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Jan 3, 2011
*I am posting this in the History forum because in the future, when cyber archaeologists are researching 2016, it will be the most relevant*

This is the Sixth Year I have made this thread.
For 2015: http://www.politics.ie/forum/history/244118-reeling-year-2015-a.html
For 2014: Reeling in the Year - 2014
For 2013: Reeling in the Year - 2013
For 2012: Reeling in the Year - 2012.
For 2011: Reeling in the year - 2011. What a year!

Again, I ask you all to share your most memorable moments from both home and abroad.

At Home:
05 JANUARY - A series of winter storms over the Christmas and New Year period left vast swathes of the country under water, and the Government under severe pressure, amid claims that its response to the flooding emergency was slow. The Cabinet agrees to provide €10m in additional funding for local authorities to cover the cost of clean-up.
11 JANUARY - DUP leader Arlene Foster becomes the first woman to lead Northern Ireland's power-sharing Stormont Executive after her election as first minister.
27 JANUARY - The Banking Inquiry publishes its final report. It finds that senior executives and directors across financial institutions were responsible for the failure of banks during the financial crisis. State support for the banking sector to address the crisis was around €63bn.
3 FEBRUARY – Taoiseach Enda Kenny dissolves the 31st Dáil and announces 26 February as the date of a general election.
05 FEBRUARY - Gunmen wearing police-style uniforms and metal helmets storm the Regency Hotel on the Swords Road in Dublin. David Byrne from Crumlin, who was known to gardaí, is shot and killed during a weigh-in for a WBO European Lightweight title fight. Two others are injured. This action leads to an escalation of tit-for-tat killings between two Dublin crime families.
26 FEBRUARY - The 2016 general election takes place.
20 MARCH - Tragedy strikes when five members of a family lose their lives as their vehicle goes off a pier in Co Donegal. Sean McGrotty, 49, his sons Mark, 12, and Evan, 8, his mother-in-law Ruth Daniels, 59, and Ms Daniels' daughter Jodie Lee Daniels, 14, die in the accident in Buncrana.
27 MARCH - Two days of commemorations get under way to mark the Centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Tens of thousands of people turn out in Dublin on Easter Sunday for the official State commemorations - the largest public spectacle in the history of the State.
24 APRIL - The 2016 Census is conducted with 1.8 million forms delivered to homes across the country. Preliminary results in July show the population has increased by 3.7% since the last Census in 2011.
29 APRIL - More than eight weeks after the last TD was elected to the Dáil and almost 11 weeks since the General Election, talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil end with agreement on the shape of a Fine Gael-led minority government.
06 MAY - Enda Kenny is elected Taoiseach, with 59 votes in favour and 49 votes against, in the fourth Dáil vote since the General Election. Mr Kenny is the first Fine Gael leader to see two consecutive terms in government.
22 JUNE - Rory McIlroy announces he will not take part in the Rio Olympics due to fears over the Zika virus. He is one of several high-profile golfers who pull out of the Olympics in Brazil. Shane Lowry also rules himself out of the Games on 28 June over Zika concerns.
13 JULY - Legislation to allow for the suspension of water charges for nine months passes the final stage in the Dáil. The suspension of the charges is part of the Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil facilitation deal.
08 AUGUST - The Italian Coast Guard says some 6,500 migrants are rescued off the Libyan coast. 617 of these are rescued by the LÉ James Joyce.
17 AUGUST - The Olympic Council of Ireland becomes mired in a ticketing scandal, with its President Pat Hickey temporarily stepping down from his position after being arrested as part of an investigation into alleged illegal ticket sales.
24 AUGUST - Robbie Keane announces he will end his international football career in a friendly against Oman. Keane is Ireland's record goalscorer with a remarkable 67 goals in 145 caps - also a record.
31 AUGUST - The townland of Barconey outside Ballyjamesduff in Co Cavan is devastated when a family of five die in a murder-suicide. Alan and Clodagh Hawe and their sons Liam, 13, Niall, 11, and six-year-old Ryan die in the tragedy. Gardaí believe Mr Hawe killed his wife and children in their home before taking his own life.
08 SEPTEMBER - A series of strikes by Dublin Bus begins which sees thousands of commuters seeking alternative transportation and the company being fined €200,000 a day due to the action. The planned industrial action is suspended on 29 September pending a ballot of staff on a deal that will see workers getting pay rises totalling 11.25% over three years.
11 OCTOBER - The Government presents Budget 2017, with Taoiseach Enda Kenny saying it was based on "prudent management".
02 NOVEMBER - The number of homeless families in Dublin surpasses 1,000 for first time, according to the latest figures released by the Department of Housing.
03 NOVEMBER - The Garda Representative Association and the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors call off the following day's planned strike action to consider a Labour Court recommendation on improved pay and conditions. Both vote to accept the recommendation in December.
08 DECEMBER - Austin Stack, the son of IRA murder victim Brian Stack, confronts Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, calling him a "disgrace" at a press conference. Mr Adams says he has kept all his commitments to the Stack family, and that he has no information on the former prison officer's death in the 1980s.

January 16 – The International Atomic Energy Agency announces that Iran has adequately dismantled its nuclear weapons program, allowing the United Nations to lift sanctions immediately.
January 28 – The World Health Organisation announces an outbreak of the Zika virus.
February 7 – North Korea launches a long-range rocket into space, violating multiple UN treaties and prompting condemnation from around the world.
March 22 – Three coordinated bombings in Brussels, Belgium kill at least 32 and injure at least 250. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claims responsibility for the attacks.
March 24 – Ex-Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić is sentenced to 40 years in prison after being found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity committed during the Bosnian War.
April 2 – Clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani military in Nagorno-Karabakh kill at least 193 people, which becomes the heaviest breach of the 1994 ceasefire.
May 19 – EgyptAir Flight 804 crashes with 66 people on board over the Mediterranean en route from Paris to Cairo. Traces of explosives are later identified by Egyptian authorities.
June 23 – The United Kingdom votes in a referendum to leave the European Union.
June 28 – ISIL claims responsibility for attacking Atatürk Airport in Istanbul, killing 45 and injuring around 230.
July 14 - A 19 tonne cargo truck was deliberately driven into crowds celebrating Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, resulting in the deaths of 86 people.
July 15 - A coup d'état was attempted in Turkey against state institutions, including, but not limited to the government and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The attempt was carried out by a faction within the Turkish Armed Forces that organized themselves as the Peace at Home Council. They attempted to seize control of several key places in Ankara, Istanbul, and elsewhere, but failed to do so after forces loyal to the state defeated them. The Council cited an alleged erosion of secularism, the elimination of democratic rule, a disregard for human rights, and Turkey's loss of credibility in the international arena as reasons for the coup.
July 22 – The final videocassette recorder is manufactured by the Japanese company Funai.
July 26 - Two Islamist terrorists attacked participants in a Mass at a Catholic church in Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy, northern France. Wielding knives and wearing fake explosive belts, the men took six people captive and later killed one of them, 85-year-old priest Jacques Hamel, by slitting his throat and also critically wounded an 86-year-old man.
August 5–21 – The 2016 Summer Olympics are held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ireland claims two silver medals from the Olympics.
September 3 – The US and China, together responsible for 40% of the world's carbon emissions, both ratify the Paris global climate agreement.
September 28 – International investigators conclude that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by a Buk missile that came from an area controlled by pro-Russian rebels.
November 08 - Donald Trump is elected President of the United States.
November 15 - The Syrian government launches an offensive against rebels in the city of Aleppo. The battle rages for several weeks and ended as a decisive victory for the Assad regime backed by Russia. Aleppo is left in ruins and the offensive has been described as a pivotal turning point in the civil war.
December 19 – Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, is assassinated in Ankara.
December 19 - Islamic State claims responsibility for the Christmas Market Attack in Berlin where A Tunisian refugee, Anis Amri hijacked a truck and ploughed through market stalls. 12 are killed.

Christy O'Connor Jnr Patrick Connolly P. J. Mara Terry Wogan Frank Kelly Adrian Hardiman Andrew Sachs
David Bowie Alan Rickman Boutros Boutros-Ghali Harper Lee Nancy Reagan George Kennedy Johan Cruyff Prince Muhammad Ali Gene Wilder Shimon Peres Bhumibol Adulyadej Leonard Cohen Fidel Castro John Glenn

Rus's take on the year:
For me, 2016 will live long in the memory for reasons overseas. A shift to the populous right has seen Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. The rise of Islamic inspired attacks throughout Europe is becoming an ever more increasing occurrence and everyday reality. This may have profound consequences for 2017 with key elections in Germany and elsewhere.


Spanner Island

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Feb 22, 2011
In so many ways 2016 has sucked ass...

I hope to God 2017 is an improvement... although sadly I'm not optimistic about that currently.

2016... go f*** yourself you miserable git.


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May 17, 2013
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Brexit, Trump, Italy ... Three huge thunderclaps. A real turning-point. In each case whole populations went against the narrative dictated to them by establishment and mainstream media.
But one big let-down in this pattern, where establishment media did distort a campaign and largely get their way:
the Irish general election in February, which went a long way toward reinstating the FF-FG duopoly.


Jul 5, 2008
Domestic standout is the hung Dail and the weeks it too to form a government. Brexit and Trump dominate with a worthy mention to Turkey.

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And don't forget overrated pop singer, BOB DYLAN
won the Nobel prize for literature. :roll:

These awards have now officially lost their meaning entirely.
Oct 8, 2011
Jeez, way to to make on OP.

Serious respect for that.

Socratus O' Pericles

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Oct 12, 2009
Good man ru, look forward to it every year, thanks. It's hard to see past Trump & Brexit internationally.

Nationally what about dem Dubs.


Jul 5, 2008
You know I realised quite recently, that I can no longer remember what year something happened. Just today, I was chatting to an old friend and remarked "That would have been around the time X died, a couple of years ago or so." He said "It was 1987. And X died in 2004."

You know, one thing I do find is that life is just life. Its here today and gone tomorrow and all of us dont really understand or remember correctly anything that happened to us anyway. We get over it quite quickly. Thats a really comforting thought, if I can remember to remember it. :D

Merry Xmas all.


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Sep 28, 2009
'Reely' shows how Ireland is in the middle of bumf^%k nowhere.


There's a few more to add to that list too...

Victoria Wood, Caroline Aherne, Glenn Frey, Harper Lee, Frank Kelly, Paul Daniels, Ronnie Corbett, David Gest, Pete Burns, Lemmy etc. and more...
Indeed....although Harper Lee is on the list.

Ramon Mercadar

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May 31, 2006
2016 summary.



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Dec 7, 2015
You know I realised quite recently, that I can no longer remember what year something happened. Just today, I was chatting to an old friend and remarked "That would have been around the time X died, a couple of years ago or so." He said "It was 1987. And X died in 2004."

You know, one thing I do find is that life is just life. Its here today and gone tomorrow and all of us dont really understand or remember correctly anything that happened to us anyway. We get over it quite quickly. Thats a really comforting thought, if I can remember to remember it. :D

Merry Xmas all.
Its all right comrade, Rots has copious files on all the suspects down here on the Estate...:rolleyes: lol

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