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#1984

# 1984 - All time

The secret songs, pleading letters, and big name snubs of Ireland's plans to entertain Ronald Reagan
# Let Me Entertain You
From The Daily Edge
# Let Me Entertain You

The secret songs, pleading letters, and big name snubs of Ireland's plans to entertain Ronald Reagan

Jan 1st 2017, 4:00 PM 16,675 Views 10 Comments

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
# State Papers
# State Papers

1984: Letters from UK praise Irish people for their 'warm humanity' and generosity after Band Aid

Dec 31st 2016, 10:15 PM 17,793 Views 34 Comments

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?
# Eavesdropping
# Eavesdropping

Are Samsung's Smart TVs really listening in on your conversations?

Feb 10th 2015, 2:05 PM 24,717 Views 29 Comments

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
# 1984
# 1984

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

Jan 3rd 2015, 11:30 AM 7,597 Views 12 Comments

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

The day an Irish fishing boat was sunk by a British submarine
# Cold War
# Cold War

The day an Irish fishing boat was sunk by a British submarine

Jan 1st 2015, 7:30 PM 38,969 Views 51 Comments

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
# 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 9,653 Views 18 Comments

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
# Apartheid
# Apartheid

Irish parachutists given out to for breaking rules on apartheid

Dec 30th 2014, 3:00 PM 14,294 Views 22 Comments

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
# State Papers
# State Papers

This American lady begged the Prime Minister to save the leprechaun

Dec 29th 2014, 8:45 AM 18,323 Views 20 Comments

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

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 13,841 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 15,868 Views 13 Comments

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"
# Interview
# Interview

"I would have preferred not to have seen Mr Browne at all"

Dec 27th 2014, 5:00 PM 29,990 Views 37 Comments

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
# 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 19,698 Views 37 Comments

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
# 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 18,021 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 8,649 Views 5 Comments

Notes from a secret meeting have just been released.

Ombudsman finds 'no evidence' that RUC involved in murder attempt on Gerry Adams
# 1984
# 1984

Ombudsman finds 'no evidence' that RUC involved in murder attempt on Gerry Adams

Jun 19th 2014, 8:27 AM 6,442 Views 89 Comments

The Sinn Féin Leader believes that the report is incomplete.

Here's what you were enjoying on this day 10 years ago
# Reeling In The Years
From The Daily Edge
# Reeling In The Years

Here's what you were enjoying on this day 10 years ago

Jan 5th 2014, 9:30 AM 37,647 Views 33 Comments

Or 20 years ago, or even 30…

Thatcher considered redrawing NI border to move Catholic areas south
# 1984
# 1984

Thatcher considered redrawing NI border to move Catholic areas south

Jan 3rd 2014, 8:41 AM 27,157 Views 230 Comments

The plan was revealed by British state papers released under the 30 year rule.

George Orwell warned us about more than just Big Brother
# Futurist
# Futurist

George Orwell warned us about more than just Big Brother

Jun 29th 2013, 8:30 PM 36,732 Views 39 Comments

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
# Big Brother
# Big Brother

Sales of George Orwell's '1984' up 6,000% since US surveillance scandal

Jun 12th 2013, 7:49 AM 8,872 Views 43 Comments

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?
# Mystery
# Mystery

Do you know where these photos of the 1984 European elections were taken?

Mar 23rd 2013, 9:45 AM 11,866 Views 38 Comments

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
# Coming Soon
# Coming Soon

Video: What futuristic films promised would happen by now

Sep 23rd 2012, 9:15 AM 7,163 Views 15 Comments

Computer tablets, Big Brother and exploding supernovas – some of these have come true…

Player strike brings La Liga season to a halt
# Disruption
From The42
# Disruption

Player strike brings La Liga season to a halt

Aug 19th 2011, 3:25 PM 200 Views 3 Comments

Disagreement over salaries means Spanish players’ may have to cut short the traditional mid-season winter break.