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# State Papers

All time
The man who let the Taoiseach know exactly what he thought about Jack the Ripper being Irish
That time an Irish minister got the UK's Northern Secretary so hammered he had to be walked around a park
Garret FitzGerald really, really did not like Sinn Féin in 1985
Irish prisons ran out of overtime cash in 1984 - so they started letting prisoners go early
State Papers 1985: Garret Fitzgerald's government wasn't too keen on helping Stardust victims
30 years ago, Dublin was a crime-riddled joyrider's paradise
Governor warned of potential 'bloodbath' among IRA prisoners if rubber bullets were removed
'Say the daily rosary': This is the kind of fan mail you get when you're Taoiseach
Irish people really didn't like paying for their TV licence 30 years ago
'It wasn't long after the hunger strikes... mayhem on the streets and we realised that something had to be done.'
The government wanted to launch a phone-tapping bill in 1985...
David Cameron adviser apologises over 'offensive' 1985 memo about black rioters
An Archbishop, a Taoiseach and an angry face-off over IRA violence and 'genocide'
30 years ago Dunnes Stores was involved in ANOTHER workers' dispute... one that shook the world
When Maggie dropped some epic shade on Garret FitzGerald...
Pornography being shown in pubs had the government in a fluster 30 years ago
Womanhood on trial: The letters received by the Taoiseach during the Kerry Babies saga
Mrs Brown, tourists, and the Luas: The week in numbers
What did Ronald Reagan eat on his visit to Ireland?
Government Buildings got a lick of paint when Ronald Reagan came to visit
Iran wanted films of the Irish struggle... we wanted to send them nature docs
The day an Irish fishing boat was sunk by a British submarine
Back in 1984 the Government was worried about banning smoking in classrooms
Government was worried about hiking up tax on booze in 1984 because we were so broke...
Could Britain's State Papers give a 'one-sided' view of Anglo-Irish history?
British spies had "excellent relations" with gardaí
Stop it! RTÉ was told to stop jamming pirate radio stations
Thirty years ago, a Fine Gael government was worried that Sinn Féin 'could deliver'
Were there nuclear missiles stored in Northern Ireland?
This American lady begged the Prime Minister to save the leprechaun
Ads for Transformer toys and Barbie's Star Traveller were a big worry in the 1980s....
Water cannons could be "more lethal than plastic bullets". That's what the UK told Ireland...
Ireland wanted to sell water to Saudi Arabia for $5 a barrel in the 1980s
Thatcher in '84: 'The Irish don't like to move, but they're all terribly happy to move to Britain'
"I would have preferred not to have seen Mr Browne at all"
This man warned that Ireland could end up needing a bailout... 30 years ago
In 1983 there was a chance a Soviet spy satellite would fall on Ireland
Thousands of Northern refugees streamed over the border in the 1970s - some were called "ungrateful"
The secret note that revealed how much Margaret Thatcher trusted Garret Fitzgerald
This 1984 memo to the Taoiseach is why you can't buy bangers at Halloween