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#State Papers

# state-papers - Thursday 30 December, 2021

The secret story of the Princess of Prussia's family jewels being stolen at gunpoint in Dalkey
# From The Archives
# From The Archives

The secret story of the Princess of Prussia's family jewels being stolen at gunpoint in Dalkey

Dec 30th 2021, 7:00 PM 29,716 Views 4 Comments

The incident is revealed in newly released documents sent to the National Archives.

Real IRA not ‘overly active’, Ahern told Blair two weeks before Omagh bomb
# State Papers
# State Papers

Real IRA not ‘overly active’, Ahern told Blair two weeks before Omagh bomb

Dec 30th 2021, 10:36 AM 18,052 Views 30 Comments

The bombing was the single greatest loss of life of the Troubles.

How Bill Clinton's Kerry statue owes its roots to a visit by Dick Spring to Martha's Vineyard
# Ballybunion
# Ballybunion

How Bill Clinton's Kerry statue owes its roots to a visit by Dick Spring to Martha's Vineyard

Updated Dec 30th 2021, 5:00 AM 20,069 Views 0 Comments

Newly released State Papers show that the round was four years in the making.

# state-papers - Wednesday 29 December, 2021

'Bugger off to Turkey and leave us alone': DFA dark comedy ahead of Gulf War revealed in State Papers
# Yes Minister
# Yes Minister

'Bugger off to Turkey and leave us alone': DFA dark comedy ahead of Gulf War revealed in State Papers

Dec 29th 2021, 8:00 PM 21,646 Views 6 Comments

A darkly comic document was released to the National Archives under the 30-year rule.

An elephant named Mimi gifted to President Hillery caused a row between Ireland and Tanzania
# Never Forget
# Never Forget

An elephant named Mimi gifted to President Hillery caused a row between Ireland and Tanzania

Dec 29th 2021, 4:00 PM 37,671 Views 12 Comments

Hillery was presented with a live elephant as a gift by President Julius Nyerere.

Decommissioning demands during first IRA ceasefire ‘were pointless’
# The Troubles
# The Troubles

Decommissioning demands during first IRA ceasefire ‘were pointless’

Dec 29th 2021, 2:25 PM 12,305 Views 14 Comments

Senior security figures told Irish officials two months before the ceasefire ended that the insistence on prior decommissioning was unnecessary.

Republicans in the Maze allowed IRA prisoners build an escape tunnel 'as occupational therapy'
# 1997 State Papers
# 1997 State Papers

Republicans in the Maze allowed IRA prisoners build an escape tunnel 'as occupational therapy'

Dec 29th 2021, 9:00 AM 39,886 Views 9 Comments

The Republican leadership had no intention of letting the prisoners escape.

Proposed African safari summit for NI politicians in '97 was labelled as 'rubbish' by John Bruton
# Hunting Expedition
# Hunting Expedition

Proposed African safari summit for NI politicians in '97 was labelled as 'rubbish' by John Bruton

Dec 29th 2021, 6:30 AM 9,333 Views 6 Comments

Details of the plans and the taoiseach’s rejection are contained in State Papers released to the National Archives.

# state-papers - Tuesday 28 December, 2021

Her mother was 'dying to go' to Ireland after Prince Charles in 1995 but the queen said 'not just yet'
# State Papers
# State Papers

Her mother was 'dying to go' to Ireland after Prince Charles in 1995 but the queen said 'not just yet'

Dec 28th 2021, 8:00 PM 52,102 Views 12 Comments

Charles visited Ireland less than a year after the Provisional IRA ceasefire in 1994.

A young Boris Johnson warned Irish officials about John Major's Peace Process plans in 1995
# State Papers
# State Papers

A young Boris Johnson warned Irish officials about John Major's Peace Process plans in 1995

Dec 28th 2021, 12:00 PM 45,412 Views 13 Comments

Johnson said that Major would come close to “stalling” the process.

'The trouble is that Gaddafi is mad': State papers reveal extent of Libya's support for PIRA
# IRA
# IRA

'The trouble is that Gaddafi is mad': State papers reveal extent of Libya's support for PIRA

Dec 28th 2021, 6:30 AM 23,183 Views 11 Comments

Gardai estimated there were six major arms shipments from Libya to the Provisional IRA.

British officials were 'apoplectic' after Gerry Adams was granted a US visa in 1994
# New York
# New York

British officials were 'apoplectic' after Gerry Adams was granted a US visa in 1994

Dec 28th 2021, 12:02 AM 40,455 Views 49 Comments

London was said to be ‘apoplectic’ about the decision to grant the visa to the Sinn Féin leader.

# 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 45,373 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 37,828 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 739 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 17,682 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 29,226 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 37,898 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 27,545 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 26,984 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 13,622 Views 1 Comment

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 32,780 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 22,658 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 39,626 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 29,133 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 13,413 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 41,076 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 30,432 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 31,993 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 21,706 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 22,968 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 15,945 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 16,868 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 30,495 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 18,716 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 75,068 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 29,534 Views 60 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 59,464 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 24,219 Views 21 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 10,115 Views 7 Comments

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

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