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#1985 state papers

# 1985-state-papers - Sunday 3 January, 2016

The IRA bombing of two ships led to an Irish/British dispute over territorial waters
# Sea War
# Sea War

The IRA bombing of two ships led to an Irish/British dispute over territorial waters

Jan 3rd 2016, 6:15 AM 23,514 Views 44 Comments

The border in Lough Foyle caused some serious debate.

# 1985-state-papers - Saturday 2 January, 2016

How a notorious Nazi war criminal was banned from his picturesque Waterford hideaway
# Dark Past
# Dark Past

How a notorious Nazi war criminal was banned from his picturesque Waterford hideaway

Jan 2nd 2016, 5:00 PM 42,442 Views 46 Comments

Rumours about looted art in the Kilmacthomas estate persisted for years.

The government was very concerned with bike tyres in 1985
# You Shall Not Pass
# You Shall Not Pass

The government was very concerned with bike tyres in 1985

Jan 2nd 2016, 8:30 AM 20,429 Views 16 Comments

Important business…

# 1985-state-papers - Friday 1 January, 2016

Ireland was terrified that exercise could be the end of us all in the early 1980s...
# Damned Aerobics
# Damned Aerobics

Ireland was terrified that exercise could be the end of us all in the early 1980s...

Jan 1st 2016, 10:00 PM 53,626 Views 28 Comments

Aerobics in particular. And not just because of the 80s legwarmers.

Does St Patrick deserve his own flag? An enterprising Kerryman thought he did
# Patron Saint
# Patron Saint

Does St Patrick deserve his own flag? An enterprising Kerryman thought he did

Jan 1st 2016, 7:30 PM 12,781 Views 55 Comments

The government wouldn’t support the idea.

An English car enthusiast made a play for Eamon de Valera's Rolls Royce in 1985
# Dev's Car
# Dev's Car

An English car enthusiast made a play for Eamon de Valera's Rolls Royce in 1985

Jan 1st 2016, 3:00 PM 20,143 Views 31 Comments

Ten years after his death Ireland still wasn’t at all sure what was to be done with Dev’s classic car.

The great Donegal postal voting scam of 1985
# Donegal Dodginess
# Donegal Dodginess

The great Donegal postal voting scam of 1985

Jan 1st 2016, 7:30 AM 18,135 Views 20 Comments

An enormous scam to rig postal voting in the north-western county took place. Fortunately, the scammers weren’t all that subtle…

This letter is most blatant Big Tobacco threat to a Taoiseach you're likely to see
# No Qualms
# No Qualms

This letter is most blatant Big Tobacco threat to a Taoiseach you're likely to see

Jan 1st 2016, 7:00 AM 16,385 Views 38 Comments

Carroll Industries threatened to stop investing in businesses if new laws come in

The man who let the Taoiseach know exactly what he thought about Jack the Ripper being Irish
# Not Impressed
# Not Impressed

The man who let the Taoiseach know exactly what he thought about Jack the Ripper being Irish

Jan 1st 2016, 6:10 AM 15,563 Views 13 Comments

Talk about tarring us all with the same brush.

# 1985-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
# That's How We Roll
# That's How We Roll

That time an Irish minister got the UK's Northern Secretary so hammered he had to be walked around a park

Dec 31st 2015, 9:30 PM 38,579 Views 11 Comments

Douglas Hurd struggled to keep up with our own Peter Barry it seems.

Garret FitzGerald really, really did not like Sinn Féin in 1985
# Mansion House
# Mansion House

Garret FitzGerald really, really did not like Sinn Féin in 1985

Dec 31st 2015, 8:15 PM 15,639 Views 115 Comments

The then Taoiseach even reached out to his nemesis Charles Haughey in an attempt to stymie Gerry Adams’ party.

Irish prisons ran out of overtime cash in 1984 - so they started letting prisoners go early
# Off You Go So
# Off You Go So

Irish prisons ran out of overtime cash in 1984 - so they started letting prisoners go early

Dec 31st 2015, 6:00 PM 9,967 Views 8 Comments

The process was known as ‘shedding’.

30 years ago, Dublin was a crime-riddled joyrider's paradise
# State Papers
# State Papers

30 years ago, Dublin was a crime-riddled joyrider's paradise

Dec 31st 2015, 7:15 AM 21,982 Views 37 Comments

The damage being done with stolen cars in particular had the population terrified.

# 1985-state-papers - Wednesday 30 December, 2015

'Say the daily rosary': This is the kind of fan mail you get when you're Taoiseach
# 1985 State Papers
# 1985 State Papers

'Say the daily rosary': This is the kind of fan mail you get when you're Taoiseach

Dec 30th 2015, 10:00 PM 14,303 Views 11 Comments

Garret Fitzgerald got quite a bit when he signed the Anglo-Irish agreement.

Irish people really didn't like paying for their TV licence 30 years ago
# State Papers
# State Papers

Irish people really didn't like paying for their TV licence 30 years ago

Dec 30th 2015, 6:30 PM 15,196 Views 65 Comments

The government needed to make savings in 1985, and RTE was very much in the firing line.

The government wanted to launch a phone-tapping bill in 1985...
# Someone's Listening
# Someone's Listening

The government wanted to launch a phone-tapping bill in 1985...

Dec 30th 2015, 11:30 AM 8,250 Views 23 Comments

And they were very worried about the legal ramifications of it.

30 years ago Dunnes Stores was involved in ANOTHER workers' dispute... one that shook the world
# Apartheid
# Apartheid

30 years ago Dunnes Stores was involved in ANOTHER workers' dispute... one that shook the world

Dec 30th 2015, 7:30 AM 14,780 Views 13 Comments

The protest of Dunnes workers against South Africa’s apartheid regime was one of the most compelling stories of 1985.

When Maggie dropped some epic shade on Garret FitzGerald...
# Ouch
# Ouch

When Maggie dropped some epic shade on Garret FitzGerald...

Dec 30th 2015, 6:30 AM 9,595 Views 29 Comments

Mrs Thatcher was not a fan of Ministers for Foreign Affairs.

Pornography being shown in pubs had the government in a fluster 30 years ago
# Nudey Films
# Nudey Films

Pornography being shown in pubs had the government in a fluster 30 years ago

Dec 30th 2015, 6:05 AM 25,518 Views 25 Comments

The government of the time was not one bit happy at the thought of sex shops coming to these shores either.