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#1984 State Papers

From TheJournal.ie Government Buildings got a lick of paint when Ronald Reagan came to visit 1984

Government Buildings got a lick of paint when Ronald Reagan came to visit

Including varnishing, carpets, ceiling tiles and “general cleaning up”.

From TheJournal.ie This 8-year-old wrote to the Taoiseach in 1984 because RTÉ was 'mean to block sunshine' Meanies

This 8-year-old wrote to the Taoiseach in 1984 because RTÉ was 'mean to block sunshine'

She said she wanted RTÉ to ‘stop being mean’ to a pirate radio station.

From TheJournal.ie Government was worried about hiking up tax on booze in 1984 because we were so broke... 1984 State Papers
From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach's office had to confirm that 'Éire' would NOT be removed from Irish stamps in 1982 An Post

Taoiseach's office had to confirm that 'Éire' would NOT be removed from Irish stamps in 1982

Questions were asked whether An Post should be given an “entirely free hand” in the designing of stamps.

From TheJournal.ie Stop it! RTÉ was told to stop jamming pirate radio stations 1984 State Papers

Stop it! RTÉ was told to stop jamming pirate radio stations

Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald said the Government were not trying to be “spoil-sports”.

From TheJournal.ie Thirty years ago, a Fine Gael government was worried that Sinn Féin 'could deliver' 1984 State Papers

Thirty years ago, a Fine Gael government was worried that Sinn Féin 'could deliver'

Foreign Affairs Minister Peter Barry didn’t like that Sinn Féin representatives were being listened to.

From TheJournal.ie This American lady begged the Prime Minister to save the leprechaun State Papers

This American lady begged the Prime Minister to save the leprechaun

“In our hearts we know they are still there.”

From TheJournal.ie Haughey warned about possible international law breach with 'illegitimate' children and divorce 1984 State Papers

Haughey warned about possible international law breach with 'illegitimate' children and divorce

Ireland wanted to ‘avoid a situation’ where it was found to be in breach of its international commitments.

From TheJournal.ie Ads for Transformer toys and Barbie's Star Traveller were a big worry in the 1980s.... Recession

Ads for Transformer toys and Barbie's Star Traveller were a big worry in the 1980s....

The country was in the midst of a recession with unemployment up to 16.1%.

From TheJournal.ie Water cannons could be "more lethal than plastic bullets". That's what the UK told Ireland... 1984 State Papers

Water cannons could be "more lethal than plastic bullets". That's what the UK told Ireland...

17 people were killed by either rubber or plastic bullets during The Troubles.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland wanted to sell water to Saudi Arabia for $5 a barrel in the 1980s We Have What You Need

Ireland wanted to sell water to Saudi Arabia for $5 a barrel in the 1980s

There was one problem… Japan also wanted to.

From TheJournal.ie Thatcher in '84: 'The Irish don't like to move, but they're all terribly happy to move to Britain' 1984 State Papers

Thatcher in '84: 'The Irish don't like to move, but they're all terribly happy to move to Britain'

The PM’s comments have been revealed in newly released state documents.

From TheJournal.ie This man warned that Ireland could end up needing a bailout... 30 years ago Dukes Of Hazard

This man warned that Ireland could end up needing a bailout... 30 years ago

State papers reveal how Alan Dukes warned his cabinet colleagues of the need to cut spending.

From TheJournal.ie In 1983 there was a chance a Soviet spy satellite would fall on Ireland 1984 State Papers

In 1983 there was a chance a Soviet spy satellite would fall on Ireland

There was one in 10,000 chance nuclear-powered Cosmo 1402 would fall over Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie Thousands of Northern refugees streamed over the border in the 1970s - some were called "ungrateful" State Papers

Thousands of Northern refugees streamed over the border in the 1970s - some were called "ungrateful"

The situation is detailed in a memo to Government from 1973.

From TheJournal.ie The secret note that revealed how much Margaret Thatcher trusted Garret Fitzgerald State Papers

The secret note that revealed how much Margaret Thatcher trusted Garret Fitzgerald

A steering note before Garret Fitzgerald’s meeting with Margaret Thatcher shows us how she was “by political preference” a Unionist.

From TheJournal.ie This 1984 memo to the Taoiseach is why you can't buy bangers at Halloween State Papers

This 1984 memo to the Taoiseach is why you can't buy bangers at Halloween

You can buy all the toy gun caps you like though.

From TheJournal.ie John Hume was 'rather blunt' with Margaret Thatcher in secret meeting 1984

John Hume was 'rather blunt' with Margaret Thatcher in secret meeting

Notes from a secret meeting have just been released.