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#1983 State Papers

# 1983-state-papers - Tuesday 31 December, 2013

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

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

Dec 31st 2013, 5:00 PM 9,219 Views 32 Comments

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

# 1983-state-papers - Monday 30 December, 2013

Indira Gandhi sent greetings from the sky to 'friendly people' of Ireland
# 1983 State Papers
# 1983 State Papers

Indira Gandhi sent greetings from the sky to 'friendly people' of Ireland

Dec 30th 2013, 6:30 PM 15,094 Views 25 Comments

How nice.

# 1983-state-papers - Sunday 29 December, 2013

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

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

Dec 29th 2013, 8:30 PM 26,168 Views 12 Comments

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

Paisley wanted NI families visiting prisoners in Republic to be paid for
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# 1983

Paisley wanted NI families visiting prisoners in Republic to be paid for

Dec 29th 2013, 8:45 AM 13,559 Views 30 Comments

Dr Ian Paisley had written on numerous occasions to the Taoiseach about setting up a scheme to help families from Northern Ireland which had loved ones in jail in Ireland.

Govt nervous about British nuclear plans and wanted cover ‘if anything went wrong’
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# 1983

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

Dec 29th 2013, 7:30 AM 5,910 Views 6 Comments

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.

# 1983-state-papers - Saturday 28 December, 2013

Government wanted to play down its involvement in Kissinger visit
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# 1983

Government wanted to play down its involvement in Kissinger visit

Dec 28th 2013, 5:30 PM 7,628 Views 14 Comments

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
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# Abortion

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

Dec 28th 2013, 5:00 PM 7,968 Views 35 Comments

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

# 1983-state-papers - Friday 27 December, 2013

How's your memory? Do you recall how much a round of drinks was in 1983?
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# State Papers

How's your memory? Do you recall how much a round of drinks was in 1983?

Dec 27th 2013, 9:45 PM 36,463 Views 26 Comments

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
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# State Papers

Maze prisoners badly treated by 'out of control' officers after IRA escape

Dec 27th 2013, 9:30 PM 18,334 Views 34 Comments

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
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# 1983

RTÉ refused an exemption on Sinn Féin broadcast ban

Dec 27th 2013, 8:30 PM 14,307 Views 38 Comments

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.

Ex-senior garda advised Taoiseach not to appoint an 'outsider' as commissioner
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# State Papers

Ex-senior garda advised Taoiseach not to appoint an 'outsider' as commissioner

Dec 27th 2013, 9:45 AM 19,296 Views 8 Comments

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'
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# State Papers 1983

George H.W. Bush wanted to have a 'word in Thatcher's ear'

Dec 27th 2013, 9:15 AM 10,686 Views 30 Comments

The then-US Vice President wanted to influence Anglo-Irish relations, but timing prevented it.

TDs worried about impact Dáil TV and radio broadcasts would have on their dignity
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# State Papers

TDs worried about impact Dáil TV and radio broadcasts would have on their dignity

Dec 27th 2013, 8:30 AM 6,793 Views 14 Comments

Here’s how the current Ceann Comhairle, Seán Barrett, played a key role in opening-up the Dáil to broadcasters.

History lesson: What happened during the 1983 abortion referendum?
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# 1983

History lesson: What happened during the 1983 abortion referendum?

Dec 27th 2013, 7:45 AM 27,023 Views 94 Comments

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
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# 1983

The Attorney General's advice NOT to introduce 'pro-life' constitutional amendment

Dec 27th 2013, 7:45 AM 6,813 Views 15 Comments

17 extracts from Peter Sutherland’s advice which predicted many of the issues Ireland has seen over the past 30 years.

'Ireland's Watergate': How the phone tapping scandal would lead to Haughey's downfall... eventually
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# 1983

'Ireland's Watergate': How the phone tapping scandal would lead to Haughey's downfall... eventually

Dec 27th 2013, 7:30 AM 12,632 Views 19 Comments

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.