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#State Papers

# state-papers - Sunday 30 December, 2018

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 7,401 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 22,653 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 16,093 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 11,641 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 11,277 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 39,223 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 15,153 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 24,380 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 17,245 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 31,565 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 27,382 Views 86 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 23,189 Views 23 Comments

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

# state-papers - Saturday 30 December, 2017

North Korea wrote to 'Taoiserch Charles Haugher' asking for a letter to be read in the Dáil
# State Papers
# State Papers

North Korea wrote to 'Taoiserch Charles Haugher' asking for a letter to be read in the Dáil

Dec 30th 2017, 7:30 AM 27,560 Views 21 Comments

“The note has not, of course, been acknowledged.”

# state-papers - Friday 29 December, 2017

Sinn Féin says rumours Gerry Adams set up Loughall ambush are "utter nonsense"
# State Papers
# State Papers

Sinn Féin says rumours Gerry Adams set up Loughall ambush are "utter nonsense"

Dec 29th 2017, 7:30 PM 19,441 Views 170 Comments

The claims are made in the State Papers, which were released under the 30-year-rule.

'Iraq owes us £5m': Ireland's prep ahead of a 1987 visit from one of Saddam's 'Dirty Dozen'
# 1987 State Papers
# 1987 State Papers

'Iraq owes us £5m': Ireland's prep ahead of a 1987 visit from one of Saddam's 'Dirty Dozen'

Dec 29th 2017, 8:00 AM 16,989 Views 12 Comments

Departmental notes express concern about getting back the £5 million owed to Ireland in export payments.

'Sleveen', 'anti-Irish' and 'disgusting' - the anger at Lenihan over killing of eight IRA men
# Loughall Ambush
# Loughall Ambush

'Sleveen', 'anti-Irish' and 'disgusting' - the anger at Lenihan over killing of eight IRA men

Dec 29th 2017, 6:30 AM 29,731 Views 121 Comments

An innocent man was killed in the crossfire and his brother received life-altering injuries.

'Putting jam on the cake': Authorities knew Birmingham Six evidence 'enhanced' years before release
# State Papers 1987
# State Papers 1987

'Putting jam on the cake': Authorities knew Birmingham Six evidence 'enhanced' years before release

Dec 29th 2017, 12:10 AM 31,300 Views 48 Comments

Newly released state papers have shed light on the behind the scenes interactions between the British and Irish governments during the Birmingham Sixes’ first appeal.

# state-papers - Tuesday 3 January, 2017

1938 Ireland: Post office clerk fired after £10 disappeared and he bought new suits and a bicycle
# State Papers
# State Papers

1938 Ireland: Post office clerk fired after £10 disappeared and he bought new suits and a bicycle

Jan 3rd 2017, 7:30 PM 23,255 Views 13 Comments

Pearoid was paid £2.5.6 a week, with his lodging costing £1.2.6 a week.

The government brought in word processors in the 1980s - and civil servants weren't too happy
# Word Processing Problems
# Word Processing Problems

The government brought in word processors in the 1980s - and civil servants weren't too happy

Jan 3rd 2017, 7:00 PM 15,783 Views 22 Comments

One civil servant had to routinely work through lunch and late in the day to catch up on work.

Irish ambassador said Russians blaming Chernobyl staff was a 'typical Soviet tactic'
# Taking Responsibility
# Taking Responsibility

Irish ambassador said Russians blaming Chernobyl staff was a 'typical Soviet tactic'

Jan 3rd 2017, 6:30 AM 10,937 Views 18 Comments

Nuclear fallout and Soviet scepticism feature in official Irish state papers on the Chernobyl disaster.

# state-papers - Monday 2 January, 2017

The Government opposed giving any special money to help people left devastated by Hurricane Charley
# 1986 State Papers
# 1986 State Papers

The Government opposed giving any special money to help people left devastated by Hurricane Charley

Jan 2nd 2017, 6:00 PM 14,906 Views 21 Comments

Hurricane Charley swept across numerous counties in 1986 but Wicklow suffered the most.

# state-papers - Sunday 1 January, 2017

The government was worried a Russian nuclear satellite was about to fall on our heads 30 years ago
# Skyfall
# Skyfall

The government was worried a Russian nuclear satellite was about to fall on our heads 30 years ago

Jan 1st 2017, 11:00 PM 14,556 Views 10 Comments

The Russian satellite Cosmos 1402 was set to fall from the skies in January 1983.

The secret songs, pleading letters, and big name snubs of Ireland's plans to entertain Ronald Reagan
# Let Me Entertain You
From The Daily Edge
# Let Me Entertain You

The secret songs, pleading letters, and big name snubs of Ireland's plans to entertain Ronald Reagan

Jan 1st 2017, 4:00 PM 16,647 Views 10 Comments

Brendan Grace and Phil Coulter both wanted a piece of the pie.

'Doomed to live alone': Mother pleads with Garret FitzGerald for divorce referendum
# Divorce Referendum
# Divorce Referendum

'Doomed to live alone': Mother pleads with Garret FitzGerald for divorce referendum

Jan 1st 2017, 1:00 PM 13,446 Views 22 Comments

The 27-year-old woman said Irish people should be given the opportunity to have a say in “their own destiny”.

Joe Dolan was on a UN blacklist over a performance in South Africa
# Apartheid
# Apartheid

Joe Dolan was on a UN blacklist over a performance in South Africa

Jan 1st 2017, 11:00 AM 20,857 Views 31 Comments

As were Foster and Allen.

Ireland's death penalty was a 'quaint throwback' but not everyone wanted to get rid of it
# 1986 State Paprs
# 1986 State Paprs

Ireland's death penalty was a 'quaint throwback' but not everyone wanted to get rid of it

Jan 1st 2017, 8:00 AM 18,093 Views 58 Comments

Thirty years ago, there were some political considerations.

Ireland risked a PR disaster by billing for post mortems following the Air India 747 bombing
# Flight 182
# Flight 182

Ireland risked a PR disaster by billing for post mortems following the Air India 747 bombing

Jan 1st 2017, 6:30 AM 23,397 Views 3 Comments

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 - Saturday 31 December, 2016

1984: Letters from UK praise Irish people for their 'warm humanity' and generosity after Band Aid
# State Papers
# State Papers

1984: Letters from UK praise Irish people for their 'warm humanity' and generosity after Band Aid

Dec 31st 2016, 10:15 PM 17,770 Views 34 Comments

One woman in England said it was a shame that FitzGerald was not their Prime Minister.

'Play your war games somewhere else': Anger as submarines caused havoc for Irish fishing industry in 1986
# War Games
# War Games

'Play your war games somewhere else': Anger as submarines caused havoc for Irish fishing industry in 1986

Dec 31st 2016, 10:00 PM 15,664 Views 4 Comments

A number of incidents involving Irish trawlers and foreign submarines were reported in 1986.

30 years ago most Irish people wanted garda killers to be executed
# Getting Rid Of The Gallows
# Getting Rid Of The Gallows

30 years ago most Irish people wanted garda killers to be executed

Dec 31st 2016, 9:45 PM 8,399 Views 47 Comments

The death penalty wasn’t abolished in Ireland until 1990.

Mountjoy prisoners segregated in 1986 after 20% diagnosed with Aids antibodies
# State Papers
# State Papers

Mountjoy prisoners segregated in 1986 after 20% diagnosed with Aids antibodies

Dec 31st 2016, 9:00 PM 11,837 Views 6 Comments

An internal document reported 33 male prisoners and 10 female prisoners had been identified as having Aids antibodies.

Ireland tried to ban smoking in public in 1986 - and Big Tobacco was not impressed
# Lovely Fags Ban
# Lovely Fags Ban

Ireland tried to ban smoking in public in 1986 - and Big Tobacco was not impressed

Dec 31st 2016, 8:15 PM 13,871 Views 16 Comments

1986 saw government health warnings introduced on tobacco products in Ireland for the first time.

Government urged to help free priest charged with murder of Filipino mayor
# Padre Free-o
# Padre Free-o

Government urged to help free priest charged with murder of Filipino mayor

Dec 31st 2016, 7:30 PM 9,976 Views 2 Comments

Fr Niall O’Brien was arrested in 1983 over the death of a local politician.

Aran sweaters, Avoca rugs and Waterford Crystal Statue of Liberty: Gifts Taoiseach gave Ronald Reagan
# There You Go
# There You Go

Aran sweaters, Avoca rugs and Waterford Crystal Statue of Liberty: Gifts Taoiseach gave Ronald Reagan

Dec 31st 2016, 7:00 PM 8,300 Views 4 Comments

Reagan said the Waterford Crystal Statue of Liberty would be displayed permanently in the Statue of Liberty Museum.

'It outsold U2' - an album of Bosco songs was one of RTÉ's biggest hits in 1984
# Hello Boys And Girls
From The Daily Edge
# Hello Boys And Girls

'It outsold U2' - an album of Bosco songs was one of RTÉ's biggest hits in 1984

Dec 31st 2016, 4:00 PM 11,419 Views 28 Comments

Did you have Bosco Sings in your house?

'Sell water to Saudi Arabia and turf to England': A Londoner's advice to Garret FitzGerald
# What's The Big Idea?
# What's The Big Idea?

'Sell water to Saudi Arabia and turf to England': A Londoner's advice to Garret FitzGerald

Dec 31st 2016, 3:00 PM 11,339 Views 12 Comments

William Long, from Essex, wrote to the then Taoiseach with his plans for Irish trade.

# state-papers - Friday 30 December, 2016

1986: The levels of radioactive material in Irish water, milk and vegetables following Chernobyl
# Sudden Spike
# Sudden Spike

1986: The levels of radioactive material in Irish water, milk and vegetables following Chernobyl

Dec 30th 2016, 6:00 PM 14,531 Views 18 Comments

Arrangements were made to impound any produce which showed unacceptable levels of contamination.

1986: Mother of four abused by husband writes letter to Taoiseach outlining need for divorce
# State Papers
# State Papers

1986: Mother of four abused by husband writes letter to Taoiseach outlining need for divorce

Dec 30th 2016, 1:00 PM 19,122 Views 32 Comments

“God never intended continual punishment for one mistake.”

Irish politicians really wanted Bob Geldof to win the Nobel Peace Prize
# 1986
# 1986

Irish politicians really wanted Bob Geldof to win the Nobel Peace Prize

Dec 30th 2016, 11:21 AM 9,140 Views 31 Comments

It didn’t happen for Bob though.

A Donegal child wrote a letter to Garret FitzGerald in 1984 having a sly dig at Charlie Haughey
# Pen Pals
From The Daily Edge
# Pen Pals

A Donegal child wrote a letter to Garret FitzGerald in 1984 having a sly dig at Charlie Haughey

Dec 30th 2016, 9:30 AM 15,751 Views 9 Comments

“I don’t like the way Charlie is doing it”.