Of Times Gone By...August 1980

Rossville Flats camera move resisted - As British soldiers moved a closed circuit television back to the top of Rossville Street flats, Derry City Councillor Raymond McClean said that the pressure would be kept up to get the camera and the soldiers removed from the site.

And he added that the matter would be taken to a higher level than the commander of the army in the Derry area, Brigadier Colin Shortis.

At the July meeting of the City Council, a resolution was passed stating that the army occupation of the top of the flats was counterproductive to community harmony and should desist immediately.

During recent weeks talks had taken place between Councillor McClean, representatives of the residents of the flats and senior army officers, and it was hoped that an agreement could be reached for the removal of the camera and soldiers. But that hope ended when the army moved in to replace the camera. Councillor McClean said he was “disappointed.”

Teachers worried, says INTO man - Commenting on the latest government cuts which were to slice another £10 million off education, Mr James Quinn, Northern Committee, INTO, said it was difficult to see where further changes could be made.

He said; “There have already been two cutbacks in the last twelve months and, with the failure to match the inflation rate, a third, and hidden stop, had been applied to the education service. The Western Education and Library Board have, to their credit, endeavoured to avoid job losses and have saved money by cutting back on hours but it’s doubtful if this arrangement could continue. Teachers are understandably worried about their own position. So far, because of control by central government, Northern Ireland has not experienced the same degree of redundancy in the profession suffered by colleagues in England and Wales, where local education authorities decide their own levels of staffing.

‘Derry City should go to League of Ireland’ - A Derry City Councillor has said that the management of Derry City FC is living in a “dream world” when they talk about getting back into Irish League senior soccer and he has suggested that instead the team should be seeking membership of the League of Ireland.

The comments were made by Irish Independence Party councillor Liam Bradley, who said that Derry City FC would need to “seriously consider their future plans for football in the Derry area”.

Councillor Bradley referred to the trouble caused by Linfield fans in Sligo when their team went there to meet Sligo Rovers in the Tylers Cup recently.

Councillor Bradley said there was an afternoon of violence in the town with stone throwing, bottle throwing, and baton charges. He said that the trouble started as soon as the fans entered the town, and then during the match stones and bottles were thrown onto the field after Sligo Rovers scored.