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#state papers 1988

# state-papers-1988 - Sunday 30 December, 2018

'It would be disastrous': People wrote to government in 1988 over concerns of a seal cull in Co Mayo

The government had ordered a seal census on the west coast to determine whether a cull was necessary.

Concerns were raised by women in 1986 over waiting times for cervical smear tests results

19 women wrote to the then-Minister for Women’s Affairs and Family Law about the issue, State Papers reveal.

# state-papers-1988 - Saturday 29 December, 2018

'Wasteful' proposals smacked down in 1987 departmental row over Dublin Millennium expenses

In 1988, the Department of Finance wasn’t happy with what it viewed as numerous “wasteful” projects.

# state-papers-1988 - Friday 28 December, 2018

'A mad priest careering around Europe': Haughey and Thatcher clash over IRA clergyman

Father Patrick Ryan was suspected of being an IRA quartermaster active in Belgium.