The final report of the new Ireland Forum is published
Three options are offered for Northern Ireland: a unitary state; a federal arrangement; and a joint authority solution. The report also rejects the use of violence to achieve political change in Northern Ireland.
The Grand Hotel in Brighton bombed
A bomb planted by the Provisional IRA in the Grand Hotel explodes on the last day of the Conservative Party Conference. Five people are killed and many others wounded.
Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald meets Margaret Thatcher
The meeting takes place at Chequers to discuss the potential consequences for constitutional politics in the event of the rise in support for Sinn Fein. At a press conference later that day, Margaret Thatcher rejects the proposals of the New Ireland Forum in her famous R
Nine RUC officers killed in a mortar attack on Newry police station
Rioting in Portadown as Orange marches are re-routed
The Anglo-Irish Agreement signed
The agreement is signed by Garret Fitzgerald and Margaret Thatcher at Hillsborough Castle. The Agreement introduces an Intergovernmental Conference headed by the Secretary of State and the Irish Foreign Minister, which will meet regularly to promote cross-border cooperation
An Air India plane crashes into the sea 80 miles off the Irish coast
A bomb exploded on board. All 329 passengers and crew are killed.
Pat Finucane, a solicitor who had represented a number of Republicans, is hot in his home by members of the Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF). Rumours of collusion between Loyalists and security forces follow.
IRA bomb Deal army barracks in Kent
Ten members of the Royal Marines band are killed in an attack on the Deal army barracks.
The Guilford Four are released by the Court of Appeal
The Guilford Four are released on appeal having spent 14 years in prison wrongly convicted of the Birmingham pub bombings