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#1986 state papers

From TheJournal.ie The government brought in word processors in the 1980s - and civil servants weren't too happy Word Processing Problems

The government brought in word processors in the 1980s - and civil servants weren't too happy

One civil servant had to routinely work through lunch and late in the day to catch up on work.

From TheJournal.ie The Government opposed giving any special money to help people left devastated by Hurricane Charley 1986 State Papers

The Government opposed giving any special money to help people left devastated by Hurricane Charley

Hurricane Charley swept across numerous counties in 1986 but Wicklow suffered the most.

From TheJournal.ie The government was worried a Russian nuclear satellite was about to fall on our heads 30 years ago Skyfall

The government was worried a Russian nuclear satellite was about to fall on our heads 30 years ago

The Russian satellite Cosmos 1402 was set to fall from the skies in January 1983.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland risked a PR disaster by billing for post mortems following the Air India 747 bombing Flight 182 This post contains videos

Ireland risked a PR disaster by billing for post mortems following the Air India 747 bombing

The bombing of Air India Flight 182 off the coast of Cork in June 1985 dropped Ireland into the middle of a humanitarian disaster recovery operation.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland tried to ban smoking in public in 1986 - and Big Tobacco was not impressed Lovely Fags Ban

Ireland tried to ban smoking in public in 1986 - and Big Tobacco was not impressed

1986 saw government health warnings introduced on tobacco products in Ireland for the first time.

'It outsold U2' - an album of Bosco songs was one of RTÉ's biggest hits in 1984

Did you have Bosco Sings in your house?

From TheJournal.ie Irish politicians really wanted Bob Geldof to win the Nobel Peace Prize 1986

Irish politicians really wanted Bob Geldof to win the Nobel Peace Prize

It didn’t happen for Bob though.

A Donegal child wrote a letter to Garret FitzGerald in 1984 having a sly dig at Charlie Haughey

“I don’t like the way Charlie is doing it”.

From TheJournal.ie Government investigated whether Josef Mengele spent time in Ireland after World War II 1986 State Papers

Government investigated whether Josef Mengele spent time in Ireland after World War II

The Nazi war criminal was suspected to have spent six weeks in Ireland under an assumed name

From TheJournal.ie 'A punishment from God's own hand' - the Irish got Biblical in their objections to 1985's contraception law Divine Argument

'A punishment from God's own hand' - the Irish got Biblical in their objections to 1985's contraception law

The 1985 Family Planning Act saw contraceptives made legal for over-18s without a prescription from selected outlets for the first time.

From TheJournal.ie Government considered using 'AIDS argument' in David Norris gay rights case Norris V Ireland

Government considered using 'AIDS argument' in David Norris gay rights case

In battling David Norris’ claims that Irish homosexuality laws were in breach of his human rights, the government was considering all kinds of defences.