1988 State Papers show Haughey-Thatcher relations soured over IRA

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In a year marred by violence, the relationship between Taoiseach Charlie Haughey and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher sank to a new low in 1988, just three years after the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement.

The confidential State Papers show the pair held a meeting on the fringes of the European Council meeting in Brussels in February 1988.

On the issue of security co-operation, Mr Haughey outlined that after the seizure of IRA arms shipments from Libya, such as the interception of the Eksund vessel off the coast of France in late 1987, over 50,000 homes in Ireland were searched.

He said that a number of IRA arms bunkers had been found.

-Noah Harte