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1982 State Papers

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# 1982-state-papers - Monday 22 July, 2013

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.

# 1982-state-papers - Sunday 30 December, 2012

1982: ‘Ireland’, ‘Éire’ and why both aren’t written on postage stamps 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.

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-state-papers - Saturday 29 December, 2012

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.

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 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.

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.

# 1982-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.

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.

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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.