#1982 State Papers
# 1982-state-papers - Monday 22 July, 2013
# 1982-state-papers - Sunday 30 December, 2012
Government thought that using the word ‘Ireland’ would be problematic as unionists regarded it as referring to the 32 counties.
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
British documents reveal the countries desire to make sure that President Reagan’s visit in 1982 materialised.
FG chairman Charlie Flanagan said Dessie Ellis’s refusal to discuss British claims that he was involved in IRA murders were “utterly disgraceful”.
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.
A man revered by his people, Charles Haughey was a politician used to the finer things in life.
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
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.
The head of the Irish Housewives’ Union wrote in 1982 to denounce “typical career women”, family planning clinics, sex education and mistresses.
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.
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.
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.
A Government department predicted both an ECHR defeat and a Supreme Court ruling allowing a constitutional right to abortion – years before each ever happened.
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.
Newly released documents show Ireland’s attempts to engage American President Ronald Reagan on Northern Ireland and to counter British propaganda.
The Government was worried that an arrangement between RTÉ and BBC could lead to a national embarrassment.
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.
During his time as Taoiseach, Charles Haughey moved to change the culture of smoking in Ireland.
The Secretary to the Government asked, “Why not let the ordinary law apply – as in the case of thalomide.”
The recent Falkands War and the IRA bombing campaign had led to a “resistance to the Irish angle”.
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.
The Taoiseach was asked to provide assistance as Ireland was looked upon favourably by Buenos Aires during the Falkland Island conflict.
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.