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# STATE PAPERS 2018

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# State Papers
In 1973 the government had to politely explain why it couldn't cash a near 100-year-old bond
Hundreds of thousands of these bonds were issued in the 19th century to raise support for Irish nationalism.
# The Soldier's Song
For decades, Irish taoisigh have been getting letters suggesting alternatives to the national anthem
Some people even wrote their own.
# State Papers
'Pub life and gambling': A Soviet Russian guide to 1970s Ireland
Yuri Ustimenko was Russian news agency TAAS’ Irish correspondent from 1969 to 1971.
# IMITATIONS
'Baylas', 'Beilis', 'Queillys': In the 1980s the government was urged to tackle cheap Spanish Baileys knock-offs
Locally produced copies of “extremely poor quality” were a persistent issue for importers.
# trade partners
Ireland considered sanctions on Gaddafi's Libya over IRA support but was worried about beef
Ireland had built up a valuable beef export partnership with Libya.
# State Papers
Garrett FitzGerald told Margaret Thatcher: 'John Hume will generally do what he is asked to do'
The frank assessment came in meeting between the pair in The Hague in 1986.
# State Papers
Charlie Haughey was urged to pressure 'British arrogance' over Birmingham Six and Guildford Four
The convictions of the nine men and one women were ultimately quashed.
# Hodges figgis
'I'll wreck the joint': The day poet Patrick Kavanagh threatened Dublin's booksellers
“I will break every bloody bookshop in the city up,” Kavanagh barked at Hodges Figgis staff.
# STATE PAPERS 2018
Imprisoned Gerry Conlon slams 'judicial terrorists' in 1988 letter to Haughey
By 1988, The Guildford Four had served over 13 years in prison having been handed down life sentences.
# State Papers
'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.
# STATE PAPERS 2018
State papers shed new light on family of Gibraltar Three's fight for truth
Newly released state papers show that a meeting was arranged between family members and then-Tánaiste Brian Lenihan.