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State Papers – 1 December 30, 2015

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Some useful nuggets of information in amongst the release of papers today. And more to follow this week. RTÉ has a particularly handy round-up here. Irish Times here and here and here and here and here. And there’s more.

There’s some on the Guardian here and in various links on the same page.

Interesting pen picture of Thatcher and Gowrie on RTÉ:

After a weekend lunch with Mrs Thatcher in March 1985, Irish ambassador Noel Dorr met Lord Gowrie and afterwards wrote that “Gowrie thought that the Prime Minister was looking for an issue where she could achieve something and could possibly make it in Northern Ireland. She has no sense of history but she really does like the Taoiseach. She thinks him essentially ‘a good man’ and ‘goodness’ does matter greatly to her.”

Lord Gowrie was born in Ireland and Ambassador Dorr noted that Gowrie is sympathetic – within limits – and willing to offer advice. It would be wrong, however, to think that his sympathy is absolute or unconditional. He probably will be helpful. He remains however – not an Irish nationalist in disguise but an intellectual, British, Tory, cabinet minister with some interest in, and understanding of, Ireland.”

Any other links or one’s missed would be very welcome in comments.

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