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#1984 State Papers

# 1984-state-papers - Saturday 3 January, 2015

Government Buildings got a lick of paint when Ronald Reagan came to visit
# 1984
# 1984

Government Buildings got a lick of paint when Ronald Reagan came to visit

Jan 3rd 2015, 11:30 AM 7,586 Views 12 Comments

Including varnishing, carpets, ceiling tiles and “general cleaning up”.

# 1984-state-papers - Friday 2 January, 2015

This 8-year-old wrote to the Taoiseach in 1984 because RTÉ was 'mean to block sunshine'
# Meanies
# Meanies

This 8-year-old wrote to the Taoiseach in 1984 because RTÉ was 'mean to block sunshine'

Jan 2nd 2015, 8:30 PM 25,425 Views 16 Comments

She said she wanted RTÉ to ‘stop being mean’ to a pirate radio station.

# 1984-state-papers - Thursday 1 January, 2015

Government was worried about hiking up tax on booze in 1984 because we were so broke...
# 1984 State Papers
# 1984 State Papers

Government was worried about hiking up tax on booze in 1984 because we were so broke...

Jan 1st 2015, 10:15 AM 11,271 Views 17 Comments

… but they did it anyway.

# 1984-state-papers - Wednesday 31 December, 2014

Taoiseach's office had to confirm that 'Éire' would NOT be removed from Irish stamps in 1982
# An Post
# An Post

Taoiseach's office had to confirm that 'Éire' would NOT be removed from Irish stamps in 1982

Dec 31st 2014, 7:00 PM 9,632 Views 18 Comments

Questions were asked whether An Post should be given an “entirely free hand” in the designing of stamps.

# 1984-state-papers - Tuesday 30 December, 2014

Stop it! RTÉ was told to stop jamming pirate radio stations
# 1984 State Papers
# 1984 State Papers

Stop it! RTÉ was told to stop jamming pirate radio stations

Dec 30th 2014, 8:00 AM 12,954 Views 21 Comments

Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald said the Government were not trying to be “spoil-sports”.

Thirty years ago, a Fine Gael government was worried that Sinn Féin 'could deliver'
# 1984 State Papers
# 1984 State Papers

Thirty years ago, a Fine Gael government was worried that Sinn Féin 'could deliver'

Dec 30th 2014, 7:15 AM 8,736 Views 51 Comments

Foreign Affairs Minister Peter Barry didn’t like that Sinn Féin representatives were being listened to.

# 1984-state-papers - Monday 29 December, 2014

This American lady begged the Prime Minister to save the leprechaun
# State Papers
# State Papers

This American lady begged the Prime Minister to save the leprechaun

Dec 29th 2014, 8:45 AM 18,314 Views 20 Comments

“In our hearts we know they are still there.”

# 1984-state-papers - Sunday 28 December, 2014

Haughey warned about possible international law breach with 'illegitimate' children and divorce
# 1984 State Papers
# 1984 State Papers

Haughey warned about possible international law breach with 'illegitimate' children and divorce

Dec 28th 2014, 4:30 PM 13,763 Views 30 Comments

Ireland wanted to ‘avoid a situation’ where it was found to be in breach of its international commitments.

Ads for Transformer toys and Barbie's Star Traveller were a big worry in the 1980s....
# Recession
# Recession

Ads for Transformer toys and Barbie's Star Traveller were a big worry in the 1980s....

Dec 28th 2014, 11:30 AM 15,829 Views 13 Comments

The country was in the midst of a recession with unemployment up to 16.1%.

Water cannons could be "more lethal than plastic bullets". That's what the UK told Ireland...
# 1984 State Papers
# 1984 State Papers

Water cannons could be "more lethal than plastic bullets". That's what the UK told Ireland...

Dec 28th 2014, 10:00 AM 12,992 Views 77 Comments

17 people were killed by either rubber or plastic bullets during The Troubles.

Ireland wanted to sell water to Saudi Arabia for $5 a barrel in the 1980s
# We Have What You Need
# We Have What You Need

Ireland wanted to sell water to Saudi Arabia for $5 a barrel in the 1980s

Dec 28th 2014, 8:45 AM 20,148 Views 107 Comments

There was one problem… Japan also wanted to.

# 1984-state-papers - Saturday 27 December, 2014

Thatcher in '84: 'The Irish don't like to move, but they're all terribly happy to move to Britain'
# 1984 State Papers
# 1984 State Papers

Thatcher in '84: 'The Irish don't like to move, but they're all terribly happy to move to Britain'

Dec 27th 2014, 8:17 PM 68,659 Views 163 Comments

The PM’s comments have been revealed in newly released state documents.

This man warned that Ireland could end up needing a bailout... 30 years ago
# Dukes Of Hazard
# Dukes Of Hazard

This man warned that Ireland could end up needing a bailout... 30 years ago

Dec 27th 2014, 2:16 PM 19,670 Views 37 Comments

State papers reveal how Alan Dukes warned his cabinet colleagues of the need to cut spending.

In 1983 there was a chance a Soviet spy satellite would fall on Ireland
# 1984 State Papers
# 1984 State Papers

In 1983 there was a chance a Soviet spy satellite would fall on Ireland

Dec 27th 2014, 10:30 AM 9,133 Views 12 Comments

There was one in 10,000 chance nuclear-powered Cosmo 1402 would fall over Ireland.

Thousands of Northern refugees streamed over the border in the 1970s - some were called "ungrateful"
# State Papers
# State Papers

Thousands of Northern refugees streamed over the border in the 1970s - some were called "ungrateful"

Dec 27th 2014, 8:45 AM 26,091 Views 76 Comments

The situation is detailed in a memo to Government from 1973.

The secret note that revealed how much Margaret Thatcher trusted Garret Fitzgerald
# State Papers
# State Papers

The secret note that revealed how much Margaret Thatcher trusted Garret Fitzgerald

Dec 27th 2014, 8:15 AM 17,822 Views 38 Comments

A steering note before Garret Fitzgerald’s meeting with Margaret Thatcher shows us how she was “by political preference” a Unionist.

This 1984 memo to the Taoiseach is why you can't buy bangers at Halloween
# State Papers
# State Papers

This 1984 memo to the Taoiseach is why you can't buy bangers at Halloween

Dec 27th 2014, 7:45 AM 17,913 Views 16 Comments

You can buy all the toy gun caps you like though.

John Hume was 'rather blunt' with Margaret Thatcher in secret meeting
# 1984
# 1984

John Hume was 'rather blunt' with Margaret Thatcher in secret meeting

Dec 27th 2014, 7:10 AM 8,590 Views 5 Comments

Notes from a secret meeting have just been released.