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#1986

# 1986 - Wednesday 11 October, 2017

From The42 Stunning scenes as USA sensationally fail to reach World Cup for first time since 1986 Upset This post contains videos

Stunning scenes as USA sensationally fail to reach World Cup for first time since 1986

Bruce Arena’s side suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Trinidad and Tobago.

# 1986 - Saturday 21 January, 2017

The night Peter Robinson and a gang of masked loyalists invaded a Co Monaghan village

The incursion terrorised a village – and later criminal charges threatened to derail the future first minister’s career.

# 1986 - Tuesday 3 January, 2017

1938 Ireland: Post office clerk fired after £10 disappeared and he bought new suits and a bicycle

Pearoid was paid £2.5.6 a week, with his lodging costing £1.2.6 a week.

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

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

Irish ambassador said Russians blaming Chernobyl staff was a 'typical Soviet tactic'

Nuclear fallout and Soviet scepticism feature in official Irish state papers on the Chernobyl disaster.

# 1986 - Monday 2 January, 2017

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

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

# 1986 - Sunday 1 January, 2017

From The Daily Edge The secret songs, pleading letters, and big name snubs of Ireland's plans to entertain Ronald Reagan Let Me Entertain You

The secret songs, pleading letters, and big name snubs of Ireland's plans to entertain Ronald Reagan

Brendan Grace and Phil Coulter both wanted a piece of the pie.

'Doomed to live alone': Mother pleads with Garret FitzGerald for divorce referendum

The 27-year-old woman said Irish people should be given the opportunity to have a say in “their own destiny”.

Ireland's death penalty was a 'quaint throwback' but not everyone wanted to get rid of it

Thirty years ago, there were some political considerations.

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

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

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 - Saturday 31 December, 2016

1984: Letters from UK praise Irish people for their 'warm humanity' and generosity after Band Aid

One woman in England said it was a shame that FitzGerald was not their Prime Minister.

'Play your war games somewhere else': Anger as submarines caused havoc for Irish fishing industry in 1986

A number of incidents involving Irish trawlers and foreign submarines were reported in 1986.

30 years ago most Irish people wanted garda killers to be executed

The death penalty wasn’t abolished in Ireland until 1990.

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

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

Government urged to help free priest charged with murder of Filipino mayor

Fr Niall O’Brien was arrested in 1983 over the death of a local politician.

Aran sweaters, Avoca rugs and Waterford Crystal Statue of Liberty: Gifts Taoiseach gave Ronald Reagan

Reagan said the Waterford Crystal Statue of Liberty would be displayed permanently in the Statue of Liberty Museum.

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

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

Did you have Bosco Sings in your house?

'Sell water to Saudi Arabia and turf to England': A Londoner's advice to Garret FitzGerald

William Long, from Essex, wrote to the then Taoiseach with his plans for Irish trade.

# 1986 - Friday 30 December, 2016

1986: The levels of radioactive material in Irish water, milk and vegetables following Chernobyl

Arrangements were made to impound any produce which showed unacceptable levels of contamination.

1986: Mother of four abused by husband writes letter to Taoiseach outlining need for divorce

“God never intended continual punishment for one mistake.”

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

It didn’t happen for Bob though.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

# 1986 - Sunday 3 January, 2016

# 1986 - Thursday 11 December, 2014

Take 4: Homes for every budget around Ireland

Here is our pick of properties from €250,000… up to €1 million.

# 1986 - Tuesday 15 July, 2014

So just how young is the country's youngest junior minister?... The Edge has hats that are older

At 27, Simon Harris is now our most senior junior minister. Makes you wonder what you’ve been doing with your life, doesn’t it?

# 1986 - Sunday 13 July, 2014

From The42 5 memorable past Germany-Argentina clashes Looking Back

5 memorable past Germany-Argentina clashes

This is the third consecutive World Cup in which the sides have met.

# 1986 - Saturday 28 January, 2012

On this date: Challenger space shuttle explodes after take-off Anniversary This post contains images

On this date: Challenger space shuttle explodes after take-off

It was on this day in 1986 that the space shuttle exploded just 73 seconds into its launch from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. All seven crewmembers were killed.

# 1986 - Monday 28 March, 2011

From The42 A Bluffer's Guide to ... Uruguay Who Are Ya

A Bluffer's Guide to ... Uruguay

We give you a few tidbits on Ireland’s opposition so that you won’t be stuck for something intelligent to say in the pub tomorrow evening.