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

Guests at the 1984 State banquet in Dublin in honour of US president Ronald Reagan were treated to roast beef and turtle soup, but only the to(...)

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

The announcement of the closure of the Ford factory in Cork in January 1984 with the loss of 800 jobs took taoiseach Garret FitzGerald by surprise, ac(...)

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

A project involving tree-planting to be paid for by Irish-Americans got cautious government approval in 1984.But a suggestion that president Patrick H(...)

Munster chief executive Garrett Fitzgerald says the province  have investigated the incident, are satisfied it was accidental, and have taken steps to ensure such an incident won’t happen again.. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster Rugby CEO Garrett Fitzgerald admits he has no idea if the leaking of a confidential coaching report will result in legal action against the pr(...)

 Munster Head coach Anthony Foley with Munster Chief Executive Garrett Fitzgerald. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster say they are confident that they have taken steps to ensure the accidental sending of a private coaching document will never happen again.CEO (...)

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald , lays a wreath at the grave of Michael Collins, at the Collins Griffith Commemoration , at Glasnevin Cemetary. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Fine Gael should recognise its roots lie in the values and philosophy of 1916 and should be proud of its association with the Easter Rising, rugby pun(...)

Castlemartin, Co Kildare: a labour of love for Sir Anthony O’Reilly, restored at a cost of many millions from being semi-derelict in 1972.

In July 1983 Tony O’Reilly hosted Henry Kissinger, the American diplomat and former secretary of state to Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, in his belove(...)

Senator Marc MacSharry said Fianna Fáil would have to deal with ‘legacy issues’ in the banking inquiry . Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Fianna Fáil Senator whose appointment to the banking inquiry caused controversy has said his party will have “legacy issues” to deal with when the(...)

James Coughlan will leave Munster a year early to join French side Pau. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster backrow James Coughlan has confirmed that he will leave the province this summer and move abroad a year ahead of the end of his contract.Muns(...)

Munster Rugby CEO Garrett Fitzgerald. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Munster chief executive Garrett Fitzgerald said that they did not set out to appoint an all-Irish coaching team for next season but he is pleased that(...)