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State Papers

# state-papers - Friday 3 January, 2014

Thatcher considered redrawing NI border to move Catholic areas south

The plan was revealed by British state papers released under the 30 year rule.

# state-papers - Wednesday 1 January, 2014

Minister objected to military vehicles factory setting up shop in Ireland in 1983

The Minister for Trade, Commerce and Tourism Frank Cluskey thought Ireland should take a restrictive attitude to the manufacturing of military equipment in Ireland.

# state-papers - Tuesday 31 December, 2013

Haughey government decided ministers should get a safe and shredder in their homes

If they required them, that is. The Fine Gael-led coalition tried to get them back in 1983 after they came to power.

# state-papers - Monday 30 December, 2013

From The Daily Edge Cornflakes and Ribena among foods banned during Mugabe’s 1983 visit to Ireland State Papers

Cornflakes and Ribena among foods banned during Mugabe’s 1983 visit to Ireland

State papers have revealed Mrs Mugabe’s dietary requirements.

# state-papers - Sunday 29 December, 2013

The ‘Free Nicky Kelly’ fliers found in New York’s subway in 1983 State Papers This post contains images

The ‘Free Nicky Kelly’ fliers found in New York’s subway in 1983

Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald and Minister Michael Noonan also came under considerable pressure from Nobel Peace Prize winner Seán MacBride.

The Department of Finance wanted to get rid of the government jet

The Cabinet and the Taoiseach wanted to keep the £2.5 million aeroplane.

Govt nervous about British nuclear plans and wanted cover ‘if anything went wrong’

An internal memo from the Department of Foreign Affairs shows the government wanted to “cover themselves in the event of anything going wrong” at Windscale.

# state-papers - Saturday 28 December, 2013

Haughey believed Jimmy Savile would be a good mediator for Thatcher dealings

A letter in the National Archives reveals details of a meeting between the pair at the Central Remedial Clinic in the 1980s.

Government wanted to play down its involvement in Kissinger visit

But he was given an official lunch, multiple tete-a-tetes with the Taoiseach and security detail.

Bishops given copy of Attorney General’s advice ahead of 1983 referendum

The Bishop of Clonfert was also given unfettered access to the Attorney General in the lead up to the abortion referendum.

Charles Haughey wanted to meet Saddam Hussein in 1978 – Saddam declined

Accompanied by Liam Lawlor, Haughey was there to arrange medical cooperation between the two countries.

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Good morning! Here are nine things you need to know as you start your day.

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”.

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 - Friday 27 December, 2013

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.

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.

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.

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.

NI Secretary of State referred to Ian Paisley as a ‘schizophrenic’

James Prior said the remark during a meeting with Minister for Foreign Affairs Peter Barry in October 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.

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.

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.

The 9 at 9: Friday

Good morning! Here are nine things you need to know as you start your day.

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.

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.

The 30-year-old documents that unintentionally planned for Ireland’s IMF bailout Back To The Future This post contains images

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…”

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

# 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.

# state-papers - Sunday 6 January, 2013

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.

# 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’.

# 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.

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.

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