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#1985 state papers

From TheJournal.ie The IRA bombing of two ships led to an Irish/British dispute over territorial waters Sea War

The IRA bombing of two ships led to an Irish/British dispute over territorial waters

The border in Lough Foyle caused some serious debate.

From TheJournal.ie How a notorious Nazi war criminal was banned from his picturesque Waterford hideaway Dark Past This post contains videos

How a notorious Nazi war criminal was banned from his picturesque Waterford hideaway

Rumours about looted art in the Kilmacthomas estate persisted for years.

From TheJournal.ie The government was very concerned with bike tyres in 1985 You Shall Not Pass

The government was very concerned with bike tyres in 1985

Important business…

From TheJournal.ie Ireland was terrified that exercise could be the end of us all in the early 1980s... Damned Aerobics

Ireland was terrified that exercise could be the end of us all in the early 1980s...

Aerobics in particular. And not just because of the 80s legwarmers.

From TheJournal.ie Does St Patrick deserve his own flag? An enterprising Kerryman thought he did Patron Saint This post contains a poll

Does St Patrick deserve his own flag? An enterprising Kerryman thought he did

The government wouldn’t support the idea.

From TheJournal.ie An English car enthusiast made a play for Eamon de Valera's Rolls Royce in 1985 Dev's Car

An English car enthusiast made a play for Eamon de Valera's Rolls Royce in 1985

Ten years after his death Ireland still wasn’t at all sure what was to be done with Dev’s classic car.

From TheJournal.ie The great Donegal postal voting scam of 1985 Donegal Dodginess

The great Donegal postal voting scam of 1985

An enormous scam to rig postal voting in the north-western county took place. Fortunately, the scammers weren’t all that subtle…

From TheJournal.ie This letter is most blatant Big Tobacco threat to a Taoiseach you're likely to see No Qualms

This letter is most blatant Big Tobacco threat to a Taoiseach you're likely to see

Carroll Industries threatened to stop investing in businesses if new laws come in

From TheJournal.ie The man who let the Taoiseach know exactly what he thought about Jack the Ripper being Irish Not Impressed

The man who let the Taoiseach know exactly what he thought about Jack the Ripper being Irish

Talk about tarring us all with the same brush.

From TheJournal.ie That time an Irish minister got the UK's Northern Secretary so hammered he had to be walked around a park That's How We Roll

That time an Irish minister got the UK's Northern Secretary so hammered he had to be walked around a park

Douglas Hurd struggled to keep up with our own Peter Barry it seems.

From TheJournal.ie Garret FitzGerald really, really did not like Sinn Féin in 1985 Mansion House

Garret FitzGerald really, really did not like Sinn Féin in 1985

The then Taoiseach even reached out to his nemesis Charles Haughey in an attempt to stymie Gerry Adams’ party.

From TheJournal.ie Irish prisons ran out of overtime cash in 1984 - so they started letting prisoners go early Off You Go So
From TheJournal.ie 30 years ago, Dublin was a crime-riddled joyrider's paradise State Papers

30 years ago, Dublin was a crime-riddled joyrider's paradise

The damage being done with stolen cars in particular had the population terrified.

From TheJournal.ie 'Say the daily rosary': This is the kind of fan mail you get when you're Taoiseach 1985 State Papers

'Say the daily rosary': This is the kind of fan mail you get when you're Taoiseach

Garret Fitzgerald got quite a bit when he signed the Anglo-Irish agreement.

From TheJournal.ie Irish people really didn't like paying for their TV licence 30 years ago State Papers

Irish people really didn't like paying for their TV licence 30 years ago

The government needed to make savings in 1985, and RTE was very much in the firing line.

From TheJournal.ie The government wanted to launch a phone-tapping bill in 1985... Someone's Listening

The government wanted to launch a phone-tapping bill in 1985...

And they were very worried about the legal ramifications of it.

From TheJournal.ie 30 years ago Dunnes Stores was involved in ANOTHER workers' dispute... one that shook the world Apartheid

30 years ago Dunnes Stores was involved in ANOTHER workers' dispute... one that shook the world

The protest of Dunnes workers against South Africa’s apartheid regime was one of the most compelling stories of 1985.

From TheJournal.ie When Maggie dropped some epic shade on Garret FitzGerald... Ouch

When Maggie dropped some epic shade on Garret FitzGerald...

Mrs Thatcher was not a fan of Ministers for Foreign Affairs.

From TheJournal.ie Pornography being shown in pubs had the government in a fluster 30 years ago Nudey Films

Pornography being shown in pubs had the government in a fluster 30 years ago

The government of the time was not one bit happy at the thought of sex shops coming to these shores either.