# state-papers - Yesterday’s News
They might not help your budget – but your home will look amazing.
# state-papers - Sunday 3 January, 2016
The border in Lough Foyle caused some serious debate.
# state-papers - Saturday 2 January, 2016
Rumours about looted art in the Kilmacthomas estate persisted for years.
The UK Prime Minister was determined not to let them take down the Anglo-Irish Agreement.
# state-papers - Friday 1 January, 2016
Aerobics in particular. And not just because of the 80s legwarmers.
The government wouldn’t support the idea.
Ten years after his death Ireland still wasn’t at all sure what was to be done with Dev’s classic car.
An enormous scam to rig postal voting in the north-western county took place. Fortunately, the scammers weren’t all that subtle…
Talk about tarring us all with the same brush.
# state-papers - Thursday 31 December, 2015
That time an Irish minister got the UK’s Northern Secretary so hammered he had to be walked around a park
Douglas Hurd struggled to keep up with our own Peter Barry it seems.
The then Taoiseach even reached out to his nemesis Charles Haughey in an attempt to stymie Gerry Adams’ party.
The process was known as ‘shedding’.
An official wanted a redress scheme kept well away from the Taoiseach’s department.
The damage being done with stolen cars in particular had the population terrified.
The government wanted to stop using them as part of efforts to rid them from Northern Ireland.
# state-papers - Wednesday 30 December, 2015
Garret Fitzgerald got quite a bit when he signed the Anglo-Irish agreement.
The government needed to make savings in 1985, and RTE was very much in the firing line.
‘It wasn’t long after the hunger strikes… mayhem on the streets and we realised that something had to be done.’
Former Tánaiste Dick Spring talks about the tensions and troubles of 1985.
And they were very worried about the legal ramifications of it.
The memo was sent to the then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher back in 1985.
Garret Fitzgerald said the New York meeting was the most tense he has as Taoiseach outside Ireland.
The protest of Dunnes workers against South Africa’s apartheid regime was one of the most compelling stories of 1985.
Mrs Thatcher was not a fan of Ministers for Foreign Affairs.
The government of the time was not one bit happy at the thought of sex shops coming to these shores either.
Documents released under the 30-year rule show the public interest in the tragedies.
# state-papers - Saturday 3 January, 2015
Plus: What was the lowest temperature in Ireland this week?
Not too much butter, anyway.
Including varnishing, carpets, ceiling tiles and “general cleaning up”.
A rep from Iranian TV wanted a video from Ireland for broadcasting.
# state-papers - Thursday 1 January, 2015
Newly released documents show the Government had ‘no intention’ to get involved in the crew’s case against the UK.
In some schools smoking in the classroom was “an accepted practice”.
… but they did it anyway.
# state-papers - Tuesday 30 December, 2014
One Fianna Fáil councillor believes so, as the British papers are being released ahead of Irish papers.
And Irish ministers didn’t know it.
Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald said the Government were not trying to be “spoil-sports”.
Foreign Affairs Minister Peter Barry didn’t like that Sinn Féin representatives were being listened to.
# state-papers - Monday 29 December, 2014
That was a big question back in the early 1980s.
“In our hearts we know they are still there.”
# state-papers - Sunday 28 December, 2014
The country was in the midst of a recession with unemployment up to 16.1%.