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#1985

From TheJournal.ie Aran sweaters, Avoca rugs and Waterford Crystal Statue of Liberty: Gifts Taoiseach gave Ronald Reagan There You Go

Aran sweaters, Avoca rugs and Waterford Crystal Statue of Liberty: Gifts Taoiseach gave Ronald Reagan

Reagan said the Waterford Crystal Statue of Liberty would be displayed permanently in the Statue of Liberty Museum.

From TheJournal.ie 1986: The levels of radioactive material in Irish water, milk and vegetables following Chernobyl Sudden Spike

1986: The levels of radioactive material in Irish water, milk and vegetables following Chernobyl

Arrangements were made to impound any produce which showed unacceptable levels of contamination.

From TheJournal.ie The Greens' new senator on her activist past and the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior IN 1985 This post contains videos

The Greens' new senator on her activist past and the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior

Former surf champion Grace O’Sullivan has had a pretty unique career to date.

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 Margaret Thatcher wanted to crush Loyalist strikers just like she did the miners Belfast Bunfight

Margaret Thatcher wanted to crush Loyalist strikers just like she did the miners

The UK Prime Minister was determined not to let them take down the Anglo-Irish Agreement.

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 Glenroe, Dallas and Today Tonight - The top 10 programmes Ireland was watching in 1985 State Papers

Glenroe, Dallas and Today Tonight - The top 10 programmes Ireland was watching in 1985

Some things never change with The Late Late Show coming out on top.

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 Dublin planning officer: More pubs will reduce drink driving as people wouldn't have as far to travel 1985

Dublin planning officer: More pubs will reduce drink driving as people wouldn't have as far to travel

The planning officer for Dublin city and country wanted the one mile restriction between pubs abolished in favour of half mile limits.

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 State Papers 1985: Garret Fitzgerald's government wasn't too keen on helping Stardust victims Terror Blaze

State Papers 1985: Garret Fitzgerald's government wasn't too keen on helping Stardust victims

An official wanted a redress scheme kept well away from the Taoiseach’s department.

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 Governor warned of potential 'bloodbath' among IRA prisoners if rubber bullets were removed RIOT CONTROL

Governor warned of potential 'bloodbath' among IRA prisoners if rubber bullets were removed

The government wanted to stop using them as part of efforts to rid them from Northern Ireland.

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 David Cameron adviser apologises over 'offensive' 1985 memo about black rioters Oliver Letwin

David Cameron adviser apologises over 'offensive' 1985 memo about black rioters

The memo was sent to the then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher back in 1985.

From TheJournal.ie An Archbishop, a Taoiseach and an angry face-off over IRA violence and 'genocide' A Just War?

An Archbishop, a Taoiseach and an angry face-off over IRA violence and 'genocide'

Garret Fitzgerald said the New York meeting was the most tense he has as Taoiseach outside Ireland.

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.

From TheJournal.ie Womanhood on trial: The letters received by the Taoiseach during the Kerry Babies saga Kerry Babies

Womanhood on trial: The letters received by the Taoiseach during the Kerry Babies saga

Documents released under the 30-year rule show the public interest in the tragedies.

From TheJournal.ie The Goonies is 30 - here's what became of the cast of an 80s classic Sloth Love Chunk

The Goonies is 30 - here's what became of the cast of an 80s classic

One of the greatest kids movies of all time is three decades old. Time flies.

From TheJournal.ie Man who 'assassinated a garda in cold blood' refused temporary release Courts

Man who 'assassinated a garda in cold blood' refused temporary release

Michael McHugh was initially sentenced to death but is now serving a 40-year prison term.

Ban lifted on Dire Straits song

Money for Nothing was banned from broadcast in Canada following complaints about a lyric that a listener found offensive.