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# state-papers - Friday 27 December, 2013

It would be deemed an “unfortunate event” if Mugabe was harmed on state visit to Ireland
# State Papers 1983
# State Papers 1983

It would be deemed an “unfortunate event” if Mugabe was harmed on state visit to Ireland

Dec 27th 2013, 8:45 AM 13,295 Views 17 Comments

A 1980s state paper advised the Department of Justice to increase security as it would not look good for the country if he was harmed while visiting Ireland.

TDs worried about impact Dáil TV and radio broadcasts would have on their dignity
# State Papers
# State Papers

TDs worried about impact Dáil TV and radio broadcasts would have on their dignity

Dec 27th 2013, 8:30 AM 6,813 Views 14 Comments

Here’s how the current Ceann Comhairle, Seán Barrett, played a key role in opening-up the Dáil to broadcasters.

The 30-year-old documents that unintentionally planned for Ireland's IMF bailout
# Back To The Future
# Back To The Future

The 30-year-old documents that unintentionally planned for Ireland's IMF bailout

Dec 27th 2013, 8:15 AM 13,481 Views 7 Comments

“The increase…would also increase the amount of IMF credit potentially available to Ireland should circumstances ever arise…”

History lesson: What happened during the 1983 abortion referendum?
# 1983
# 1983

History lesson: What happened during the 1983 abortion referendum?

Dec 27th 2013, 7:45 AM 28,272 Views 94 Comments

Using first-hand materials gathered from the National Archives, we take a look at what happened before and after the contentious vote in 1983.

The Attorney General's advice NOT to introduce 'pro-life' constitutional amendment
# 1983
# 1983

The Attorney General's advice NOT to introduce 'pro-life' constitutional amendment

Dec 27th 2013, 7:45 AM 6,847 Views 15 Comments

17 extracts from Peter Sutherland’s advice which predicted many of the issues Ireland has seen over the past 30 years.

Phone tapping: Papers reveal garda commissioner's belief that he had no choice but to retire
# State Papers
# State Papers

Phone tapping: Papers reveal garda commissioner's belief that he had no choice but to retire

Dec 27th 2013, 7:30 AM 8,269 Views 9 Comments

The Fine Gael-led government’s insistence in 1983 that two senior garda officers were not forced to retire over the phone tapping scandal is at odds with State papers released this month.

'Ireland's Watergate': How the phone tapping scandal would lead to Haughey's downfall... eventually
# 1983
# 1983

'Ireland's Watergate': How the phone tapping scandal would lead to Haughey's downfall... eventually

Dec 27th 2013, 7:30 AM 13,179 Views 19 Comments

What was the phone tapping scandal? TheJournal.ie takes a step back in time and examines what was arguably the biggest political scandal in Irish history that would have consequences far beyond 1983.

# state-papers - Monday 22 July, 2013

Haughey Government in row over royal baby message
# Royal Baby
# Royal Baby

Haughey Government in row over royal baby message

Jul 22nd 2013, 10:42 AM 32,024 Views 48 Comments

The Taoiseach’s Department disagreed with the Department of Foreign Affairs over whether a congratulatory message should be sent to the British Royal Family on the birth of Prince William of Wales in June 1982.

# state-papers - Sunday 6 January, 2013

Back to work: Here are the stories you missed over Christmas and New Year
# News You Missed
# News You Missed

Back to work: Here are the stories you missed over Christmas and New Year

Jan 6th 2013, 8:15 PM 18,493 Views 16 Comments

Many of us are returning to work for the first time tomorrow following the festive period. Here is a round-up of the news stories you may have missed. You are welcome.

# state-papers - Sunday 30 December, 2012

1982: 'Ireland', 'Éire' and why both aren't written on postage stamps
# 55c
# 55c

1982: 'Ireland', 'Éire' and why both aren't written on postage stamps

Dec 30th 2012, 8:00 AM 16,166 Views 28 Comments

Government thought that using the word ‘Ireland’ would be problematic as unionists regarded it as referring to the 32 counties.

1982: The term 'Irish Free State' deemed 'inappropriate' by An Taoiseach
# State Papers
# State Papers

1982: The term 'Irish Free State' deemed 'inappropriate' by An Taoiseach

Dec 30th 2012, 7:30 AM 7,902 Views 13 Comments

The rebuttal was in response to a letter from England which suggested that the ‘Irish Free State’ should be renamed the ‘Irish Secular Free State’.

# state-papers - Saturday 29 December, 2012

Thatcher papers show how Reagan kept Queen Elizabeth II waiting
# 1982
# 1982

Thatcher papers show how Reagan kept Queen Elizabeth II waiting

Dec 29th 2012, 8:30 PM 18,499 Views 13 Comments

British documents reveal the countries desire to make sure that President Reagan’s visit in 1982 materialised.

Fine Gael, Sinn Féin in war of words over Dessie Ellis claims
# 1982 State Papers
# 1982 State Papers

Fine Gael, Sinn Féin in war of words over Dessie Ellis claims

Dec 29th 2012, 4:03 PM 9,024 Views 111 Comments

FG chairman Charlie Flanagan said Dessie Ellis’s refusal to discuss British claims that he was involved in IRA murders were “utterly disgraceful”.

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

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

Dec 29th 2012, 10:30 AM 6,520 Views 8 Comments

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.

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

What did the Taoiseach want for lunch in 1973?

Dec 29th 2012, 10:15 AM 12,082 Views 18 Comments

One thing he wanted was an “appropriate soup”…

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

How much was a round of drinks in 1973?

Dec 29th 2012, 8:40 AM 16,310 Views 15 Comments

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

The things that Haughey was sent in 1982
# Dear Charlie
# Dear Charlie

The things that Haughey was sent in 1982

Dec 29th 2012, 8:00 AM 12,884 Views 25 Comments

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
# 1982
# 1982

Falklands War: Irish response to Belgrano sinking drew British anger

Dec 29th 2012, 7:30 AM 24,777 Views 62 Comments

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’
# Badvertising
# Badvertising

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

Dec 28th 2012, 9:15 PM 18,200 Views 33 Comments

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
# Housewives Union
# Housewives Union

Letter from an Irish housewife to Charlie Haughey

Dec 28th 2012, 7:09 PM 22,569 Views 34 Comments

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
# State Papers
# State Papers

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

Dec 28th 2012, 3:58 PM 15,847 Views 65 Comments

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
# State Papers
# State Papers

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

Dec 28th 2012, 12:42 PM 22,256 Views 240 Comments

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
# Peacekeeping
# Peacekeeping

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

Dec 28th 2012, 9:15 AM 27,112 Views 31 Comments

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
# Forecast
# Forecast

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

Dec 28th 2012, 8:45 AM 6,347 Views 30 Comments

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)
# Fidel Castro
# Fidel Castro

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

Dec 28th 2012, 8:30 AM 9,797 Views 25 Comments

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
# 1982
# 1982

No mention of Patrick Connolly, GUBU in 1982 State Papers

Dec 28th 2012, 7:45 AM 5,886 Views 6 Comments

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"
# 1982
# 1982

1982: Haughey, America and "The Troubles"

Dec 28th 2012, 7:30 AM 4,691 Views 3 Comments

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
# 1982
# 1982

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

Dec 28th 2012, 7:15 AM 10,211 Views 8 Comments

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
# Abortion
# Abortion

1982: Irish Council of Churches opposed anti-abortion amendment

Dec 28th 2012, 7:05 AM 4,335 Views 10 Comments

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
# 1982
# 1982

Haughey's mission against smoking and cigarette advertising

Dec 28th 2012, 6:55 AM 4,893 Views 6 Comments

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
# 1982
# 1982

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

Dec 28th 2012, 6:34 AM 4,293 Views 5 Comments

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
# Guinness
# Guinness

30 years ago: Guinness contemplated cutting the Irish connection

Dec 28th 2012, 6:32 AM 14,500 Views 28 Comments

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
# 1982
# 1982

30 years ago: Anger at Irish Government over IRA bombings

Dec 28th 2012, 6:31 AM 6,506 Views 10 Comments

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
# 1982
# 1982

Haughey intervened over detention of British journalists during Falklands crisis

Dec 28th 2012, 6:31 AM 3,146 Views 2 Comments

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
# Falklands

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

Dec 28th 2012, 6:31 AM 8,772 Views 21 Comments

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?
# 1982
# 1982

1982 State Papers: 30 years on?

Dec 28th 2012, 6:00 AM 4,576 Views 1 Comment

Has it really been 30 years? TheJournal.ie 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
# State Papers
# State Papers

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

Dec 31st 2011, 12:57 PM 20,729 Views 38 Comments

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
# State Papers

5 things that were bothering Charlie Haughey in 1981

Dec 31st 2011, 12:00 PM 9,553 Views 24 Comments

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