From the Derry Journal Archives - July 24 1987

Patients being denied x-ray claims Breslin - IIP representative in Ardmore Michael Breslin has slammed the Western Health and Social Services Board for blocking x-rays for some patients while renovations are taking place at the x-ray department at Altnagelvin Hospital. Mr. Breslin said: “This means that many people including children who are in considerable pain, won’t be able to get treatment because their doctors won’t know what’s wrong with them. They deserve better.” Bridget O’Rawe of Units Administration at Altnagelvin confirmed that only urgent cases are now being dealt with in the x-ray department because of renovations, which are not due to be completed until September.

She said all general practicioners had been informed and that any cases considered urgent could be referred by the GP to the consultant, who could take a decision on whether or not the patient could be taken. Mr. Breslin, who was recently involved in an accident, said he was turned away when he arrived at the hospital for an x-ray and so were several other people who had arrived from Dungiven and Strabane.

Gun and bomb attack at Strand Road - The IRA in Derry last night claimed responsibility for the gun and bomb attack in the vicinity of the Strand Road RUC station yesterday afternoon. There were no injuries in either incident. A number of shots were fired at Strand Road RUC station from behind and a number struck the building. There were no injuries and police mounted a follow up search of the area. During that search a bomb went off without warning at the rear of a house on Clarendon Street but again there were no injuries. It is thought the gun attack was an attempt to lure members of the security forces into the area. A car later found on the Lone Moor Road was believed to have been used in the attacks.

Conaghan lashes Swilly management - Donegal Deputy Hugh Conaghan has accused Lough Swilly management and directors of using ‘nineteenth century methods of advertising for scab labour’ during a labour dispute. He told the “Journal” yesterday: “For them to advertise for bus drivers during this dispute is a clear indication to me of the contempt that the company holds for the workforce.” Deputy Conaghan said he was speaking as someone who was still on the books of the company as an employee, and was a member of the clerical union. He would urge his fellow workers and trade union members within the company to resist the latest move.