News: Irish Meet Soviets For Secret Talks

17th December 1988: Sky News reported on the secret meeting between Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev and Irish Taoiseach Charles Haughey at Shannon in the Republic of Ireland.

The Irish had become increasingly concerned at the increasing violence across Britain and the heightening tensions in Ulster with the possible impact it could have on the Republic. Whilst the agenda was highly secret it soon became apparent that Haughey was looking for Soviet support should the Republic decide to intervene militarily in Northern Ireland should the situation worsen.

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