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#State Papers

# state-papers - Sunday 13 January, 2019

In 1973 the government had to politely explain why it couldn't cash a near 100-year-old bond

Hundreds of thousands of these bonds were issued in the 19th century to raise support for Irish nationalism.

# state-papers - Saturday 5 January, 2019

'Pub life and gambling': A Soviet Russian guide to 1970s Ireland

Yuri Ustimenko was Russian news agency TAAS’ Irish correspondent from 1969 to 1971.

# state-papers - Tuesday 1 January, 2019

'Baylas', 'Beilis', 'Queillys': In the 1980s the government was urged to tackle cheap Spanish Baileys knock-offs

Locally produced copies of “extremely poor quality” were a persistent issue for importers.

# state-papers - Sunday 30 December, 2018

'It would be disastrous': People wrote to government in 1988 over concerns of a seal cull in Co Mayo

The government had ordered a seal census on the west coast to determine whether a cull was necessary.

Concerns were raised by women in 1986 over waiting times for cervical smear tests results

19 women wrote to the then-Minister for Women’s Affairs and Family Law about the issue, State Papers reveal.

# state-papers - Saturday 29 December, 2018

Ireland considered sanctions on Gaddafi's Libya over IRA support but was worried about beef

Ireland had built up a valuable beef export partnership with Libya.

Garrett FitzGerald told Margaret Thatcher: 'John Hume will generally do what he is asked to do'

The frank assessment came in meeting between the pair in The Hague in 1986.

Charlie Haughey was urged to pressure 'British arrogance' over Birmingham Six and Guildford Four

The convictions of the nine men and one women were ultimately quashed.

Fine Gael ministers discussed US corporations paying 'little or no tax' here in the 1980s

A letter from John Bruton to Alan Dukes has been released to the national archives.

# state-papers - Friday 28 December, 2018

'I'll wreck the joint': The day poet Patrick Kavanagh threatened Dublin's booksellers

“I will break every bloody bookshop in the city up,” Kavanagh barked at Hodges Figgis staff.

Imprisoned Gerry Conlon slams 'judicial terrorists' in 1988 letter to Haughey

By 1988, The Guildford Four had served over 13 years in prison having been handed down life sentences.

'A mad priest careering around Europe': Haughey and Thatcher clash over IRA clergyman

Father Patrick Ryan was suspected of being an IRA quartermaster active in Belgium.

# state-papers - Sunday 7 January, 2018

Temple Bar could have been a bus station but for a 'duplicitous volte face' from the government

It would also feature an underground rail tunnel from Heuston Station to Connolly.

# state-papers - Sunday 31 December, 2017

State Papers: RTÉ crew were 'somewhat cavalier' and acted 'on impulse' during US trip

The Irish Embassy had to rebook flights and arrange interviews for RTÉ when its crew visited in 1987.

State Papers: Irish government on the PIRA's 'biggest propaganda coup since the 1981 hunger strike'

The Irish government raised its concerns to the British over the RUC’s handling of Larry Marley’s funeral.

A bizarre story about a 'stolen' lawnmower made it into official government records 30 years ago

A tale about a Qualcast Punch Lawnmower worth £210 made it all the way into official Irish government records.

# state-papers - Saturday 30 December, 2017

North Korea wrote to 'Taoiserch Charles Haugher' asking for a letter to be read in the Dáil

“The note has not, of course, been acknowledged.”

# state-papers - Friday 29 December, 2017

Sinn Féin says rumours Gerry Adams set up Loughall ambush are "utter nonsense"

The claims are made in the State Papers, which were released under the 30-year-rule.

'Iraq owes us £5m': Ireland's prep ahead of a 1987 visit from one of Saddam's 'Dirty Dozen'

Departmental notes express concern about getting back the £5 million owed to Ireland in export payments.

'Sleveen', 'anti-Irish' and 'disgusting' - the anger at Lenihan over killing of eight IRA men

An innocent man was killed in the crossfire and his brother received life-altering injuries.

'Putting jam on the cake': Authorities knew Birmingham Six evidence 'enhanced' years before release

Newly released state papers have shed light on the behind the scenes interactions between the British and Irish governments during the Birmingham Sixes’ first appeal.

# state-papers - 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.

# state-papers - 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.

# state-papers - Sunday 1 January, 2017

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

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

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”.

Joe Dolan was on a UN blacklist over a performance in South Africa

As were Foster and Allen.

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.

# state-papers - 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.

Mountjoy prisoners segregated in 1986 after 20% diagnosed with Aids antibodies

An internal document reported 33 male prisoners and 10 female prisoners had been identified as having Aids antibodies.

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?

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