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#State Papers

# 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 27,501 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 19,346 Views 187 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 16,918 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 29,392 Views 109 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 31,184 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 23,242 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 15,734 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 10,891 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 14,787 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 14,522 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 16,582 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 13,438 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 20,261 Views 30 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 17,798 Views 59 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 23,205 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 17,746 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 15,646 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 8,232 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 11,806 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 13,807 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 9,962 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 8,286 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 11,279 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 11,332 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 14,426 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 19,096 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 9,003 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 15,725 Views 9 Comments

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

The Welsh were worried that Ireland would become home to nuclear weapons
# Nuke The Wales
# Nuke The Wales

The Welsh were worried that Ireland would become home to nuclear weapons

Dec 30th 2016, 7:45 AM 18,480 Views 26 Comments

It didn’t happen in the end.

Government investigated whether Josef Mengele spent time in Ireland after World War II
# 1986 State Papers
# 1986 State Papers

Government investigated whether Josef Mengele spent time in Ireland after World War II

Dec 30th 2016, 7:15 AM 17,465 Views 11 Comments

The Nazi war criminal was suspected to have spent six weeks in Ireland under an assumed name

'A punishment from God's own hand' - the Irish got Biblical in their objections to 1985's contraception law
# Divine Argument
# Divine Argument

'A punishment from God's own hand' - the Irish got Biblical in their objections to 1985's contraception law

Dec 30th 2016, 6:45 AM 15,361 Views 101 Comments

The 1985 Family Planning Act saw contraceptives made legal for over-18s without a prescription from selected outlets for the first time.

Government considered using 'AIDS argument' in David Norris gay rights case
# Norris V Ireland
# Norris V Ireland

Government considered using 'AIDS argument' in David Norris gay rights case

Dec 30th 2016, 6:45 AM 21,531 Views 49 Comments

In battling David Norris’ claims that Irish homosexuality laws were in breach of his human rights, the government was considering all kinds of defences.

# state-papers - Sunday 3 January, 2016

Enda fan wrote to 1986 Taoiseach to say people in the west happy with Kenny's latest appointment
# Well Pleased
# Well Pleased

Enda fan wrote to 1986 Taoiseach to say people in the west happy with Kenny's latest appointment

Jan 3rd 2016, 10:33 AM 510 Views 1 Comment

The letter was sent from Drimnagh in Dublin.

The IRA bombing of two ships led to an Irish/British dispute over territorial waters
# Sea War
# Sea War

The IRA bombing of two ships led to an Irish/British dispute over territorial waters

Jan 3rd 2016, 6:15 AM 23,472 Views 44 Comments

The border in Lough Foyle caused some serious debate.

# state-papers - Saturday 2 January, 2016

How a notorious Nazi war criminal was banned from his picturesque Waterford hideaway
# Dark Past
# Dark Past

How a notorious Nazi war criminal was banned from his picturesque Waterford hideaway

Jan 2nd 2016, 5:00 PM 42,186 Views 46 Comments

Rumours about looted art in the Kilmacthomas estate persisted for years.

The government was very concerned with bike tyres in 1985
# You Shall Not Pass
# You Shall Not Pass

The government was very concerned with bike tyres in 1985

Jan 2nd 2016, 8:30 AM 20,429 Views 16 Comments

Important business…

Margaret Thatcher wanted to crush Loyalist strikers just like she did the miners
# Belfast Bunfight
# Belfast Bunfight

Margaret Thatcher wanted to crush Loyalist strikers just like she did the miners

Jan 2nd 2016, 7:15 AM 14,113 Views 24 Comments

The UK Prime Minister was determined not to let them take down the Anglo-Irish Agreement.

# state-papers - Friday 1 January, 2016

Ireland was terrified that exercise could be the end of us all in the early 1980s...
# Damned Aerobics
# Damned Aerobics

Ireland was terrified that exercise could be the end of us all in the early 1980s...

Jan 1st 2016, 10:00 PM 53,545 Views 28 Comments

Aerobics in particular. And not just because of the 80s legwarmers.

Does St Patrick deserve his own flag? An enterprising Kerryman thought he did
# Patron Saint
# Patron Saint

Does St Patrick deserve his own flag? An enterprising Kerryman thought he did

Jan 1st 2016, 7:30 PM 12,780 Views 55 Comments

The government wouldn’t support the idea.

Glenroe, Dallas and Today Tonight - The top 10 programmes Ireland was watching in 1985
# State Papers
# State Papers

Glenroe, Dallas and Today Tonight - The top 10 programmes Ireland was watching in 1985

Jan 1st 2016, 6:00 PM 1,352 Views 0 Comments

Some things never change with The Late Late Show coming out on top.