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#1985

# 1985 - Saturday 31 December, 2016

Aran sweaters, Avoca rugs and Waterford Crystal Statue of Liberty: Gifts Taoiseach gave Ronald Reagan
# There You Go
# There You Go

Aran sweaters, Avoca rugs and Waterford Crystal Statue of Liberty: Gifts Taoiseach gave Ronald Reagan

Dec 31st 2016, 7:00 PM 8,286 Views 4 Comments

Reagan said the Waterford Crystal Statue of Liberty would be displayed permanently in the Statue of Liberty Museum.

# 1985 - Friday 30 December, 2016

1986: The levels of radioactive material in Irish water, milk and vegetables following Chernobyl
# Sudden Spike
# Sudden Spike

1986: The levels of radioactive material in Irish water, milk and vegetables following Chernobyl

Dec 30th 2016, 6:00 PM 14,425 Views 20 Comments

Arrangements were made to impound any produce which showed unacceptable levels of contamination.

# 1985 - Saturday 14 May, 2016

The Greens' new senator on her activist past and the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior
# IN 1985
# IN 1985

The Greens' new senator on her activist past and the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior

May 14th 2016, 8:00 AM 14,002 Views 34 Comments

Former surf champion Grace O’Sullivan has had a pretty unique career to date.

# 1985 - Saturday 2 January, 2016

How a notorious Nazi war criminal was banned from his picturesque Waterford hideaway
# Dark Past
# Dark Past

How a notorious Nazi war criminal was banned from his picturesque Waterford hideaway

Jan 2nd 2016, 5:00 PM 42,153 Views 46 Comments

Rumours about looted art in the Kilmacthomas estate persisted for years.

The government was very concerned with bike tyres in 1985
# You Shall Not Pass
# You Shall Not Pass

The government was very concerned with bike tyres in 1985

Jan 2nd 2016, 8:30 AM 20,429 Views 16 Comments

Important business…

Margaret Thatcher wanted to crush Loyalist strikers just like she did the miners
# Belfast Bunfight
# Belfast Bunfight

Margaret Thatcher wanted to crush Loyalist strikers just like she did the miners

Jan 2nd 2016, 7:15 AM 14,110 Views 24 Comments

The UK Prime Minister was determined not to let them take down the Anglo-Irish Agreement.

# 1985 - Friday 1 January, 2016

Ireland was terrified that exercise could be the end of us all in the early 1980s...
# Damned Aerobics
# Damned Aerobics

Ireland was terrified that exercise could be the end of us all in the early 1980s...

Jan 1st 2016, 10:00 PM 53,538 Views 28 Comments

Aerobics in particular. And not just because of the 80s legwarmers.

Does St Patrick deserve his own flag? An enterprising Kerryman thought he did
# Patron Saint
# Patron Saint

Does St Patrick deserve his own flag? An enterprising Kerryman thought he did

Jan 1st 2016, 7:30 PM 12,780 Views 55 Comments

The government wouldn’t support the idea.

Glenroe, Dallas and Today Tonight - The top 10 programmes Ireland was watching in 1985
# State Papers
# State Papers

Glenroe, Dallas and Today Tonight - The top 10 programmes Ireland was watching in 1985

Jan 1st 2016, 6:00 PM 1,352 Views 0 Comments

Some things never change with The Late Late Show coming out on top.

An English car enthusiast made a play for Eamon de Valera's Rolls Royce in 1985
# Dev's Car
# Dev's Car

An English car enthusiast made a play for Eamon de Valera's Rolls Royce in 1985

Jan 1st 2016, 3:00 PM 20,101 Views 31 Comments

Ten years after his death Ireland still wasn’t at all sure what was to be done with Dev’s classic car.

Dublin planning officer: More pubs will reduce drink driving as people wouldn't have as far to travel
# 1985
# 1985

Dublin planning officer: More pubs will reduce drink driving as people wouldn't have as far to travel

Jan 1st 2016, 3:00 PM 889 Views 0 Comments

The planning officer for Dublin city and country wanted the one mile restriction between pubs abolished in favour of half mile limits.

The great Donegal postal voting scam of 1985
# Donegal Dodginess
# Donegal Dodginess

The great Donegal postal voting scam of 1985

Jan 1st 2016, 7:30 AM 18,131 Views 20 Comments

An enormous scam to rig postal voting in the north-western county took place. Fortunately, the scammers weren’t all that subtle…

This letter is most blatant Big Tobacco threat to a Taoiseach you're likely to see
# No Qualms
# No Qualms

This letter is most blatant Big Tobacco threat to a Taoiseach you're likely to see

Jan 1st 2016, 7:00 AM 16,368 Views 38 Comments

Carroll Industries threatened to stop investing in businesses if new laws come in

The man who let the Taoiseach know exactly what he thought about Jack the Ripper being Irish
# Not Impressed
# Not Impressed

The man who let the Taoiseach know exactly what he thought about Jack the Ripper being Irish

Jan 1st 2016, 6:10 AM 15,558 Views 13 Comments

Talk about tarring us all with the same brush.

# 1985 - Thursday 31 December, 2015

That time an Irish minister got the UK's Northern Secretary so hammered he had to be walked around a park
# That's How We Roll
# That's How We Roll

That time an Irish minister got the UK's Northern Secretary so hammered he had to be walked around a park

Dec 31st 2015, 9:30 PM 38,575 Views 11 Comments

Douglas Hurd struggled to keep up with our own Peter Barry it seems.

Garret FitzGerald really, really did not like Sinn Féin in 1985
# Mansion House
# Mansion House

Garret FitzGerald really, really did not like Sinn Féin in 1985

Dec 31st 2015, 8:15 PM 15,620 Views 115 Comments

The then Taoiseach even reached out to his nemesis Charles Haughey in an attempt to stymie Gerry Adams’ party.

Irish prisons ran out of overtime cash in 1984 - so they started letting prisoners go early
# Off You Go So
# Off You Go So

Irish prisons ran out of overtime cash in 1984 - so they started letting prisoners go early

Dec 31st 2015, 6:00 PM 9,965 Views 8 Comments

The process was known as ‘shedding’.

State Papers 1985: Garret Fitzgerald's government wasn't too keen on helping Stardust victims
# Terror Blaze
# Terror Blaze

State Papers 1985: Garret Fitzgerald's government wasn't too keen on helping Stardust victims

Dec 31st 2015, 8:30 AM 15,173 Views 28 Comments

An official wanted a redress scheme kept well away from the Taoiseach’s department.

30 years ago, Dublin was a crime-riddled joyrider's paradise
# State Papers
# State Papers

30 years ago, Dublin was a crime-riddled joyrider's paradise

Dec 31st 2015, 7:15 AM 21,914 Views 36 Comments

The damage being done with stolen cars in particular had the population terrified.

Governor warned of potential 'bloodbath' among IRA prisoners if rubber bullets were removed
# RIOT CONTROL
# RIOT CONTROL

Governor warned of potential 'bloodbath' among IRA prisoners if rubber bullets were removed

Dec 31st 2015, 6:10 AM 12,589 Views 1 Comment

The government wanted to stop using them as part of efforts to rid them from Northern Ireland.

# 1985 - Wednesday 30 December, 2015

'Say the daily rosary': This is the kind of fan mail you get when you're Taoiseach
# 1985 State Papers
# 1985 State Papers

'Say the daily rosary': This is the kind of fan mail you get when you're Taoiseach

Dec 30th 2015, 10:00 PM 14,303 Views 11 Comments

Garret Fitzgerald got quite a bit when he signed the Anglo-Irish agreement.

Irish people really didn't like paying for their TV licence 30 years ago
# State Papers
# State Papers

Irish people really didn't like paying for their TV licence 30 years ago

Dec 30th 2015, 6:30 PM 15,187 Views 64 Comments

The government needed to make savings in 1985, and RTE was very much in the firing line.

The government wanted to launch a phone-tapping bill in 1985...
# Someone's Listening
# Someone's Listening

The government wanted to launch a phone-tapping bill in 1985...

Dec 30th 2015, 11:30 AM 8,250 Views 23 Comments

And they were very worried about the legal ramifications of it.

David Cameron adviser apologises over 'offensive' 1985 memo about black rioters
# Oliver Letwin
# Oliver Letwin

David Cameron adviser apologises over 'offensive' 1985 memo about black rioters

Dec 30th 2015, 10:08 AM 13,722 Views 49 Comments

The memo was sent to the then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher back in 1985.

An Archbishop, a Taoiseach and an angry face-off over IRA violence and 'genocide'
# A Just War?
# A Just War?

An Archbishop, a Taoiseach and an angry face-off over IRA violence and 'genocide'

Dec 30th 2015, 9:00 AM 23,557 Views 138 Comments

Garret Fitzgerald said the New York meeting was the most tense he has as Taoiseach outside Ireland.

30 years ago Dunnes Stores was involved in ANOTHER workers' dispute... one that shook the world
# Apartheid
# Apartheid

30 years ago Dunnes Stores was involved in ANOTHER workers' dispute... one that shook the world

Dec 30th 2015, 7:30 AM 14,749 Views 13 Comments

The protest of Dunnes workers against South Africa’s apartheid regime was one of the most compelling stories of 1985.

When Maggie dropped some epic shade on Garret FitzGerald...
# Ouch
# Ouch

When Maggie dropped some epic shade on Garret FitzGerald...

Dec 30th 2015, 6:30 AM 9,587 Views 29 Comments

Mrs Thatcher was not a fan of Ministers for Foreign Affairs.

Pornography being shown in pubs had the government in a fluster 30 years ago
# Nudey Films
# Nudey Films

Pornography being shown in pubs had the government in a fluster 30 years ago

Dec 30th 2015, 6:05 AM 25,505 Views 25 Comments

The government of the time was not one bit happy at the thought of sex shops coming to these shores either.

Womanhood on trial: The letters received by the Taoiseach during the Kerry Babies saga
# Kerry Babies
# Kerry Babies

Womanhood on trial: The letters received by the Taoiseach during the Kerry Babies saga

Dec 30th 2015, 6:05 AM 23,764 Views 30 Comments

Documents released under the 30-year rule show the public interest in the tragedies.

# 1985 - Saturday 10 October, 2015

The Goonies is 30 - here's what became of the cast of an 80s classic
# Sloth Love Chunk
# Sloth Love Chunk

The Goonies is 30 - here's what became of the cast of an 80s classic

Oct 10th 2015, 5:00 PM 44,380 Views 48 Comments

One of the greatest kids movies of all time is three decades old. Time flies.

# 1985 - Wednesday 16 September, 2015

Man who 'assassinated a garda in cold blood' refused temporary release
# Courts
# Courts

Man who 'assassinated a garda in cold blood' refused temporary release

Sep 16th 2015, 7:30 PM 22,769 Views 43 Comments

Michael McHugh was initially sentenced to death but is now serving a 40-year prison term.

# 1985 - Friday 2 September, 2011

Ban lifted on Dire Straits song
# Money For Nothing
From The Daily Edge
# Money For Nothing

Ban lifted on Dire Straits song

Sep 2nd 2011, 2:51 PM 1,283 Views 21 Comments

Money for Nothing was banned from broadcast in Canada following complaints about a lyric that a listener found offensive.