Dermot Nally

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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(...)

File photo from September 1994 of former priest Patrick Ryan whose extradition to the UK had been sought by Margaret Thatcher’s government. Photograph: Martin McCullough/PA Wire

A furious British prime minister Margaret Thatcher rounded on taoiseach Charles Haughey for delays in extraditing Fr Patrick Ryan – an Irish priest wa(...)

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(...)

Newly elected UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher on a visit to Girdwood barracks in Belfast, 1979

Former UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher complained at the height of the Troubles that the IRA saw the Republic as a safe haven and that the Garda w(...)

Unionist leaders the Rev Ian Paisley and James Molyneaux. They were described respectively as a “bigot” and “inconsiderable” by the Conservative Party’s Lord Hailsham. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

During the negotiations which led to the historic Anglo-Irish Agreement signed by Garret FitzGerald and Margaret Thatcher at Hillsborough in November (...)

Secretary to the government Dermot Nally wrote  to say it was the view of the taoiseach’s department that because of the ‘highly sensitive nature of the issues involved’, other departments should be consulted on a ‘limited and confidential basis’.  Photograph: Paddy Whelan

References in the State’s wartime emergency plan about the security situation in Northern Ireland were deleted at the request of the department of the(...)

Fianna Fáil Rory O’Hanlon, Progressive Democrat TD Geraldine Kennedy and Paddy O’Hanlon, founding member of the Social Democratic and Labour Party, at an SDLP conference in Newcastle, Co Down, in  1987. Photograph: Jack McManus

A Dáil question from newly elected Progressive Democrat TD Geraldine Kennedy asking about the membership and functions of the cabinet committee in Nor(...)

Gardaí restrain protesters outside Cavan District Court against the rearrest for extradition of Maze prison escapee Anthony Kane in November 1987. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Apart from the running catalogue of terrorist and related events in Northern Ireland, the single most contentious issue in Anglo-Irish relations for (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Charles Haughey waves to supporters outside Leinster House after his election as taoiseach in 1987. Photograph: Jack Mc Manus

When Charles Haughey replaced Garret FitzGerald as taoiseach in March 1987 there were fears the Anglo Irish Agreement might collapse and the governmen(...)

Northern secretary Tom King (left) with minister for foreign affairs Brian Lenihan in Dublin in September 1987. Irish officials reckoned King had “moved a considerable distance” since his “appallingly bad” start. Photograph: Kevin McMahon

1987 was an election year in both the Republic and in Britain: Charles Haughey returned to the Taoiseach’s office in March and Margaret Thatcher forme(...)

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