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 Son Heung-min was the hat-trick hero as Tottenham Hotspur thrashed Millwall 6-0 at White Hart Lane. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters

Tottenham Hotspur 6 Millwall 0 It was tempting to say that when Vincent Janssen scores, the visiting team know they have problems. Those of Millwall,(...)

British prime minister Margaret Thatcher flanked by Geoffrey Howe and Tom King wave goodbye after the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement in Hillsborough, Co Down, in May 1985. Photograph: Pat Langan

A snub to a direct rule minister over a UDR regimental dinner in the wake of the Anglo-Irish Agreement provoked the ire of the Northern Ireland secre(...)

British Cabinet secretary Sir Robert Armstrong in 1986.

In any assessment of the historic importance of the Anglo-Irish Agreement, the Irish diplomats who had delivered it in November 1985 paid special atte(...)

Northern Ireland’s former First Minister Peter Robinson was plotting to declare an independent state. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Northern Ireland’s former First Minister Peter Robinson was plotting to declare an independent state amid a feared bloodbath in the aftermath of the (...)

Peter Barry, left, then minister for foreign affairs, with Tom King, then Northern Ireland secretary, in Iveagh House, Dublin, 1986. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

Margaret Thatcher was complicated about Ireland. This was scarcely surprising. So many of her associations with Ireland had been negative: her falling(...)

One of  many heavy machine guns that were in the hands of the IRA and were recovered by Northern Ireland  security forces. File photograph:   Paul Faith/PA Photo

Many people in Catholic west Belfast had become alienated from “normal civilised behaviour” in the late 1980s, Northern Ireland’s most senior civil se(...)

Margaret Thatcher complained that the “behaviour of the Irish authorities in the Ryan case sapped confidence in their willingness to combat terrorism in the spirit of the Anglo-Irish Agreement and made that Agreement appear to many as a hollow sham.” Photograph: PA Wire

The Irish authorities’ “total inability to act in a timely fashion” when it came to handing over to the UK those allegedly involved in terrorist activ(...)

 US Congressman Joe Kennedy on a visit to Northern Ireland in April 1988. Photograph: Pacemaker

The controversial visit of United States congressman Joe Kennedy to Northern Ireland in 1988 is detailed in previously confidential files released tod(...)

Former Minister for Justice Gerry Collins and former Minister for Foreign Affairs Brian Lenihan at the opening of the Fianna Fail Ard-Fheis in the RDS, Dublin in 1984. Photograph: Tom Lawlor/The Irish Times

In recently released State Papers former Minister for Foreign Affairs Brian Lenihan described the period after the 1987 Poppy Day bombing in Enniskill(...)

The tánaiste in 1985, Dick Spring: “Let us be very clear – we will co-operate but we will not accept inferences that we are not doing enough.” Photograph: Tom Lawlor/The Irish Times

Then tánaiste Dick Spring insisted Ireland would not accept the State was not doing enough to ensure security around the Border during a meeting with(...)

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