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    UK State Papers from 1984

    UK State Papers from 1984

    British State Papers for 1984 have revealed that former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher considered redrawing the border and there was even talk of a “walled ghetto” in West Belfast. It was also the year when former Taoiseach Garrret Fitzgerald offered to hold a referendum to remove the territorial claim on Northern Ireland, in return for an Irish role in policing the North. Hopes were raised of a political breakthrough on Northern Ireland but Mrs.Thatcher caused consternation here with her dismissal of three proposals put forward by the New Ireland Forum. Keelin spoke to John Bowman.


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