Selected under Acquisition Policy criterion 188.8.131.52 to document the development of UK diplomatic relations with the Republic of Ireland.
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Administrative / biographical background:
In 1972 a separate Republic of Ireland Department was established by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to handle all aspects of relations between the UK and Ireland in the light of the deteriorating security situation in Northern Ireland. Functions dealing with relations with Ireland were transferred to the new Department from the Western European Department.
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