Then Labour leader and tánaiste Dick Spring avoided the initial handshake with Gerry Adams on the steps of Government Buildings [on September 6th, 1994] because “it was not my scene”. Photograph: Joe St Leger

Amid the political crisis in Dublin in 1994 which saw the collapse of the Fianna Fáil-Labour coalition, tánaiste Dick Spring told the British ambassad(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams being applauded by delegates   after addressing the opening session of the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation at Dublin Castle in 1991. Photograph: Frank Miller

A decision by president Mary Robinson to meet Gerry Adams during a visit to west Belfast in 1993 was vehemently opposed by then Northern Ireland secre(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams reaches out for a supporter’s hand at a conference in New York in 1994. Photograph: Hai Do/AFP/Getty Images

Former UK prime minister John Major was so furious with Bill Clinton over the US government’s decision to grant Gerry Adams a travel visa in 1994, he (...)

Tánaiste John Wilson. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

An uncleared visit by an Irish government minister to Northern Ireland in 1992 angered British officials, according to previously confidential files r(...)

The president Mrs Mary Robinson with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace. Photograph: Eric Luke

A historic courtesy call by president Mary Robinson on Queen Elizabeth II features in this year’s declassified Stormont files, released by the Public (...)