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#1986 state papers

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The government brought in word processors in the 1980s - and civil servants weren't too happy
# Word Processing Problems
# Word Processing Problems

The government brought in word processors in the 1980s - and civil servants weren't too happy

Jan 3rd 2017, 7:00 PM 15,814 Views 23 Comments

One civil servant had to routinely work through lunch and late in the day to catch up on work.

The Government opposed giving any special money to help people left devastated by Hurricane Charley
# 1986 State Papers
# 1986 State Papers

The Government opposed giving any special money to help people left devastated by Hurricane Charley

Jan 2nd 2017, 6:00 PM 14,956 Views 21 Comments

Hurricane Charley swept across numerous counties in 1986 but Wicklow suffered the most.

The government was worried a Russian nuclear satellite was about to fall on our heads 30 years ago
# Skyfall
# Skyfall

The government was worried a Russian nuclear satellite was about to fall on our heads 30 years ago

Jan 1st 2017, 11:00 PM 14,571 Views 10 Comments

The Russian satellite Cosmos 1402 was set to fall from the skies in January 1983.

Ireland risked a PR disaster by billing for post mortems following the Air India 747 bombing
# Flight 182
# Flight 182

Ireland risked a PR disaster by billing for post mortems following the Air India 747 bombing

Jan 1st 2017, 6:30 AM 23,488 Views 3 Comments

The bombing of Air India Flight 182 off the coast of Cork in June 1985 dropped Ireland into the middle of a humanitarian disaster recovery operation.

Ireland tried to ban smoking in public in 1986 - and Big Tobacco was not impressed
# Lovely Fags Ban
# Lovely Fags Ban

Ireland tried to ban smoking in public in 1986 - and Big Tobacco was not impressed

Dec 31st 2016, 8:15 PM 13,915 Views 16 Comments

1986 saw government health warnings introduced on tobacco products in Ireland for the first time.

'It outsold U2' - an album of Bosco songs was one of RTÉ's biggest hits in 1984
# Hello Boys And Girls
From The Daily Edge
# Hello Boys And Girls

'It outsold U2' - an album of Bosco songs was one of RTÉ's biggest hits in 1984

Dec 31st 2016, 4:00 PM 11,476 Views 28 Comments

Did you have Bosco Sings in your house?

Irish politicians really wanted Bob Geldof to win the Nobel Peace Prize
# 1986
# 1986

Irish politicians really wanted Bob Geldof to win the Nobel Peace Prize

Dec 30th 2016, 11:21 AM 9,157 Views 31 Comments

It didn’t happen for Bob though.

A Donegal child wrote a letter to Garret FitzGerald in 1984 having a sly dig at Charlie Haughey
# Pen Pals
From The Daily Edge
# Pen Pals

A Donegal child wrote a letter to Garret FitzGerald in 1984 having a sly dig at Charlie Haughey

Dec 30th 2016, 9:30 AM 15,767 Views 9 Comments

“I don’t like the way Charlie is doing it”.

Government investigated whether Josef Mengele spent time in Ireland after World War II
# 1986 State Papers
# 1986 State Papers

Government investigated whether Josef Mengele spent time in Ireland after World War II

Dec 30th 2016, 7:15 AM 17,736 Views 11 Comments

The Nazi war criminal was suspected to have spent six weeks in Ireland under an assumed name

'A punishment from God's own hand' - the Irish got Biblical in their objections to 1985's contraception law
# Divine Argument
# Divine Argument

'A punishment from God's own hand' - the Irish got Biblical in their objections to 1985's contraception law

Dec 30th 2016, 6:45 AM 15,422 Views 101 Comments

The 1985 Family Planning Act saw contraceptives made legal for over-18s without a prescription from selected outlets for the first time.

Government considered using 'AIDS argument' in David Norris gay rights case
# Norris V Ireland
# Norris V Ireland

Government considered using 'AIDS argument' in David Norris gay rights case

Dec 30th 2016, 6:45 AM 21,625 Views 49 Comments

In battling David Norris’ claims that Irish homosexuality laws were in breach of his human rights, the government was considering all kinds of defences.