Rioters turn a burning lorry into a barricade in the Divis Flats area of Belfast in May 1981 as violence erupted following the death of Irish Republican Army hunger striker Bobby Sands. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

The Irish government’s desire to see the demolition of the high-rise Divis Flats in west Belfast “to reduce the influence of Sinn Féin” is highlighted(...)

Northern secretary Tom King: the meeting was eventually held in his London office. Photograph: Kevin McMahon

The Irish government sought to avoid having an Anglo-Irish meeting held in London because it perceived the city as “the old imperial capital”, a Briti(...)

Minister for foreign affairs Peter Barry alleged that “members of the minority community had been left unprotected”. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

A decision by police in the North to allow an Orange parade to pass along the Garvaghy Road in Portadown on July 12th, 1986, brought Anglo-Irish rela(...)

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

The government conceded in an internal memorandum in 1984 that a finding against it under European law in the David Norris case “seems unavoidable”, (...)

Seán Donlon, Irish ambassador to the US during US president Ronald Reagan’s visit to Ireland in 1984. Photograph: Frank Miller

The opposition in Ireland to US president Ronald Reagan’s visit in 1984 made little impact in the White House, documents from the Department of Foreig(...)

At the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1985: Peter Barry, Dick Spring, Garret FitzGerald, Margaret Thatcher, Geoffrey Howe and Tom King

Declassified state papers released today reveal mixed and even negative feelings towards the impending Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1985 on the part of t(...)

Fine Gael’s Deirdre Clune campaigning for the European election in Kilkenny yesterday with former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave made a rare public appearance yesterday to campaign for Fine Gael European election candidate Senator Deirdre Clune. Ms(...)

President Michael D Higgins said it was an honour to  become a Freeman of a city of writers, poets, sports stars, patriots and composers. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins today recalled Cork’s great contributions to Irish politics, sport and culture over the past 100 years as he spoke (...)

Deirdre Clune: Yesterday’s “Irish Examiner” front page featured a large advert for Ms Clune’s campaign. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fine Gael European Parliament candidate Simon Harris has called for stricter spending limits in campaigns to prevent ca(...)

John Hume and Séamus Mallon at the New Ireland Forum in 1983. Photograph: Pat Langan

The SDLP leader in 1984 John Hume resisted pressure from the British Government at that time to abandon his search for an all-Ireland solution in favo(...)