History of Ireland 1991 – 1999

1991

  • 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.

1992

  • January 20 – Peter Brooke offers to resign as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland following criticism of his singing on The Late Late Show only hours after an IRA bomb explodes.
  • January 30 – Charles Haughey resigns as leader of Fianna Fáil.
  • February 6 – Albert Reynolds is elected the fifth leader of Fianna Fáil.
  • February 11 – Charles Haughey resigns as Taoiseach. Albert Reynolds collects his seal of office as his successor.
  • February 18 – An Taoiseach, Albert Reynolds, discusses the situation with other party leaders as the High Court prevents a 14-year-old rape victim from going to Britain for an abortion.
  • February 26 – The Supreme Court lift the High Court ruling preventing a 14-year-old girl from going to Britain for an abortion.
  • April 13 – 250 years after the first performance of Handel‘s Messiah in Dublin, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields performs the oratario at the Point Theatre.
  • May 7 – Bishop Eamon Casey of Galway resigns following the revelation that he is the father of a teenage boy.
  • May 9 – Linda Martin wins the Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland.
  • May 31 – Christy O’Connor Jnr wins the British Masters golf tournament.
  • July 8 – President Robinson addresses both houses of the Oireachtas.
  • August 8 – Michael Carruth wins Ireland’s first gold medal in 36 years at the Olympic Games in Barcelona. Wayne McCullough wins a silver medal.
  • November 5 – The government loses a confidence motion and the Dáil is dissolved. Two former Taoisigh, Charles Haughey and Garret FitzGerald, announce their retirement from politics.

1993

1994

  • 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.

1995

  • 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.

1996

1997

1998

1999

  • 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.

 

 

www.lookaroundireland.com acknowledges that this article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License and expresses our gratitude for the use of the contents.

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS