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Friday 8 December 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# 1984

All time
The secret songs, pleading letters, and big name snubs of Ireland's plans to entertain Ronald Reagan
Brendan Grace and Phil Coulter both wanted a piece of the pie.
1984: Letters from UK praise Irish people for their 'warm humanity' and generosity after Band Aid
One woman in England said it was a shame that FitzGerald was not their Prime Minister.
Are Samsung's Smart TVs really listening in on your conversations?
The company has been criticised for a policy which would allow its smart TVs to listen to you, but are these fears overblown?
Government Buildings got a lick of paint when Ronald Reagan came to visit
Including varnishing, carpets, ceiling tiles and “general cleaning up”.
The day an Irish fishing boat was sunk by a British submarine
Newly released documents show the Government had ‘no intention’ to get involved in the crew’s case against the UK.
Taoiseach's office had to confirm that 'Éire' would NOT be removed from Irish stamps in 1982
Questions were asked whether An Post should be given an “entirely free hand” in the designing of stamps.
Irish parachutists given out to for breaking rules on apartheid
The Minister for Foreign Affairs was afraid their participation would give the wrong impression of where Ireland stood on the apartheid issue.
This American lady begged the Prime Minister to save the leprechaun
“In our hearts we know they are still there.”
Haughey warned about possible international law breach with 'illegitimate' children and divorce
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....
The country was in the midst of a recession with unemployment up to 16.1%.
"I would have preferred not to have seen Mr Browne at all"
Vincent Browne wanted to interview the Irish Ambassador in 1984 – who wasn’t happy about it.
This man warned that Ireland could end up needing a bailout... 30 years ago
State papers reveal how Alan Dukes warned his cabinet colleagues of the need to cut spending.
This 1984 memo to the Taoiseach is why you can't buy bangers at Halloween
You can buy all the toy gun caps you like though.
John Hume was 'rather blunt' with Margaret Thatcher in secret meeting
Notes from a secret meeting have just been released.
Ombudsman finds 'no evidence' that RUC involved in murder attempt on Gerry Adams
The Sinn Féin Leader believes that the report is incomplete.
Here's what you were enjoying on this day 10 years ago
Or 20 years ago, or even 30…
Thatcher considered redrawing NI border to move Catholic areas south
The plan was revealed by British state papers released under the 30 year rule.
George Orwell warned us about more than just Big Brother
Countryside overrun by housing developments, commercialism and greed – the 1984 author is one to re-read.
Sales of George Orwell's '1984' up 6,000% since US surveillance scandal
The disclosure of the American authorities’ surveillance programmes has led to a spike in the novel that has become synonymous with government overreach.
Do you know where these photos of the 1984 European elections were taken?
Do you recognise that school? Did you grow up on that street? Is that your ma?
Video: What futuristic films promised would happen by now
Computer tablets, Big Brother and exploding supernovas – some of these have come true…
Player strike brings La Liga season to a halt
Disagreement over salaries means Spanish players’ may have to cut short the traditional mid-season winter break.