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#State Papers

# state-papers - Tuesday 29 December, 2020

British concerned Ireland could 'exaggerate' 1997 Famine apology to draw parallel with Bloody Sunday
# State Papers
# State Papers

British concerned Ireland could 'exaggerate' 1997 Famine apology to draw parallel with Bloody Sunday

Dec 29th 2020, 8:26 AM 44,845 Views 60 Comments

Tony Blair received a ‘warm’ welcome for the apology made in Cork in 1997.

# state-papers - Sunday 27 December, 2020

Mandela wrote letter to Haughey soon after his release asking him to postpone a decision on easing sanctions
# South Africa
# South Africa

Mandela wrote letter to Haughey soon after his release asking him to postpone a decision on easing sanctions

Dec 27th 2020, 12:10 AM 37,619 Views 6 Comments

Mandela was deputy president of the African National Congress (ANC) and was negotiating an end to the apartheid regime.

# state-papers - Friday 3 January, 2020

Inside 1989: What Irish business looked like 30 years ago
# Policy And Economy
# Policy And Economy

Inside 1989: What Irish business looked like 30 years ago

Jan 3rd 2020, 11:10 AM 665 Views 0 Comments

From Intel to Coillte, the State Papers show the foundation of modern Ireland.

# state-papers - Wednesday 1 January, 2020

'Dear Charlie': State Papers reveal 'warm congratulations' sent after Haughey regained power in 1989
# State Papers
# State Papers

'Dear Charlie': State Papers reveal 'warm congratulations' sent after Haughey regained power in 1989

Jan 1st 2020, 12:00 PM 17,561 Views 19 Comments

While Iran sent flowers, Pakistan praised Haughey’s “outstanding qualities of wisdom and leadership” after the general election.

'Crumlin Village has become intolerable': 1980s letters show Dubliners' fears about high crime rate
# State Papers
# State Papers

'Crumlin Village has become intolerable': 1980s letters show Dubliners' fears about high crime rate

Jan 1st 2020, 8:00 AM 28,658 Views 5 Comments

People across Dublin raised concerns about spates of crime in their locality in the 1980s, State Papers reveal.

# state-papers - Tuesday 31 December, 2019

Rudy Giuliani's 'ineptitude' and 'lack of knowledge' criticised by Irish diplomat following 1989 lunch
# State Papers
# State Papers

Rudy Giuliani's 'ineptitude' and 'lack of knowledge' criticised by Irish diplomat following 1989 lunch

Dec 31st 2019, 7:15 AM 37,767 Views 7 Comments

Giuliani had just launched his 1989 mayoral campaign when a Government official lunched with the Republican politician.

# state-papers - Monday 30 December, 2019

Irish government ‘outraged’ over IRFU participation in South Africa sports event
# Apartheid
# Apartheid

Irish government ‘outraged’ over IRFU participation in South Africa sports event

Dec 30th 2019, 11:00 AM 27,389 Views 42 Comments

Details of correspondence and government letters have been released by the National Archives.

Charlie Haughey's hotel suite during a visit to France was triple the cost of the room given to another minister
# State Papers
# State Papers

Charlie Haughey's hotel suite during a visit to France was triple the cost of the room given to another minister

Dec 30th 2019, 8:45 AM 26,684 Views 30 Comments

The government also took special care with the visit of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Abdullah.

'Beauty and splendour' of Adare Manor passed over as possible 1989 East-West summit venue
# STATE PAPERS 1989
# STATE PAPERS 1989

'Beauty and splendour' of Adare Manor passed over as possible 1989 East-West summit venue

Dec 30th 2019, 7:00 AM 13,577 Views 2 Comments

Charles Haughey wished “to reply personally” to Adare’s Managing Director.

# state-papers - Sunday 29 December, 2019

'A statement of national pride' with 30-mile views: the unsuccessful plan to build Dublin's Eiffel Tower
# Millennium Tower
# Millennium Tower

'A statement of national pride' with 30-mile views: the unsuccessful plan to build Dublin's Eiffel Tower

Dec 29th 2019, 9:00 PM 32,693 Views 31 Comments

The £40m building was projected to attract 500,000 visitors every year.

'Best, clearest, latest state-of-the-art binoculars in the world' for Haughey during Japan visit
# DEAR MR PRESIDENT
# DEAR MR PRESIDENT

'Best, clearest, latest state-of-the-art binoculars in the world' for Haughey during Japan visit

Dec 29th 2019, 6:00 PM 22,583 Views 27 Comments

Naturally, as Taoiseach, Haughey was given two free pairs.

Beneath the surface: the plan for a £15m underground shopping mall at the site of Nelson's Pillar
# Going Underground
# Going Underground

Beneath the surface: the plan for a £15m underground shopping mall at the site of Nelson's Pillar

Dec 29th 2019, 5:00 PM 39,529 Views 33 Comments

Details of the plan were released this week under the 30-year State Papers rule.

The 'unfortunate' 1989 interview with Northern Ireland secretary Peter Brooke
# State Papers
# State Papers

The 'unfortunate' 1989 interview with Northern Ireland secretary Peter Brooke

Dec 29th 2019, 12:00 PM 27,664 Views 4 Comments

Peter Brooke said that it was “difficult to envisage a military defeat” of the IRA, and compared Ireland to Cyprus.

An IRA 'propaganda victory': US embassy was asked not to issue travel advice after 1980s rail bombings
# STATE PAPERS 1989
# STATE PAPERS 1989

An IRA 'propaganda victory': US embassy was asked not to issue travel advice after 1980s rail bombings

Dec 29th 2019, 7:00 AM 13,319 Views 3 Comments

The Irish and UK governments expressed their concern at a travel advisory being issued to US travellers, confidential documents show.

# state-papers - Saturday 28 December, 2019

Thatcher told Haughey that Ireland's refusal to extradite IRA priest was 'a major setback'
# FR PATRICK RYAN
# FR PATRICK RYAN

Thatcher told Haughey that Ireland's refusal to extradite IRA priest was 'a major setback'

Dec 28th 2019, 9:30 PM 40,801 Views 35 Comments

Ireland and the UK disagreed over how to handle the case of Fr Patrick Ryan, and the US considered intervening, State papers reveal.

Peacekeepers' killings in Lebanon led government to halt Israeli plans to open Irish embassy
# UNIFIL
# UNIFIL

Peacekeepers' killings in Lebanon led government to halt Israeli plans to open Irish embassy

Dec 28th 2019, 1:00 PM 30,025 Views 48 Comments

Irish troops have been deployed to the region with the UN since the 1970s.

'Take them to hell': The curious tale of the hidden Russian jewels and Dev's deal with the Bolsheviks
# State Papers
# State Papers

'Take them to hell': The curious tale of the hidden Russian jewels and Dev's deal with the Bolsheviks

Dec 28th 2019, 12:00 PM 31,239 Views 9 Comments

The jewels were given as security by Russian envoy in America in 1920 for a $20,000 loan advanced by the Irish Republic.

Cobh's 'military' potential and nuclear dumping in Donegal: concerns about Ireland at end of Cold War
# State Papers
# State Papers

Cobh's 'military' potential and nuclear dumping in Donegal: concerns about Ireland at end of Cold War

Dec 28th 2019, 11:27 AM 21,568 Views 12 Comments

US officials conveyed their worries about a Cobh shipyard to the Taoiseach in 1989.

New details of Thatcher and Haughey meeting show how British PM was against German reunification
# Chistmas
# Chistmas

New details of Thatcher and Haughey meeting show how British PM was against German reunification

Dec 28th 2019, 9:30 AM 22,895 Views 46 Comments

The Birmingham Six and IRA semtex consignments were also spoken about.

The Christmas cards sent to Haughey asking him not to forget The Birmingham Six
# State Papers
# State Papers

The Christmas cards sent to Haughey asking him not to forget The Birmingham Six

Dec 28th 2019, 8:30 AM 15,883 Views 24 Comments

“This will be the 16th Christmas that my father and the five men… will spend imprisoned for a crime that they did not commit,” one letter said.

NI lobby group was accused of misleading investors about Republic to 'damage our national interest'
# The Troubles
# The Troubles

NI lobby group was accused of misleading investors about Republic to 'damage our national interest'

Dec 28th 2019, 7:15 AM 16,817 Views 9 Comments

The spat was the subject of talks between a UK minister and an Irish ambassador in 1989.

Pat Finucane murder: Minister's comments about solicitors being 'sympathetic to IRA' were backed by No 10
# Douglas Hogg
# Douglas Hogg

Pat Finucane murder: Minister's comments about solicitors being 'sympathetic to IRA' were backed by No 10

Dec 28th 2019, 6:30 AM 30,060 Views 34 Comments

Douglas Hogg was criticised for remarks he made in the House of Commons three weeks before Finucane was killed in 1989.

The 1989 letters exchanged between a Birmingham Six prisoner and Charlie Haughey
# State Papers
# State Papers

The 1989 letters exchanged between a Birmingham Six prisoner and Charlie Haughey

Dec 28th 2019, 6:00 AM 18,359 Views 4 Comments

“This is the first positive thing you have done for us,” Paddy Joe Hill said in a handwritten letter to the Fianna Fáil Taoiseach.

# state-papers - Sunday 13 January, 2019

In 1973 the government had to politely explain why it couldn't cash a near 100-year-old bond
# State Papers
# State Papers

In 1973 the government had to politely explain why it couldn't cash a near 100-year-old bond

Jan 13th 2019, 7:30 AM 74,862 Views 21 Comments

Hundreds of thousands of these bonds were issued in the 19th century to raise support for Irish nationalism.

# state-papers - Saturday 5 January, 2019

For decades, Irish taoisigh have been getting letters suggesting alternatives to the national anthem
# The Soldier's Song
# The Soldier's Song

For decades, Irish taoisigh have been getting letters suggesting alternatives to the national anthem

Jan 5th 2019, 6:01 PM 29,195 Views 61 Comments

Some people even wrote their own.

'Pub life and gambling': A Soviet Russian guide to 1970s Ireland
# State Papers
# State Papers

'Pub life and gambling': A Soviet Russian guide to 1970s Ireland

Jan 5th 2019, 2:55 PM 59,293 Views 27 Comments

Yuri Ustimenko was Russian news agency TAAS’ Irish correspondent from 1969 to 1971.

# state-papers - Tuesday 1 January, 2019

'Baylas', 'Beilis', 'Queillys': In the 1980s the government was urged to tackle cheap Spanish Baileys knock-offs
# IMITATIONS
# IMITATIONS

'Baylas', 'Beilis', 'Queillys': In the 1980s the government was urged to tackle cheap Spanish Baileys knock-offs

Jan 1st 2019, 1:00 PM 23,896 Views 22 Comments

Locally produced copies of “extremely poor quality” were a persistent issue for importers.

# state-papers - Sunday 30 December, 2018

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

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

Dec 30th 2018, 5:30 PM 10,072 Views 7 Comments

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
# State Papers 1988
# State Papers 1988

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

Dec 30th 2018, 7:45 AM 7,382 Views 0 Comments

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

# state-papers - Saturday 29 December, 2018

Ireland considered sanctions on Gaddafi's Libya over IRA support but was worried about beef
# Trade Partners
# Trade Partners

Ireland considered sanctions on Gaddafi's Libya over IRA support but was worried about beef

Dec 29th 2018, 8:00 PM 22,343 Views 45 Comments

Ireland had built up a valuable beef export partnership with Libya.

Garrett FitzGerald told Margaret Thatcher: 'John Hume will generally do what he is asked to do'
# State Papers
# State Papers

Garrett FitzGerald told Margaret Thatcher: 'John Hume will generally do what he is asked to do'

Dec 29th 2018, 9:45 AM 15,939 Views 31 Comments

The frank assessment came in meeting between the pair in The Hague in 1986.

Charlie Haughey was urged to pressure 'British arrogance' over Birmingham Six and Guildford Four
# State Papers
# State Papers

Charlie Haughey was urged to pressure 'British arrogance' over Birmingham Six and Guildford Four

Dec 29th 2018, 9:30 AM 11,603 Views 14 Comments

The convictions of the nine men and one women were ultimately quashed.

Fine Gael ministers discussed US corporations paying 'little or no tax' here in the 1980s
# State Papers
# State Papers

Fine Gael ministers discussed US corporations paying 'little or no tax' here in the 1980s

Dec 29th 2018, 8:30 AM 11,231 Views 40 Comments

A letter from John Bruton to Alan Dukes has been released to the national archives.

# state-papers - Friday 28 December, 2018

'I'll wreck the joint': The day poet Patrick Kavanagh threatened Dublin's booksellers
# Hodges Figgis
# Hodges Figgis

'I'll wreck the joint': The day poet Patrick Kavanagh threatened Dublin's booksellers

Dec 28th 2018, 10:00 AM 38,047 Views 21 Comments

“I will break every bloody bookshop in the city up,” Kavanagh barked at Hodges Figgis staff.

Imprisoned Gerry Conlon slams 'judicial terrorists' in 1988 letter to Haughey
# STATE PAPERS 2018
# STATE PAPERS 2018

Imprisoned Gerry Conlon slams 'judicial terrorists' in 1988 letter to Haughey

Dec 28th 2018, 7:30 AM 14,757 Views 13 Comments

By 1988, The Guildford Four had served over 13 years in prison having been handed down life sentences.

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

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

Dec 28th 2018, 12:25 AM 24,129 Views 38 Comments

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

# state-papers - Sunday 7 January, 2018

Temple Bar could have been a bus station but for a 'duplicitous volte face' from the government
# Sliding Bus Doors
# Sliding Bus Doors

Temple Bar could have been a bus station but for a 'duplicitous volte face' from the government

Jan 7th 2018, 7:30 AM 17,077 Views 19 Comments

It would also feature an underground rail tunnel from Heuston Station to Connolly.

# state-papers - Sunday 31 December, 2017

State Papers: RTÉ crew were 'somewhat cavalier' and acted 'on impulse' during US trip
# 1987
# 1987

State Papers: RTÉ crew were 'somewhat cavalier' and acted 'on impulse' during US trip

Dec 31st 2017, 8:15 PM 31,535 Views 11 Comments

The Irish Embassy had to rebook flights and arrange interviews for RTÉ when its crew visited in 1987.

State Papers: Irish government on the PIRA's 'biggest propaganda coup since the 1981 hunger strike'
# 1987
# 1987

State Papers: Irish government on the PIRA's 'biggest propaganda coup since the 1981 hunger strike'

Dec 31st 2017, 6:00 PM 27,098 Views 93 Comments

The Irish government raised its concerns to the British over the RUC’s handling of Larry Marley’s funeral.

A bizarre story about a 'stolen' lawnmower made it into official government records 30 years ago
# Important Business
# Important Business

A bizarre story about a 'stolen' lawnmower made it into official government records 30 years ago

Dec 31st 2017, 10:30 AM 23,164 Views 26 Comments

A tale about a Qualcast Punch Lawnmower worth £210 made it all the way into official Irish government records.

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