Charles Haughey

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Prime minister of Canada Justin Trudeau with his present from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, whose  department spent €6,649.17 on VIP gifts  in the 11-and-a-half months to mid-December 2018. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Charles Haughey famously gave Margaret Thatcher a teapot, Enda Kenny liked to hand out books of poems but for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar sporting parapher(...)

Then-taoiseach Charles Haughey on the steps of No 10 Downing Street in London with then British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in 1980. File photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

Brexit may have provoked some tension between the Irish and British governments but documents released by the National Archives under the 30-year rule(...)

‘Eksund’ captain Adrian Hopkins, claimed after his arrest that the arms on board the vessel “were actually loaded in Libya”.

An Irish diplomat who went to Tripoli in the wake of the discovery of a huge arsenal of Libyan arms destined for the IRA was met with claims that Irel(...)

Taoiseach Charles Haughey welcoming French president Francois Mitterrand at Dublin Airport in February 1988.

Charles Haughey demanded a personal visit by François Mitterrand to his north Dublin mansion be included in the itinerary only three days before the F(...)

Margaret Thatcher published her memoirs in 1993, whereas Haughey (pictured with the former British prime minister in May 1980) never wrote his. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

That the official records from the Department of the Taoiseach and of Foreign Affairs for 1988 are becoming available only now after 30 years leaves t(...)

 Ian Paisley and  James Molyneaux in Derry: Molyneaux, a diffident and taciturn figure, was ultimately not able or not willing to hold a direct meeting with Haughey. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Taoiseach Charles Haughey made repeated efforts to set up a meeting with the unionist leader James Molyneaux during 1988 without success. The two mai(...)

The Birmingham Six after their release in London in 1991, with Chris Mullin (centre, with scarf) outside the Old Bailey. File photograph: Joe St Leger

A request by taoiseach Charles Haughey in 1988 for clemency for the Birmingham Six was rebuffed immediately by British prime minister Margaret Thatche(...)

The close collaboration between Charles Haughey (left) and financier Dermot Desmond (right) in marketing the IFSC is disclosed in Department of the Taoiseach documents released under the 30-year rule.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Charles Haughey insisted suggestions made by financier Dermot Desmond be included in his written responses for a major 1988 interview he gave as taois(...)

Mairéad Farrell: one of the three members of an IRA active service unit, shot dead by the SAS in Gibraltar. Photograph: Pacemaker

The Irish government secretly reassured the British government in 1988 it would not take a case to the European Court of Human Rights challenging the (...)

Margaret Thatcher  visiting the site of the Lockerbie bombing in 1988, a year in which security concerns dominated her dealings with the Irish government.  Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Throughout 1988 Anglo-Irish relations seemed vulnerable to a surprise ambush. Taoiseach Charles Haughey and British prime minister Margaret Thatcher w(...)

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