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#1986 state papers

# 1986-state-papers - Tuesday 3 January, 2017

The government brought in word processors in the 1980s - and civil servants weren't too happy
# Word Processing Problems
# Word Processing Problems

The government brought in word processors in the 1980s - and civil servants weren't too happy

Jan 3rd 2017, 7:00 PM 15,714 Views 23 Comments

One civil servant had to routinely work through lunch and late in the day to catch up on work.

# 1986-state-papers - Monday 2 January, 2017

The Government opposed giving any special money to help people left devastated by Hurricane Charley
# 1986 State Papers
# 1986 State Papers

The Government opposed giving any special money to help people left devastated by Hurricane Charley

Jan 2nd 2017, 6:00 PM 14,740 Views 21 Comments

Hurricane Charley swept across numerous counties in 1986 but Wicklow suffered the most.

# 1986-state-papers - Sunday 1 January, 2017

The government was worried a Russian nuclear satellite was about to fall on our heads 30 years ago
# Skyfall
# Skyfall

The government was worried a Russian nuclear satellite was about to fall on our heads 30 years ago

Jan 1st 2017, 11:00 PM 14,503 Views 10 Comments

The Russian satellite Cosmos 1402 was set to fall from the skies in January 1983.

Ireland risked a PR disaster by billing for post mortems following the Air India 747 bombing
# Flight 182
# Flight 182

Ireland risked a PR disaster by billing for post mortems following the Air India 747 bombing

Jan 1st 2017, 6:30 AM 23,152 Views 3 Comments

The bombing of Air India Flight 182 off the coast of Cork in June 1985 dropped Ireland into the middle of a humanitarian disaster recovery operation.

# 1986-state-papers - Saturday 31 December, 2016

Ireland tried to ban smoking in public in 1986 - and Big Tobacco was not impressed
# Lovely Fags Ban
# Lovely Fags Ban

Ireland tried to ban smoking in public in 1986 - and Big Tobacco was not impressed

Dec 31st 2016, 8:15 PM 13,765 Views 16 Comments

1986 saw government health warnings introduced on tobacco products in Ireland for the first time.

'It outsold U2' - an album of Bosco songs was one of RTÉ's biggest hits in 1984
# Hello Boys And Girls
From The Daily Edge
# Hello Boys And Girls

'It outsold U2' - an album of Bosco songs was one of RTÉ's biggest hits in 1984

Dec 31st 2016, 4:00 PM 11,174 Views 28 Comments

Did you have Bosco Sings in your house?

# 1986-state-papers - Friday 30 December, 2016

Irish politicians really wanted Bob Geldof to win the Nobel Peace Prize
# 1986
# 1986

Irish politicians really wanted Bob Geldof to win the Nobel Peace Prize

Dec 30th 2016, 11:21 AM 8,995 Views 31 Comments

It didn’t happen for Bob though.

A Donegal child wrote a letter to Garret FitzGerald in 1984 having a sly dig at Charlie Haughey
# Pen Pals
From The Daily Edge
# Pen Pals

A Donegal child wrote a letter to Garret FitzGerald in 1984 having a sly dig at Charlie Haughey

Dec 30th 2016, 9:30 AM 15,718 Views 9 Comments

“I don’t like the way Charlie is doing it”.

Government investigated whether Josef Mengele spent time in Ireland after World War II
# 1986 State Papers
# 1986 State Papers

Government investigated whether Josef Mengele spent time in Ireland after World War II

Dec 30th 2016, 7:15 AM 17,354 Views 11 Comments

The Nazi war criminal was suspected to have spent six weeks in Ireland under an assumed name

'A punishment from God's own hand' - the Irish got Biblical in their objections to 1985's contraception law
# Divine Argument
# Divine Argument

'A punishment from God's own hand' - the Irish got Biblical in their objections to 1985's contraception law

Dec 30th 2016, 6:45 AM 15,347 Views 101 Comments

The 1985 Family Planning Act saw contraceptives made legal for over-18s without a prescription from selected outlets for the first time.

Government considered using 'AIDS argument' in David Norris gay rights case
# Norris V Ireland
# Norris V Ireland

Government considered using 'AIDS argument' in David Norris gay rights case

Dec 30th 2016, 6:45 AM 21,450 Views 49 Comments

In battling David Norris’ claims that Irish homosexuality laws were in breach of his human rights, the government was considering all kinds of defences.