Taoiseach Charles Haughey, right, with artist Pat Liddy  and US ambassador Margaret Heckler in 1988. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

As evidenced by the diplomatic cables from Ireland to the US state department in 1989, obtained by Gavin Sheridan under the US Freedom of Information (...)

Mikhail  Gorbachev and Charles Haughey after their  meeting  at Shannon airport. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

The charismatic Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev stopped over at Shannon on April 2nd, 1989, on his way to Cuba, for a meeting with then taoiseach Char(...)