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#State Papers

# state-papers - Tuesday 30 December, 2014

Could Britain's State Papers give a 'one-sided' view of Anglo-Irish history?
# Legal Adviser
# Legal Adviser

Could Britain's State Papers give a 'one-sided' view of Anglo-Irish history?

Dec 30th 2014, 12:11 PM 8,254 Views 20 Comments

One Fianna Fáil councillor believes so, as the British papers are being released ahead of Irish papers.

British spies had "excellent relations" with gardaí
# Good Mates
# Good Mates

British spies had "excellent relations" with gardaí

Dec 30th 2014, 9:36 AM 13,352 Views 139 Comments

And Irish ministers didn’t know it.

Stop it! RTÉ was told to stop jamming pirate radio stations
# 1984 State Papers
# 1984 State Papers

Stop it! RTÉ was told to stop jamming pirate radio stations

Dec 30th 2014, 8:00 AM 13,064 Views 21 Comments

Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald said the Government were not trying to be “spoil-sports”.

Thirty years ago, a Fine Gael government was worried that Sinn Féin 'could deliver'
# 1984 State Papers
# 1984 State Papers

Thirty years ago, a Fine Gael government was worried that Sinn Féin 'could deliver'

Dec 30th 2014, 7:15 AM 8,753 Views 51 Comments

Foreign Affairs Minister Peter Barry didn’t like that Sinn Féin representatives were being listened to.

# state-papers - Monday 29 December, 2014

Were there nuclear missiles stored in Northern Ireland?
# State Papers
# State Papers

Were there nuclear missiles stored in Northern Ireland?

Dec 29th 2014, 11:00 AM 18,496 Views 44 Comments

That was a big question back in the early 1980s.

This American lady begged the Prime Minister to save the leprechaun
# State Papers
# State Papers

This American lady begged the Prime Minister to save the leprechaun

Dec 29th 2014, 8:45 AM 18,323 Views 20 Comments

“In our hearts we know they are still there.”

# state-papers - Sunday 28 December, 2014

Ads for Transformer toys and Barbie's Star Traveller were a big worry in the 1980s....
# Recession
# Recession

Ads for Transformer toys and Barbie's Star Traveller were a big worry in the 1980s....

Dec 28th 2014, 11:30 AM 15,866 Views 13 Comments

The country was in the midst of a recession with unemployment up to 16.1%.

Water cannons could be "more lethal than plastic bullets". That's what the UK told Ireland...
# 1984 State Papers
# 1984 State Papers

Water cannons could be "more lethal than plastic bullets". That's what the UK told Ireland...

Dec 28th 2014, 10:00 AM 13,004 Views 77 Comments

17 people were killed by either rubber or plastic bullets during The Troubles.

Ireland wanted to sell water to Saudi Arabia for $5 a barrel in the 1980s
# We Have What You Need
# We Have What You Need

Ireland wanted to sell water to Saudi Arabia for $5 a barrel in the 1980s

Dec 28th 2014, 8:45 AM 20,203 Views 107 Comments

There was one problem… Japan also wanted to.

# state-papers - Saturday 27 December, 2014

Thatcher in '84: 'The Irish don't like to move, but they're all terribly happy to move to Britain'
# 1984 State Papers
# 1984 State Papers

Thatcher in '84: 'The Irish don't like to move, but they're all terribly happy to move to Britain'

Dec 27th 2014, 8:17 PM 68,910 Views 163 Comments

The PM’s comments have been revealed in newly released state documents.

"I would have preferred not to have seen Mr Browne at all"
# Interview
# Interview

"I would have preferred not to have seen Mr Browne at all"

Dec 27th 2014, 5:00 PM 29,988 Views 37 Comments

Vincent Browne wanted to interview the Irish Ambassador in 1984 – who wasn’t happy about it.

This man warned that Ireland could end up needing a bailout... 30 years ago
# Dukes Of Hazard
# Dukes Of Hazard

This man warned that Ireland could end up needing a bailout... 30 years ago

Dec 27th 2014, 2:16 PM 19,696 Views 37 Comments

State papers reveal how Alan Dukes warned his cabinet colleagues of the need to cut spending.

In 1983 there was a chance a Soviet spy satellite would fall on Ireland
# 1984 State Papers
# 1984 State Papers

In 1983 there was a chance a Soviet spy satellite would fall on Ireland

Dec 27th 2014, 10:30 AM 9,155 Views 12 Comments

There was one in 10,000 chance nuclear-powered Cosmo 1402 would fall over Ireland.

Thousands of Northern refugees streamed over the border in the 1970s - some were called "ungrateful"
# State Papers
# State Papers

Thousands of Northern refugees streamed over the border in the 1970s - some were called "ungrateful"

Dec 27th 2014, 8:45 AM 27,340 Views 76 Comments

The situation is detailed in a memo to Government from 1973.

The secret note that revealed how much Margaret Thatcher trusted Garret Fitzgerald
# State Papers
# State Papers

The secret note that revealed how much Margaret Thatcher trusted Garret Fitzgerald

Dec 27th 2014, 8:15 AM 17,910 Views 38 Comments

A steering note before Garret Fitzgerald’s meeting with Margaret Thatcher shows us how she was “by political preference” a Unionist.

This 1984 memo to the Taoiseach is why you can't buy bangers at Halloween
# State Papers
# State Papers

This 1984 memo to the Taoiseach is why you can't buy bangers at Halloween

Dec 27th 2014, 7:45 AM 17,987 Views 16 Comments

You can buy all the toy gun caps you like though.

John Hume was 'rather blunt' with Margaret Thatcher in secret meeting
# 1984
# 1984

John Hume was 'rather blunt' with Margaret Thatcher in secret meeting

Dec 27th 2014, 7:10 AM 8,645 Views 5 Comments

Notes from a secret meeting have just been released.

# state-papers - Saturday 13 September, 2014

NI Secretary of State referred to Ian Paisley as a 'schizophrenic'
# State Papers
# State Papers

NI Secretary of State referred to Ian Paisley as a 'schizophrenic'

Sep 13th 2014, 8:30 AM 23,702 Views 72 Comments

James Prior said the remark during a meeting with Minister for Foreign Affairs Peter Barry in October 1983

# state-papers - Friday 3 January, 2014

Thatcher considered redrawing NI border to move Catholic areas south
# 1984
# 1984

Thatcher considered redrawing NI border to move Catholic areas south

Jan 3rd 2014, 8:41 AM 27,144 Views 230 Comments

The plan was revealed by British state papers released under the 30 year rule.

# state-papers - Wednesday 1 January, 2014

Minister objected to military vehicles factory setting up shop in Ireland in 1983
# State Papers 1983
# State Papers 1983

Minister objected to military vehicles factory setting up shop in Ireland in 1983

Jan 1st 2014, 6:30 PM 20,604 Views 71 Comments

The Minister for Trade, Commerce and Tourism Frank Cluskey thought Ireland should take a restrictive attitude to the manufacturing of military equipment in Ireland.

# state-papers - Tuesday 31 December, 2013

Haughey government decided ministers should get a safe and shredder in their homes
# State Papers
# State Papers

Haughey government decided ministers should get a safe and shredder in their homes

Dec 31st 2013, 5:00 PM 9,257 Views 32 Comments

If they required them, that is. The Fine Gael-led coalition tried to get them back in 1983 after they came to power.

# state-papers - Monday 30 December, 2013

Indira Gandhi sent greetings from the sky to 'friendly people' of Ireland
# 1983 State Papers
# 1983 State Papers

Indira Gandhi sent greetings from the sky to 'friendly people' of Ireland

Dec 30th 2013, 6:30 PM 15,134 Views 25 Comments

How nice.

Cornflakes and Ribena among foods banned during Mugabe's 1983 visit to Ireland
# State Papers
From The Daily Edge
# State Papers

Cornflakes and Ribena among foods banned during Mugabe's 1983 visit to Ireland

Dec 30th 2013, 7:30 AM 25,425 Views 21 Comments

State papers have revealed Mrs Mugabe’s dietary requirements.

# state-papers - Sunday 29 December, 2013

The ‘Free Nicky Kelly’ fliers found in New York’s subway in 1983
# State Papers
# State Papers

The ‘Free Nicky Kelly’ fliers found in New York’s subway in 1983

Dec 29th 2013, 8:30 PM 26,479 Views 12 Comments

Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald and Minister Michael Noonan also came under considerable pressure from Nobel Peace Prize winner Seán MacBride.

The Department of Finance wanted to get rid of the government jet
# Keeping Up Appearances
# Keeping Up Appearances

The Department of Finance wanted to get rid of the government jet

Dec 29th 2013, 8:00 AM 10,877 Views 41 Comments

The Cabinet and the Taoiseach wanted to keep the £2.5 million aeroplane.

Govt nervous about British nuclear plans and wanted cover ‘if anything went wrong’
# 1983
# 1983

Govt nervous about British nuclear plans and wanted cover ‘if anything went wrong’

Dec 29th 2013, 7:30 AM 5,934 Views 6 Comments

An internal memo from the Department of Foreign Affairs shows the government wanted to “cover themselves in the event of anything going wrong” at Windscale.

# state-papers - Saturday 28 December, 2013

Haughey believed Jimmy Savile would be a good mediator for Thatcher dealings
# 1983
# 1983

Haughey believed Jimmy Savile would be a good mediator for Thatcher dealings

Dec 28th 2013, 8:36 PM 27,321 Views 50 Comments

A letter in the National Archives reveals details of a meeting between the pair at the Central Remedial Clinic in the 1980s.

Government wanted to play down its involvement in Kissinger visit
# 1983
# 1983

Government wanted to play down its involvement in Kissinger visit

Dec 28th 2013, 5:30 PM 7,690 Views 14 Comments

But he was given an official lunch, multiple tete-a-tetes with the Taoiseach and security detail.

Bishops given copy of Attorney General's advice ahead of 1983 referendum
# Abortion
# Abortion

Bishops given copy of Attorney General's advice ahead of 1983 referendum

Dec 28th 2013, 5:00 PM 7,988 Views 35 Comments

The Bishop of Clonfert was also given unfettered access to the Attorney General in the lead up to the abortion referendum.

Charles Haughey wanted to meet Saddam Hussein in 1978 - Saddam declined
# State Papers
# State Papers

Charles Haughey wanted to meet Saddam Hussein in 1978 - Saddam declined

Dec 28th 2013, 9:45 AM 14,002 Views 39 Comments

Accompanied by Liam Lawlor, Haughey was there to arrange medical cooperation between the two countries.

Changes to prison accommodation rules raised concerns about homosexuality
# 1983
# 1983

Changes to prison accommodation rules raised concerns about homosexuality

Dec 28th 2013, 8:45 AM 28,447 Views 85 Comments

There were “obvious objections to having two prisoners in one cell – the most common objection being that it facilitates homosexuality”.

Haughey sought military advice on a common defence plan for Ireland and the UK
# State Papers
# State Papers

Haughey sought military advice on a common defence plan for Ireland and the UK

Dec 28th 2013, 7:30 AM 8,119 Views 17 Comments

State Papers show he planned to ‘bait’ Margaret Thatcher into talks on reunification using the plan.

# state-papers - Friday 27 December, 2013

How's your memory? Do you recall how much a round of drinks was in 1983?
# State Papers
# State Papers

How's your memory? Do you recall how much a round of drinks was in 1983?

Dec 27th 2013, 9:45 PM 36,477 Views 26 Comments

Let’s look at a government bill from when Robert Mugabe visited this island.

Maze prisoners badly treated by 'out of control' officers after IRA escape
# State Papers
# State Papers

Maze prisoners badly treated by 'out of control' officers after IRA escape

Dec 27th 2013, 9:30 PM 18,416 Views 34 Comments

One prisoner lost his front teeth, reveals secret documents held in the Department of the Taoiseach.

RTÉ refused an exemption on Sinn Féin broadcast ban
# 1983
# 1983

RTÉ refused an exemption on Sinn Féin broadcast ban

Dec 27th 2013, 8:30 PM 14,443 Views 38 Comments

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs wanted to allow the broadcaster to interview Sinn Féin representatives during the British elections in 1983 – but he wanted something in return.

This underwear ad in the RTÉ Guide caused a bit of a stir in 1978
# State Papers
# State Papers

This underwear ad in the RTÉ Guide caused a bit of a stir in 1978

Dec 27th 2013, 6:30 PM 40,615 Views 46 Comments

In the late 70s and early 80s, there were also a number of complaints about about inappropriate content in men’s magazines.

Cost of Margaret Thatcher's helicopter created headaches for govt departments
# 1983
# 1983

Cost of Margaret Thatcher's helicopter created headaches for govt departments

Dec 27th 2013, 10:00 AM 15,026 Views 31 Comments

Departments conversed internally about who should pay the cost which reached more than £8,000.

Ex-senior garda advised Taoiseach not to appoint an 'outsider' as commissioner
# State Papers
# State Papers

Ex-senior garda advised Taoiseach not to appoint an 'outsider' as commissioner

Dec 27th 2013, 9:45 AM 19,341 Views 8 Comments

With the gardaí in crisis after the retirement of its two most senior officers over the phone tapping scandal, one former officer had some advice for Garret FitzGerald.

George H.W. Bush wanted to have a 'word in Thatcher's ear'
# State Papers 1983
# State Papers 1983

George H.W. Bush wanted to have a 'word in Thatcher's ear'

Dec 27th 2013, 9:15 AM 10,708 Views 30 Comments

The then-US Vice President wanted to influence Anglo-Irish relations, but timing prevented it.