Monday, 6 March 2017

MCGUINNESS HEALTH "PRIVATE MATTER" SAYS PARTY

Sinn Fein say they will not be drawn on speculation that Martin McGuinness is seriously ill as news of the former MLAs health is a "private matter."


Martin McGuinness, aged 66, resigned as Deputy First Minister in January 2017 and opted not to stand in the March elections due to health concerns.

Northern news outlet, the Irish Times, were widely criticised for publishing an article outlining apparent details about Martin McGuinness's illness.

Tributes were widespread after the Republican leader announced his retirement from politics. His key involvement in the peace process a huge point of praise.

Public interest continues as rumours emerge suggesting he has been in hospital for the last two weeks suffering side-effects caused by treatment for a rare health condition.

DERRY YOUTH EMIGRATION LEVELS "FRIGHTENING"

Data from the first batch of results from a new pilot study examining youth attitudes towards emigration in Derry have revealed "frightening" results.


Lack of employment opportunities accounts for the overwhelming reason why young people want to leave Derry.

124 young people of varying backgrounds from right across the city took part and an overwhelming 95% don't see themselves staying in Derry long term.

The study will now move into schools, colleges, training and youth organisations to help map the employment, study and social needs of local young people.

Youth worker and Independent Cllr Darren O'Reilly described the study as a way to get a better understanding of how many young people are leaving and why they would like to leave.

Community worker Kat Healy said the reason for doing the research was because mass youth migration was "a phenomenon in discussions we were having with young people from right across the region."

REPUBLICAN EX-PRISONERS SUPPORT OFFICES ATTACKED

Vandals smashed over a dozen windows at the offices of a support group which provides vital services for hundreds of republican ex-POWs in the Moor over the weekend.


Sinn Fein representatives have condemned the attack on Tar Abhaile

Repairing the damage at the Tar Abhaile office could be substantial, costing hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds, as the glass windows need to be replaced.

The incident in West End Park was condemned by Sinn Fein representatives, Sean McMonagle who works with Tar Abhaile, and The Moor district Councillor Colly Kelly.

Sean McMonagle described the vandals as "idiots, criminals and hoods" and questioned whether the attack may have been deliberately timed following Thursday's election.

The police are appealing for information and encourage people to call 101 quoting the reference number 741, or to contact Crimestroppers anonymously by telephoning 0800 555 111.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

PROTEST AGAINST ATTACKS ON FANS IN DERRY TOMORROW

Supporters, residents and club directors are taking part in a protest walk to the Brandywell.

Local residents and supporters of Derry City Football Club will take to the streets before tomorrow night's match to protest against attacks on visiting fans.

The move comes following the attack on Dundalk fans last week by a mob as a supporters' bus left the Brandywell Stadium after Derry lost 2-1 in the FAI Cup semi-final replay.

A teenage Dundalk fan needed medical attention after he was hit on the head with a bottle during the attack, which is said to have been carried out by local youths.

Club directors will join the symbolic march which will leave from outside Mailey’s Bar at 7.15 pm, going from Lecky Road to the Brandywell before the Premiership tie against Bohemians.

Saturday, 3 September 2016

POLICE LOOKING TO CONTACT WOMAN HIT BY CAR IN WATERSIDE THIS MORNING

A woman was hit by a car in the Waterside early this morning.

The PSNI are appealing to a woman who was hit by a car in Derry early this morning to contact them immediately.

The woman was struck by the vehicle on Duke street at around 4am, however according to a witness she got up and ran away.

A police spokesperson has said they want to make sure the woman is not seriously injured and have asked for her to contact them on 101.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

RIP DERRY CITY LEGEND ARTHUR 'MOUSEY' BRADY

Former Derry City winger Arthur 'Mousey' Brady has died aged 88.

Former Derry City winger Arthur 'Mousey' Brady has passed away at the age of 88.

Affectionately referred to as 'Mousey', tributes have been pouring in on the sad news of his death.

A member of the Candystripes team that won the Irish Cup in 1954, he played a key role in the 1-0 victory against Glentoran.

He is predeceased by his wife, Joan, and survived by his sons Colin, Martin and Paschal.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

ARSON ATTACK AT DERRY SCHOOL

Locals in Gobnascale have called it an ‘attack on the community’

Firefighters tackled a blaze at Immaculate Conception College (formerly St Brecan’s) early this morning after a suspected arson attack occurred.

The gym hall at the former school, which closed in June last year, was engulfed in flames as up to 25 firefighters attended the scene at around 5am.

Despite demolition work beginning in May, this is just the latest report in a long list of incidents of anti-social behaviour on the site of the old school.


Police are treating the incident as deliberate and an investigation is now underway.