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# state-papers - Saturday 29 December, 2012

1982 Papers reveal changes recommended to fire service in aftermath of Stardust disaster

The government said the capital’s fire service was not adequately equipped to meet “the needs of a modern fire brigade” at the time of the tragedy.

From The Daily Edge What did the Taoiseach want for lunch in 1973? State Papers

What did the Taoiseach want for lunch in 1973?

One thing he wanted was an “appropriate soup”…

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Good morning. Here are the nine stories you need to know as you start your day.

From The Daily Edge How much was a round of drinks in 1973? State Papers

How much was a round of drinks in 1973?

Let’s look at the Taoiseach’s drink bill to find out…

The things that Haughey was sent in 1982

A man revered by his people, Charles Haughey was a politician used to the finer things in life.

Falklands War: Irish response to Belgrano sinking drew British anger

One of the most controversial incidents of the Falklands War saw a change in the Irish government’s approach to the conflict and a considerable backlash from the British media and public.

# state-papers - Friday 28 December, 2012

1982: Women’s bodies used to sell ‘everything from cars to chocolate bars’

A campaign dedicated to eliminating the degrading treatment of women in advertising wrote to the Taoiseach in 1982 to highlight the ‘continual humiliation’ of women in the media.

Letter from an Irish housewife to Charlie Haughey

The head of the Irish Housewives’ Union wrote in 1982 to denounce “typical career women”, family planning clinics, sex education and mistresses.

1978: Ireland "laughing stock of progressive world" over divorce and contraceptives

As debates raged on divorce and separation, one Irish man wrote to the Taoiseach Jack Lynch from Australia to tell him what people thought of the country.

Sinn Féin TD Dessie Ellis rejects allegations of involvement in 50 IRA murders

A newly-released British document claims that Ellis was involved in the murder of 50 people by the IRA in the north and south during the Troubles but he has rejected these claims.

1982: A year of tragedy for Irish soldiers in the Lebanon

Documents from 1982 capture the immediate aftermath of the moment when Michael McAleavey shot dead three of his colleagues at Tibnin Bridge in South Lebanon.

1982: Government was warned of pro-life amendment's clash with ECHR

A Government department predicted both an ECHR defeat and a Supreme Court ruling allowing a constitutional right to abortion – years before each ever happened.

Fidel Castro visited Ireland in 1982 (and almost met Charles Haughey)

Cuban leader Fidel Castro left a gift for then-Taoiseach Charles Haughey during his brief stopover in Shannon in late 1982.

No mention of Patrick Connolly, GUBU in 1982 State Papers

Although it almost brought the Government down, there was no hint of the double murder and massive manhunt that shocked Ireland in the summer of 1982 in the State Archives.

1982: Haughey, America and "The Troubles"

Newly released documents show Ireland’s attempts to engage American President Ronald Reagan on Northern Ireland and to counter British propaganda.

RTÉ admitted 'massive blunder' over BBC arrangement during Falklands conflict

The Government was worried that an arrangement between RTÉ and BBC could lead to a national embarrassment.

1982: Irish Council of Churches opposed anti-abortion amendment

The group said the change to the constitution was legally unnecessary and socially unfair – as it placed the views of the Roman Catholic church above those of other denominations in Ireland.

Haughey's mission against smoking and cigarette advertising

During his time as Taoiseach, Charles Haughey moved to change the culture of smoking in Ireland.

Govt advised to deal with vaccine damage in the same way as thalidomide compensation

The Secretary to the Government asked, “Why not let the ordinary law apply – as in the case of thalomide.”

30 years ago: Guinness contemplated cutting the Irish connection

The recent Falkands War and the IRA bombing campaign had led to a “resistance to the Irish angle”.

30 years ago: Anger at Irish Government over IRA bombings

Newly released documents related to the Hyde Park and Regents Park bombings show that people both at home and abroad thought that Ireland’s government weren’t doing enough to stamp out the IRA.

Haughey intervened over detention of British journalists during Falklands crisis

The Taoiseach was asked to provide assistance as Ireland was looked upon favourably by Buenos Aires during the Falkland Island conflict.

After Falklands invasion, Thatcher sought Haughey’s ‘urgent help’ Falklands This post contains images

After Falklands invasion, Thatcher sought Haughey’s ‘urgent help’

Suggestions that Ireland would not support British efforts to ostracise Argentina after its invasion of the Falklands in April 1982 were met with warnings from diplomats in London.

1982 State Papers: 30 years on?

Has it really been 30 years? looks at how far we’ve come.

# state-papers - Saturday 31 December, 2011

World War III? No problem - half a million Irish will fight it

Secret document revealed under 30-year rule shows Ireland had been assessed for the help it could provide in the case of a nuclear war threat.

5 things that were bothering Charlie Haughey in 1981

State papers show that while he was only Taoiseach for half the year, Haughey found a number of issues to get riled up about.

Ireland fought off loss of summer weeks

EEC wanted us to put the clocks back on the second Sunday in October, sending us into dark winter evenings earlier.

# state-papers - Friday 30 December, 2011

Gerry Adams questions Bobby Sands hunger strike claim

The Sinn Féin leader said claims in State papers that Sands offered to end his hunger strike would be “totally out of character”.

RTÉ accused of "undermining" Stardust Tribunal in 1981

The State papers, released under the 30-year rule, also show that the owners of the Stardust asked the Government to pay their legal fees for appearing at a tribunal of inquiry into the tragedy.

In pictures: State papers reveal new details about hunger strikes and Stardust State Papers This post contains images

In pictures: State papers reveal new details about hunger strikes and Stardust

Gaddafi’s intervention in the hunger strikes, Thatcher’s concessions and an advisor to Charlie Haughey who wasn’t best pleased with the state broadcaster. All revealed today…

Archives show Bobby Sands "offered to end hunger strike"

New documents released under the 30-year rule give an insight into some previously unknown occurrences in 1981, such as Bobby Sands allegedly offering to suspend his hunger strike.

# state-papers - Friday 31 December, 2010

State papers: Haughey fretted over leaks from Cabinet meetings

The Taoiseach was worried about how newspapers kept getting details of matters discussed in cabinet, and prepared for court.

State papers: Opposition proposed 'secret' Bill to grant divorce

Parties tabled a bill that would have led to a divorce referendum as early as 1980 – six years before one was held.

From The42 State Papers: Government tried to stop Moscow Olympics and Lions athletes State Papers

State Papers: Government tried to stop Moscow Olympics and Lions athletes

The government withdrew funding for the Olympic Council of Ireland for participating in Moscow 1980, and opposed the Lions tour to SA.

# state-papers - Thursday 30 December, 2010

State papers: Arab investors wanted to pay for government expenditure

Charles Haughey and Brian Lenihan Sr were given plans detailing a potential Irish-Arab Bank to fund government spending.

State Papers: Haughey personally intervened in RTÉ news bulletins

Charlie Haughey’s government cancelled plans to build him a £725k mansion – and was angry when RTÉ didn’t cover it.

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Water supplies continue to be disrupted across the country; Newly released documents from thirty years ago cast new light on the relationship between Ireland and Britain; and the former president of Israel is found guilty of rape.

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