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#1984 State Papers

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

Jan 3rd 2015, 11:30 AM 7,585 Views 12 Comments

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

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

Jan 2nd 2015, 8:30 PM 25,422 Views 16 Comments

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

Government was worried about hiking up tax on booze in 1984 because we were so broke...
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Government was worried about hiking up tax on booze in 1984 because we were so broke...

Jan 1st 2015, 10:15 AM 11,264 Views 17 Comments

… but they did it anyway.

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

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

Dec 31st 2014, 7:00 PM 9,632 Views 18 Comments

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

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

Dec 30th 2014, 8:00 AM 12,939 Views 21 Comments

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

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

Dec 30th 2014, 7:15 AM 8,733 Views 51 Comments

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

This American lady begged the Prime Minister to save the leprechaun
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This American lady begged the Prime Minister to save the leprechaun

Dec 29th 2014, 8:45 AM 18,313 Views 20 Comments

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

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

Dec 28th 2014, 4:30 PM 13,751 Views 30 Comments

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

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

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

Dec 28th 2014, 11:30 AM 15,824 Views 13 Comments

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

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

Dec 28th 2014, 10:00 AM 12,979 Views 77 Comments

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

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

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

Dec 28th 2014, 8:45 AM 20,135 Views 107 Comments

There was one problem… Japan also wanted to.

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

Dec 27th 2014, 8:17 PM 68,524 Views 167 Comments

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

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

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

Dec 27th 2014, 2:16 PM 19,659 Views 37 Comments

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

In 1983 there was a chance a Soviet spy satellite would fall on Ireland
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# 1984 State Papers

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

Dec 27th 2014, 10:30 AM 9,128 Views 12 Comments

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

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

Dec 27th 2014, 8:45 AM 25,533 Views 76 Comments

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

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

Dec 27th 2014, 8:15 AM 17,793 Views 38 Comments

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

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

Dec 27th 2014, 7:45 AM 17,879 Views 16 Comments

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

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

Dec 27th 2014, 7:10 AM 8,583 Views 5 Comments

Notes from a secret meeting have just been released.