1991 – 1999


History of Ireland 1991 - 1999


  • January 1 - Limerick City celebrates 300 years of the Treaty of Limerick.
  • January 6 - The Irish Government and the EC Commission meet in Dublin to officially launch the Irish EC Presidency.
  • January 17 - There controversy as the government allows US war planes to refuel at Shannon Airport.
  • January 24 - The new Government Buildings in the renovated College of Science are officiall opened.
  • March 14 - After spending 16 years in prison the Birmingham Six are freed.
  • March 16 - Dublin is officially inaugurated as the European City of Culture.
  • November 6 - Kildare TD Seán Power proposes a no-confidence motion in Charles Haughey's leadership.
  • November 7 - The Minister for Finance, Albert Reynolds, is sacked from the government over his intention to support the no-confidence motion.
  • November 13 - Jim McDaid, the new Defence Minister, resigns following criticism from the opposition over his attendence at an IRA funeral.




  • April 14 - The Central Bank issues the new £5 note.
  • April 30 - Ireland wins the 39th Eurovision Song Contest with the song Rock 'n' Roll Kids.
  • May 26 - Jack Charlton is awarded the freedom of Dublin City.
  • June 6 - Irish D-Day veterans join Allied leaders at a 50th commemerative ceremony on Omaha Beach.
  • July 26 - The Minister for Education, Niamh Bhreathnach, pledges the introduction of free third-level education for everyone over the next three years.
  • August 31 - The IRA announce a complete cessation of military operations.
  • September 6 - An TaoiseachAlbert Reynolds, John Hume and Gerry Adams hold an historic meeting at Government Buildings. All three pledge their commitment to the democratic idea.
  • September 30 - An TaoiseachAlbert Reynolds and members of the government wait at Shannon Airport to greet President Boris Yeltsin. He fails to leave the aircraft to meet them.
  • October 13 - Loyalist paramilitary groups announce a ceasefire six weeks after the IRA.
  • October 28 - The inaugural session of the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation takes place in St. Patricks Hall, Dublin Castle.
  • November 16 - The Fianna Fáil-Labour coalition collapses.
  • November 17 - Albert Reynolds tenders his resignation as Taoiseach. However, the Dáil is not sissolved.
  • November 19 - Bertie Ahern is elected leader of Fianna Fáil.


  • January 27 - An Taoiseach, John Bruton, and Gerry Adams hold their first formal discussions.
  • February 2 - President Mary Robinson addresses a joint session of the Houses of the Oireachtas.
  • February 15 - English soccer hooligans riot at Lansdowne Road during a friendly between the Republic of Ireland and England. The match is abandoned.
  • February 22 - The BritishPrime Minister, John Major, and the IrishTaoiseach, John Bruton, launch the framework document regarding Northern Ireland.
  • March 19 - Dublin boxer Stephen Collins beats world champion Chris Eubank to win the WBO super middleweight championship title.
  • May 25 - The last edition of The Irish Press is published.
  • May 31 - Prince Charles begins his first official visit to Dublin.
  • June 4 - Ireland qualifies for the quarter finals of the Rugby World Cup.
  • September 9 - David Trimble becomes leader of the Ulster Unionist Party.
  • September 13 - The Cabinet agrees the wording of the Constitutional Amendment on divorce.
  • October 5 - Séamus Heaney is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
  • November 1 - Fianna FáilTDBrian Lenihan dies aged 64.
  • November 11 - Neil Blaney, the longest serving member in the Dáil, is buried on the Fanad Penninsula.
  • November 21 - South Africa's deputy-President, FW de Klerk, addresses the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation at Dublin Castle.
  • November 26 - A recount in the Divorce Referendum reveals that a majority of the electorate has voted in favour of divorce.
  • November 30 - American President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary spend the day in Northern Ireland.
  • December 1 - 80,000 cheer President Bill Clinton at College Green in Dublin. Afterwards he attends a state dinner at Dublin Castle.
  • December 12 - Plans for a £200 million light rail transit system in Dublin are announced. The Luas will connect the city centre with Tallaght, Dundrum and Ballymun.
  • December 21 - Jack Charlton retires as manager of the Republic of Ireland soccer team.





  • January 4 - The Euro amkes its debut on European financial markets.
  • May 21 - Gay Byrne hosts his last Late Late Show after 37 years.
  • May 22 - The electorate of the entire island of Ireland go to the polls to vote on the Good Friday Agreement.
  • May 23 - People North and South give their overwhelming support to the Good Friday Agreement.
  • August 11 - Ireland joins the world and watches the last solar eclipse of the millennium.
  • August 28 - 80,000 fans see the Robbie Williams concert at Slane Castle, County Meath.
  • October 12 - Peter Mandelson arrives in Belfast as the new Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
  • October 20 - President McAleese leads tributes to the former TaoiseachJack Lynch who died this morning aged 82.
  • November 29 - Ten designated ministers are appointed to the Northern Ireland Assembley.
  • December 2 - The Irish Government ratifies changes to Articles 2 and 3 of the Constitution.
  • December 13 - The first meeting of the North-South Ministerial Council takes place in Armagh.
  • December 31 - The last sunset of the millennium occurs at 4.41 pm at Dursey Head in west Cork.



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