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# State Papers

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# 1983
Changes to prison accommodation rules raised concerns about homosexuality
There were “obvious objections to having two prisoners in one cell – the most common objection being that it facilitates homosexuality”.
# State Papers
Haughey sought military advice on a common defence plan for Ireland and the UK
State Papers show he planned to ‘bait’ Margaret Thatcher into talks on reunification using the plan.
# State Papers
How's your memory? Do you recall how much a round of drinks was in 1983?
Let’s look at a government bill from when Robert Mugabe visited this island.
# State Papers
Maze prisoners badly treated by 'out of control' officers after IRA escape
One prisoner lost his front teeth, reveals secret documents held in the Department of the Taoiseach.
# 1983
RTÉ refused an exemption on Sinn Féin broadcast ban
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.
# State Papers
This underwear ad in the RTÉ Guide caused a bit of a stir in 1978
In the late 70s and early 80s, there were also a number of complaints about about inappropriate content in men’s magazines.
# 1983
Cost of Margaret Thatcher's helicopter created headaches for govt departments
Departments conversed internally about who should pay the cost which reached more than £8,000.
# State Papers
Ex-senior garda advised Taoiseach not to appoint an 'outsider' as commissioner
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.
# State Papers 1983
George H.W. Bush wanted to have a 'word in Thatcher's ear'
The then-US Vice President wanted to influence Anglo-Irish relations, but timing prevented it.
# State Papers 1983
It would be deemed an “unfortunate event” if Mugabe was harmed on state visit to Ireland
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.
# State Papers
TDs worried about impact Dáil TV and radio broadcasts would have on their dignity
Here’s how the current Ceann Comhairle, Seán Barrett, played a key role in opening-up the Dáil to broadcasters.
# Back To The Future
The 30-year-old documents that unintentionally planned for Ireland's IMF bailout
“The increase…would also increase the amount of IMF credit potentially available to Ireland should circumstances ever arise…”
# 1983
History lesson: What happened during the 1983 abortion referendum?
Using first-hand materials gathered from the National Archives, we take a look at what happened before and after the contentious vote in 1983.
# 1983
The Attorney General's advice NOT to introduce 'pro-life' constitutional amendment
17 extracts from Peter Sutherland’s advice which predicted many of the issues Ireland has seen over the past 30 years.
# State Papers
Phone tapping: Papers reveal garda commissioner's belief that he had no choice but to retire
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.
# 1983
'Ireland's Watergate': How the phone tapping scandal would lead to Haughey's downfall... eventually
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.
# Royal baby
Haughey Government in row over royal baby message
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.
# News you missed
Back to work: Here are the stories you missed over Christmas and New Year
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.
# 55c
1982: 'Ireland', 'Éire' and why both aren't written on postage stamps
Government thought that using the word ‘Ireland’ would be problematic as unionists regarded it as referring to the 32 counties.
# State Papers
1982: The term 'Irish Free State' deemed 'inappropriate' by An Taoiseach
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’.
# 1982
Thatcher papers show how Reagan kept Queen Elizabeth II waiting
British documents reveal the countries desire to make sure that President Reagan’s visit in 1982 materialised.
# 1982 State Papers
Fine Gael, Sinn Féin in war of words over Dessie Ellis claims
FG chairman Charlie Flanagan said Dessie Ellis’s refusal to discuss British claims that he was involved in IRA murders were “utterly disgraceful”.
# 1982
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.
# State Papers
What did the Taoiseach want for lunch in 1973?
One thing he wanted was an “appropriate soup”…
# State Papers
How much was a round of drinks in 1973?
Let’s look at the Taoiseach’s drink bill to find out…
# dear charlie
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.
# 1982
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.
# Badvertising
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.
# housewives union
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.
# State Papers
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.
# State Papers
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.
# Peacekeeping
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.
# forecast
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
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.
# 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
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.
# 1982
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.