Computers, March 1984

  • 29 February 1984
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In a matter of weeks, the latest Apple computer will become availlable here in Ireland. The Apple Macinntosh is a computing stable mate of the Apple Lisa using integrated softtware architecture. In simple terms, this means that the hardware and software development proceeded together to produce a machine which really was user-friendly and certainly did meet the exact requirements of the micro user.

The politics of pig slurry

  • 29 February 1984
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SHORTLY AFTER 9am ON SUNDAY 29 January, Dr Vera Lang drew back the curtain and looked out her back door window at the Abbey River which flows by the end of her garden. The normally sparkling river was a dirty grey colour, with a thick foam on top. She went quickly upstairs to tell Sean, her husband, and they went out to fill jam jars with water from the river.  By Mark Brennock

Fear in the valley

  • 29 February 1984
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LAST MAY This REPORter was shown a map by a man who lives in the valley between Carrick-on-Suir and Clonmel, The man detailed the number of deaths along the river valley by sudden heart attacks. He then pointed to an area in the hills above the valley and listed the names of those who had died from cancer since the Merck Sharp and Dohme facctory opened in Ballydine between Carrick and Clonmel. The incidence of cancer and sudden heart attacks seemed to this reporter to be incredibly high for such a short period. By Colm Toibin

Computers - Feb 1984

  • 31 January 1984
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The application of computers as means of performing banking transactions made considerable progress last month when three of the four main banks linked their automatic teller machines (ATMs) to a central network. The new system affords users of Bank of Ireland's P ASS machines, Ulster Bank's Service-tills, and Northern Bank's Autobank, the convenience of using the ATMs of all three banks, although they may have an account with just one.

Who made money in 1983?

1983 was not a good year for most of us. Employment was down, prices were up. PRSI payments jumped and private savings plummetted. Workers lucky enough to have jobs found their unions hamstrung by tightfisted managements and themselves humbly accepting smaller pay rises. Home ownership, once the security of the working class, turned into a bad joke as Ireland's property market collapsed. St Vincent de Paul, once the helping hand to society's neediest, began receiving its first requests for help with home mortgages, from the very people who used to contribute to the charity.

Business - Christmas 1983

IRELAND'S LARGEST restaurant, Blakes of Stillorgan, was opened on Tuesday night, November 22 1983, by the Right Honourable Mr Michael Keating TD, the Lord Mayor of Dublin. He presented a cheque to the Hon Mr Justice Niall McCarthy, Chairman of the National Association for the Deaf who accepted it on behalf of St Mary's School for the Deaf.

Computers for Christmas

Laura Nolan is three years old. Unlike most children of her age, one of the things Laura likes to do is to play with a computer. Her favourite programme is 'My First Alphabet' which, obviously enough, she has used to teach herself the alphabet.

Irish Life

  • 30 November 1983
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IT WAS HARD TO IMAGINE that you were in the same place. But there, just a mile, or maybe less, away from these events in the Mansion House on the same day, Sunday 13 November 1983, sat the congregation in St Patrick's Cathedral, all joined together to commemorate all those who were torn asunder in the First World War.

Business - November 10 1983

THE PARTNERSHIP is the name of Dublin's newest Public Relations Consultancy. It's run by Eamon Kelly who agrees that, even today, many people don't understand what public relations actually means.