23/12/2014 National Archives prepare for release of 1984 State papers – Minister Humphreys

Papers feature files on famous meetings between Fitzgerald and Thatcher

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Tuesday) said that the National Archives of Ireland (NAI) is making final preparations for the release of the 1984 State papers and records, which feature files relating to the famous November 1984 meetings between then Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald and the British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Minister Heather Humphreys said:

“Our archives are an invaluable resource.  They are the authoritative witness to past events and they frequently give us an insight into events which shaped this country’s history. The work the National Archives does each year, in ensuring public access to our 30 year old records, enriches our knowledge of Irish history and society and sheds new light on past events.

“As in previous years, there is a significant focus in the 1984 papers on files relating to Northern Ireland, and we will be provided with a fascinating snapshot of the famous November 1984 meetings between Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, which laid the groundwork for the signing of the Anglo Irish Agreement.

“The annual release of records is a cornerstone in Ireland’s democratic process and supports accountability and transparency across the public sector. I very much look forward to this year’s releases and recalling the events of 1984.”

John McDonough, Director of the National Archives, said:

“Whilst most organisations view the end of the year as a time to wind down and take stock of the previous 12 months, the end of the year is one of the busiest times here at the National Archives, as we look back through time and prepare for the annual release of State papers and records.

“Each December, staff at the NAI undertake a programme of work to prepare records for public release in early January.  The release of such records is an opportunity for journalists, historians and the general public to visit or revisit events 30 years ago and to engage with the primary sources from the various departments and agencies which reflect the decision making and decision makers of the time.”



Notes to Editors:

Further information about the role and work of the NAI is available at: www.nationalarchives.ie

The full list of the files for public release will be available in hard copy in the Reading Room of the National Archives on 2 January 2015 and on the NAI website in the New Year.

Records to be released include:

Office of the Attorney General:

Subject and Parliamentary Counsel files


Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht:

Department of the Gaeltacht: Irish Language Policy

Department of the Gaeltacht: Islands Division

Placenames Branch: administrative files


Department of Foreign Affairs:

Central Registry files

Secretary General’s Office files

Embassy and Permanent Mission files


Department of Justice and Equality:

Diversity & Equality Law Division

Criminal Law Reform Division


Office of Secretary to the President:

Central registry files


Department of Social Protection

Registered files, several series


Department of Transport:

Aviation Division, registered files

Airports Division, registered files


Department of the Taoiseach:

Central registry files

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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