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A purge of senior gardaí by Eamon de Valera’s government in 1941 prompted an impassioned plea for justice from Eamonn (Ned) Coogan, father of the writ(...)

 Minister for foreign affairs  Peter Barry:  said there was every possibility the launches could be used in the war effort. Photograph: Jack McManus

A proposal that the government should support the production of high-speed launches in Ireland for the Iranian navy in 1986 was given cautious encour(...)

 Ally chairwoman  Gemma Rowley and minister of state for women’s affairs Nuala Fennell at the launch  of the Reach Out campaign in 1985. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea

Employers submitted to the department of labour that the operation of the Maternity Protection of Employees Act had posed “constraints” on the effici(...)

Former taoiseach Dr Garret FitzGerald presented a progress report on the issue. Photograph: Frank Miller

Government departments were at odds over which agency should be responsible for overseeing new anti-sex discrimination legislation being drafted in 19(...)

Shelton Abbey prison, Co Wicklow: The Assumption of Our Lady was found there by German artist Günther Reindhl who was in the prison for receiving stolen goods. Photograph: Joe St Leger

A painting by 16th century Italian artist Girolamo Muziano was rediscovered by an imprisoned art restorer at Shelton Abbey, according to documents rel(...)

Garret FitzGerald: attended the Bilderberg conference in 1985 and 1986. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

A parliamentary question tabled about taoiseach Garret FitzGerald’s attendance at the Bilderberg conference in Scotland in 1986 was ruled out of order(...)

 John Rogers, attorney general in 1986, argued the AG was ‘better able to identify persons who have qualities appropriate to holding judicial office’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The attorney general in 1986 believed the appointment of judges should “in the first instance” be a matter for his office, according to a file from th(...)

Former minister for education Patrick Cooney.

The minister for education wanted to know whether he could legally dock the entirety of teachers’ wages if they went on strike for three days a week,(...)

The latest release of state papers under the 30-year rule contains a raft of fascinating information, from the high politics of the exchanges between (...)

Members of the Loreto order outside the convent on St Stephen’s Green as the bodies of the fire victims were being removed. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

The OPW considered suing the Loreto Order after a fire killed six nuns at a convent in Dublin city centre. On June 2nd, 1986,a fire broke out at the (...)

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