APPARENTLY irreconcilable differences on a venue for 'Strand Two' (north-south) discussions at the outset of the Brooke political talks in 1991 threatened to derail the entire process, government files released in Belfast reveal.
CLAIMS that an 'inner circle' operated within the RUC and was involved in recent loyalist murders, including the killing of Pat Finucane, were raised by the Irish government at an Anglo-Irish conference in October 1991.
THE historic underfunding of Catholic schools in Northern Ireland, as revealed in a recent human rights report, was raised by the Republic's Foreign Affairs minister Gerry Collins with British ministers in 1991.
FORMER DUP leader Ian Paisley complained about alleged attempts by the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) to smear him in the media, including a suggestion that he could "eat himself to death on Kentucky Fried Chicken".
DISCUSSIONS of a proposal by the former senior Stormont civil servant and chairman of the Ulster Bank, Sir George Quigley, for "an all-island economy" are included among official files which have been disclosed.