BRITISH government alarm at republicanism's increasingly successful use of the internet for 'propaganda' purposes and their belated attempts to combat this are detailed in previously confidential files released today in Belfast.
Dublin's foreign minister privately told the British home Secretary that the controversy surrounding the Birmingham Six and Guildford Four cases was "seriously affecting" the relationship between the two nations, state papers have revealed.
THE nervousness of the British Prime Minister John Major at the impact of troop reductions in Northern Ireland on Tory backbenchers in response to the ceasefires is disclosed in previously confidential files from 1995.
A PROPOSAL by a senior NIO official that the British monarch might mark the ending of violence in Northern Ireland after the 1994 ceasefires by sending a cordial message to President Mary Robinson on St Patrick's Day was rejected on grounds of unionist sensitivity.
BY the summer of 1986, in the wake of the Anglo-Irish Agreement, intimidation had reached serious proportions in Belfast, Portadown, Ballymena and other unionist towns, while other firms were being intimidated by the IRA for undertaking work for police and the British army.
THE RUC decision to withdraw its 'close protection service' for Irish officials working in the Anglo-Irish Joint Secretariat at Maryfield, near Belfast, sparked a major row between a senior Irish official and the NIO in 1995.