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Sunday 5 February 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# 1986

All time
# Upset
Stunning scenes as USA sensationally fail to reach World Cup for first time since 1986
Bruce Arena’s side suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Trinidad and Tobago.
# The Clontibret affair
The night Peter Robinson and a gang of masked loyalists invaded a Co Monaghan village
The incursion terrorised a village – and later criminal charges threatened to derail the future first minister’s career.
# State Papers
1938 Ireland: Post office clerk fired after £10 disappeared and he bought new suits and a bicycle
Pearoid was paid £2.5.6 a week, with his lodging costing £1.2.6 a week.
# Word processing problems
The government brought in word processors in the 1980s - and civil servants weren't too happy
One civil servant had to routinely work through lunch and late in the day to catch up on work.
# taking responsibility
Irish ambassador said Russians blaming Chernobyl staff was a 'typical Soviet tactic'
Nuclear fallout and Soviet scepticism feature in official Irish state papers on the Chernobyl disaster.
# 1986 state papers
The Government opposed giving any special money to help people left devastated by Hurricane Charley
Hurricane Charley swept across numerous counties in 1986 but Wicklow suffered the most.
# let me entertain you
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.
# Divorce referendum
'Doomed to live alone': Mother pleads with Garret FitzGerald for divorce referendum
The 27-year-old woman said Irish people should be given the opportunity to have a say in “their own destiny”.
# 1986 state paprs
Ireland's death penalty was a 'quaint throwback' but not everyone wanted to get rid of it
Thirty years ago, there were some political considerations.
# flight 182
Ireland risked a PR disaster by billing for post mortems following the Air India 747 bombing
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.
# State Papers
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.
# War games
'Play your war games somewhere else': Anger as submarines caused havoc for Irish fishing industry in 1986
A number of incidents involving Irish trawlers and foreign submarines were reported in 1986.
# getting rid of the gallows
30 years ago most Irish people wanted garda killers to be executed
The death penalty wasn’t abolished in Ireland until 1990.
# lovely fags ban
Ireland tried to ban smoking in public in 1986 - and Big Tobacco was not impressed
1986 saw government health warnings introduced on tobacco products in Ireland for the first time.
# padre free-o
Government urged to help free priest charged with murder of Filipino mayor
Fr Niall O’Brien was arrested in 1983 over the death of a local politician.
# there you go
Aran sweaters, Avoca rugs and Waterford Crystal Statue of Liberty: Gifts Taoiseach gave Ronald Reagan
Reagan said the Waterford Crystal Statue of Liberty would be displayed permanently in the Statue of Liberty Museum.
# hello boys and girls
'It outsold U2' - an album of Bosco songs was one of RTÉ's biggest hits in 1984
Did you have Bosco Sings in your house?
# what's the big idea?
'Sell water to Saudi Arabia and turf to England': A Londoner's advice to Garret FitzGerald
William Long, from Essex, wrote to the then Taoiseach with his plans for Irish trade.
# sudden spike
1986: The levels of radioactive material in Irish water, milk and vegetables following Chernobyl
Arrangements were made to impound any produce which showed unacceptable levels of contamination.
# State Papers
1986: Mother of four abused by husband writes letter to Taoiseach outlining need for divorce
“God never intended continual punishment for one mistake.”
# 1986
Irish politicians really wanted Bob Geldof to win the Nobel Peace Prize
It didn’t happen for Bob though.
# pen pals
A Donegal child wrote a letter to Garret FitzGerald in 1984 having a sly dig at Charlie Haughey
“I don’t like the way Charlie is doing it”.
# 1986 state papers
Government investigated whether Josef Mengele spent time in Ireland after World War II
The Nazi war criminal was suspected to have spent six weeks in Ireland under an assumed name
# divine argument
'A punishment from God's own hand' - the Irish got Biblical in their objections to 1985's contraception law
The 1985 Family Planning Act saw contraceptives made legal for over-18s without a prescription from selected outlets for the first time.
# norris v ireland
Government considered using 'AIDS argument' in David Norris gay rights case
In battling David Norris’ claims that Irish homosexuality laws were in breach of his human rights, the government was considering all kinds of defences.
# well pleased
Enda fan wrote to 1986 Taoiseach to say people in the west happy with Kenny's latest appointment
The letter was sent from Drimnagh in Dublin.
# cutting your cloth
Take 4: Homes for every budget around Ireland
Here is our pick of properties from €250,000… up to €1 million.
# Simon Harris
So just how young is the country's youngest junior minister?... The Edge has hats that are older
At 27, Simon Harris is now our most senior junior minister. Makes you wonder what you’ve been doing with your life, doesn’t it?
# Looking Back
5 memorable past Germany-Argentina clashes
This is the third consecutive World Cup in which the sides have met.
# Anniversary
On this date: Challenger space shuttle explodes after take-off
It was on this day in 1986 that the space shuttle exploded just 73 seconds into its launch from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. All seven crewmembers were killed.
# Who Are Ya
A Bluffer's Guide to ... Uruguay
We give you a few tidbits on Ireland’s opposition so that you won’t be stuck for something intelligent to say in the pub tomorrow evening.