Former taoiseach Garret FitzGerald and his wife, Joan. She approved the menu for the State dinner. Photograph: Jack McManus

Taoiseach’s office refurbished ‘in a style suitable for a tête-a-tête’ for 1984 visit

The then minister for finance Alan Dukes warned of “further and immediate cuts” in spending and an increase in interest rates. Photograph: Jack McManus/The Irish Times

Secret memo from September 1984 said public finances not ‘assured’ until end of year

An undated image of the Ford factory in Cork. In 1984, the company announced 800 of its 1,000 employees would lose their jobs.

Taoiseach wrote to Irish managing director to complain about lack of consultation

The Granard grotto where Ann Lovett went to have her baby in late January 1984. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Girl’s death after giving birth in Granard grotto no reflection on family, letter said

Oil storage tanks on Whiddy Island: the Irish National Petroleum Corporation planned to ship water to Saudia Arabia using its tankers. Photograph: Alan Betson

Water would be transported from Bantry Bay using oil tankers, under 1984 plan

President Hillery: it was suggested that he sign thank-you letters for donations as low as $10.  Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald was  mentioned as an alternative signatory. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

Trees for Ireland project sought to help ‘Irish-Americans identify with the country’

The Cork branch of Irish CND collecting signatures in College Green, Dublin, in 1984 for petitions asking presidents Reagan and Andropov to stop the arms race. The petitions were placed in the mock missiles and delivered to the US and Soviet embassies. Photograph: Pat Langan

Nuclear Energy Board sought advice in 1984 about the out-of-control ‘Cosmos 1402’

A wax figure of WB Yeats in the library at Westport House: a civil servant working in the Netherlands adapted the poem ‘Politics’ to describe a lawyer. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Letter written from hotel in The Hague also contained adaptation of Yeats’s poetry

Eamonn McEneaney of the Waterford Museum of Treasures winds the clock that once belonged to Napoleon’s mother. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Suggestion clock be displayed for Mitterrand ‘if we can be sure he doesn’t want it back’

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