The phrase ‘whistleblowing’ did not even enter our language until the 1970s

Whistleblowing is a form of disobedience ‘well suited to a society in which our lives are shaped by mammoth, impersonal, bureaucra(...)

Jack Lynch  sent a toned-down message of goodwill to the cabaret, saying: “Your light-hearted entertainment will bring pleasure to our friends in North America.”

Official noted ‘How Are Things in Glocca Morra?’ listed as one of ‘most beautiful songs’

David Norris: one of the government’s strategies was a plan to persuade the court he was “not a ‘victim’ because he has never been prosecuted or questioned by the police”. Photograph: David Sleator

‘No real prospect’ of arguing homosexuality ban was necessary for protection of morals

At times the Ireland of 1984 seemed to resemble something from a Flann O’Brien novel. Photograph: The Irish Times

State papers from 30 years ago depict a country more disorganised than dystopian

TK Whitaker, secretary of the department of finance, sought information on whether the Holy See would “consider investments in Irish government securities or in property development”. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

Dublin sounded out Holy See about possibility of investment in mid-1960s

US president Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, in the Ronald Reagan Pub in Ballyporeen, Co Tipperary, in 1984. Photograph: Pat Langan

State waswarned against contesting case taken by women rounded up from peace camp

The Irish Hospitals’ Sweepstakes building in Ballsbridge in 1984: plans were being made for a State takeover of the company. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Taoiseach was lobbied by Frank Flannery of Rehab, who was concerned over rival lottery

Jim Mitchell: argued that the government should consider the threat to the creditworthiness of the State if ISL were liquidated. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Minister for communucations wanted company to be kept running until end of 1985

Only a third of humanities graduates in jobs felt their education was relevant

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