From the ‘Derry Journal’ of Friday, April 11th, 1986

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Librarians should have HGV licences - Official Unionist councillor John Adams has criticised the Western Education and Library Board’s failure to maintain an adequate mobile library service in outlying rural areas. “The service should be renamed the immobile library service. The shortage of cash coupled with the priorities adopted by the Board has meant that there are only two mobile library vans, which are always breaking down, in use. The Board will not replace these vehicles and when a driver is off due to illness or has retired, he is not replaced.” Mr Adams added that the unreliability of the mobile library service meant that many people, particularly the elderly living in rural areas like Eglinton, were not being properly catered for. “I have taken the matter up with the Board’s chief officer, Mr Michael Murphy, urging him to improve the service which so many people depend on.”

No plans to assassinate republicans - A spokespesperson purporting to represent the Protestant Action Force has denied claims that it plans to assassinate leading republican figures in Derry. The IRA in the city claimed it had received information about a meeting held in the Waterside by PAF at which it was decided to assassinate Martin McGuinness, Mitchel McLaughlin and Terry Robson and that a prominent loyalist politician from Derry was in attendance at this meeting. The PAF spokesperson however has denied that any such meeting took place. “No such meeting was held. If we were going to hold such a meeting no public representative would be present and no such person is included on our command structure.” The spokesperson claimed that the assassination reports had been in response to recent reports of the UDA in Derry becoming more active and that they were gathering intelligence on republican paramilitary groups.

Ulster Clubs Boycott - Ulster Clubs’ members in Derry, Limavady, and Coleraine will embark on a campaign this weekend to encourage shoppers in the North West to boycott produce made in the Republic. The campaign is the latest tactics by loyalists to show their opposition to the Anglo-Irish Agreement. The Ulster Clubs involved will be asking shoppers to check the origin on their purchases and will be issuing lists of the Republic’s produce in the near future. The first stage of the campaign aimed at damaging the Republic’s economy will take the form of the distribution of leaflets outside supermarkets. Leaflets have already been distributed to homes in many areas of the city listing articles and produce from the Republic and giving British alternatives. The organisers have emphasised that the boycott is voluntary and although they anticipate massive loyalist support, they insist that no pressure will be exerted on either the public or businesses to support their campaign.