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News from the archives: 1988

A selection of documents transferred to the National Archives in 2019 for release to the public under the 30 year rule.

Each year, the National Archives receives transfers of new files and other archives from government departments, agencies and court offices under the terms of the National Archives Act, 1986. The act allows for the release for public inspection and permanent preservation of records of state that are at least 30 years old. This year, files mainly relating to 1988 have been released. This work is one of the main functions of the National Archives and requires a large amount of organisation and preparation. The files are made available to members of the public on the first working day of the New Year, when they are officially 30 years old. Archivists working on the new accessions have chosen a number of interesting documents for scanning. The files have not been scanned in their entirety, but are available to researchers in the reading room of the National Archives, which is open Monday to Friday from 9.15 until 17.00. Please see Visit us for more information.

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A sketch of the Great Seal, used on the presidential seal.

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Letter from Poet Thomas Kinsella to Taoiseach Charles Haughey on the unrealistic financial conditions required for poets to qualify for the Aosdána cnuas stipend.

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Letter from President Erskine Childers to Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave, dated 22 May 1974 regarding the availability of public records for historical research. 

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Draft Memorandum for Government proposing the establishment of a Department of Arts and Culture. 

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Report on the nomination of Con Keogh for a Bravery Award for the act of recapturing an escaped lion at Monaghan Railway Station.

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Statement by bookshop owner William Figgis on a disturbance involving author Patrick Kavanagh.

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David Craig, acting director of the National Archives, on a proposal for a new National Archives building in Smithfield, Dublin 7.

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Draft message from Taoiseach Charles Haughey to the Passage West Sirius Commemoration Committee on the 150th anniversary of the first transatlantic voyage by a passenger steamer.

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Memorandum for Government on the proposed Data Protection Bill.

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A letter from British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to Taoiseach Charles Haughey on security co-operation.

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A meeting between Taoiseach Charles Haughey and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher held in Brussels, Belgium.

News from the archives: 1988

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