Deputy leader of the Labour Party  Barry Desmond (right) with party leader  Dick Spring, in 1987. Mr Desmond, who represented Dún Laoghaire, recalls being denounced by priests from the altar. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

The late Fine Gael taoiseach Dr Garret FitzGerald was “ politically railroaded’’ by Fianna Fáil’s Charles Haughey into agreeing to the controversial 1(...)

 Peter Sutherland foretold in 1983 of unintended legal consequences, medical uncertainty and unpredictable Supreme Court rulings arising from the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Jack McManus

Peter Sutherland, whose funeral took place this week, was a central figure in the drama surrounding the introduction of the Eighth Amendment of the Co(...)

 Former attorney general and chairman of Golden Sachs, the late  Peter Sutherland.

The following is an edited version of one of the last interviews Peter Sutherland gave prior to his death. Attorney general, European commissioner, d(...)

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 (...)

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(...)

The library at the the Irish College in Paris, pictured in 2000. Photograph: Eric Luke

A row over sending 20 young Irish people on work experience to assist with the refurbishment of the Irish College in Paris spanned more than two years(...)

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(...)

Garret FitzGerald to Margaret Thatcher: “I very much hope our paths will cross again.” Photograph: Photocall

Garret FitzGerald and Charles Haughey each sent warm personal letters to Margaret Thatcher in 1987, praising her political skill and her commitment to(...)

 New minister for finance Ray MacSharry unveiling his budget on March 31st, 1987

When Charles Haughey took power in March 1987, having campaigned on the slogan that spending cuts hurt the poor, the old and the sick, he proceeded to(...)

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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