to approve the order, Mr C. M. Woodhouse, Joint Under-Secretary of State, Home Office, said that the regulations under the order were consequential upon a consolidation of the electoral law which had recently been carried out by the “Northern” Ireland Parliament. Mr Foot said for the Minister to suggest that the measure passed through the “Northern” Ireland Parliament was nothing more than a consolidation measure was to mislead the House, however unintentionally, in a monstrous fashion. The matter was regarded as of the gravest importance in “Northern” Ireland by one-third of the population. The local register was quite different from the national register in “Northern” Ireland. There were a large number of people in “Northern” Ireland denied rights they would have if they lived in Britain. In Derry there were 8,000 electors who were able to vote in national elections but were denied the right to vote in local elections.