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#1984

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.

From TheJournal.ie 1984: Letters from UK praise Irish people for their 'warm humanity' and generosity after Band Aid State Papers

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.

From TheJournal.ie Are Samsung's Smart TVs really listening in on your conversations? Eavesdropping

Are Samsung's Smart TVs really listening in on your conversations?

The company has been criticised for a policy which would allow its smart TVs to listen to you, but are these fears overblown?

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 The day an Irish fishing boat was sunk by a British submarine Cold War This post contains videos

The day an Irish fishing boat was sunk by a British submarine

Newly released documents show the Government had ‘no intention’ to get involved in the crew’s case against the UK.

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 Irish parachutists given out to for breaking rules on apartheid Apartheid

Irish parachutists given out to for breaking rules on apartheid

The Minister for Foreign Affairs was afraid their participation would give the wrong impression of where Ireland stood on the apartheid issue.

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 "I would have preferred not to have seen Mr Browne at all" Interview

"I would have preferred not to have seen Mr Browne at all"

Vincent Browne wanted to interview the Irish Ambassador in 1984 – who wasn’t happy about it.

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 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.

From TheJournal.ie Ombudsman finds 'no evidence' that RUC involved in murder attempt on Gerry Adams 1984

Ombudsman finds 'no evidence' that RUC involved in murder attempt on Gerry Adams

The Sinn Féin Leader believes that the report is incomplete.

Here's what you were enjoying on this day 10 years ago

Or 20 years ago, or even 30…

From TheJournal.ie Thatcher considered redrawing NI border to move Catholic areas south 1984

Thatcher considered redrawing NI border to move Catholic areas south

The plan was revealed by British state papers released under the 30 year rule.

From TheJournal.ie George Orwell warned us about more than just Big Brother Futurist

George Orwell warned us about more than just Big Brother

Countryside overrun by housing developments, commercialism and greed – the 1984 author is one to re-read.

From TheJournal.ie Sales of George Orwell's '1984' up 6,000% since US surveillance scandal Big Brother

Sales of George Orwell's '1984' up 6,000% since US surveillance scandal

The disclosure of the American authorities’ surveillance programmes has led to a spike in the novel that has become synonymous with government overreach.

From TheJournal.ie Do you know where these photos of the 1984 European elections were taken? Mystery This post contains images

Do you know where these photos of the 1984 European elections were taken?

Do you recognise that school? Did you grow up on that street? Is that your ma?

From TheJournal.ie Video: What futuristic films promised would happen by now Coming Soon This post contains videos

Video: What futuristic films promised would happen by now

Computer tablets, Big Brother and exploding supernovas – some of these have come true…

From The42 Player strike brings La Liga season to a halt Disruption

Player strike brings La Liga season to a halt

Disagreement over salaries means Spanish players’ may have to cut short the traditional mid-season winter break.