Tom King

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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(...)

IRA weapons pictured in 2001 after being recovered by security forces. Photograph: PA

The IRA was costing up to £3 million a year to run during the 1980s, according to newly declassified security briefings. The then RUC chief constable(...)

The eight-man IRA unit killed in a shoot-out with soldiers following the bombing of the Loughgall RUC station. Clockwise from top left: Gerard O’Callaghan, Antony Gormley, James Lynagh, Eugene Kelly, Declan Arthurs, Patrick McKerney, Seamus Donnelly and Patrick Kelly. Photograph: PA

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams was rumoured to have set up a notorious IRA gang for ambush by the SAS as they tried to blow up a police station in Ma(...)

 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(...)

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