Reeling In The Years recalls the hits and the headlines of 2016, when Ireland went to the polls in a general election - watch here.
The results delivered no clear path to power for any party or coalition: it took 70 days to form a government. Fianna Fail agreed a deal to allow Fine Gael form a minority government: as last-minute negotiations brought crucial support from independents, Enda Kenny became the first Fine Gael leader to be returned as Taoiseach.
In soccer, both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland went to the Euro 2016 championship finals. For Northern Ireland, a 2-0 victory over Ukraine in the group stages was the highlight. The Republic's best moment came when Robbie Brady’s goal delivered a 1-0 victory over Italy. The Republic lost 2-1 to France in the second round: Portugal were overall championship winners.
In Dublin, gunmen wearing police-style uniforms shot and killed a man at a boxing promotion event: the murder escalated an ongoing feud between two Dublin drugs gangs. The Hutch-Kinahan feud claimed the lives of 11 people during the year. Several innocent people were among the victims.
23 June was polling day in the UK’s Brexit referendum on membership of the EU. The vote was 52% Leave, 48% Remain. Prime Minister David Cameron resigned the day after the referendum. Theresa May, who herself had voted Remain, replaced him in office.
2016 was a year of commemoration. One hundred years after the Battle of the Somme in World War One, Dublin's National War Memorial Gardens hosted a remembrance event for the Irish soldiers who died fighting for Britain.
The GPO on Easter Sunday was the focus for a large-scale state commemoration of the centenary of the 1916 Rising: hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets of Dublin for the ceremony and the parade.
Ireland’s participation in the Rio Olympics was initially overshadowed by allegations and controversy about ticketing for the Games. In the sporting events themselves, Skibbereen brothers Gary and Paul O’Donovan followed their plan to 'pull like a dog’ by took silver in the men’s rowing double sculls.
Dubliner Annalise Murphy also brought home a silver medal in sailing. Ireland’s Paralympians celebrated 11 medal successes, including 4 golds.
Dublin’s ‘Apollo House’ protest highlighted the chronic problems of homelessness, as campaigners occupied a vacant office block to provide accommodation for rough sleepers. There were also public protests against Direct Provision, as the system entered its 17th year of operation.
In June, Joe Biden came to Ireland on a six-day visit. A descendant of Famine emigrants, the US vice-president traced family links in Co. Mayo and Co. Louth.
In America’s 2016 election, a billionaire businessman defied the odds to become the Republican Party nominee for president: Donald Trump promised to ‘Make America Great Again’. The Democratic Party nominee, Hillary Clinton, was a experienced politician and a former Secretary of State. After a bitter and divisive campaign, America voted on 8 November. Although Hillary Clinton led the overall ‘popular vote’, Donald Trump won the decisive state-by-state ‘electoral college’ to become president-elect of the USA.
In men’s rugby, Ireland beat New Zealand for the first time ever with a 40-29 victory in Soldier Field in Chicago. In soccer, Dundalk became the first Irish club to win a European group stage match: Stephen Kenny’s side beat Maccabi Tel Aviv 1-0 in the Europa League.
In hurling, Tipperary defeated defending All-Ireland champions Kilkenny by 2-29 to 2-20. Dublin’s footballers needed a replay against Mayo before they secured a second All-Ireland men’s title in a row: the winning margin was a single point on a scoreline of 1-15 to 1-14.
The winning margin was also a single point in the LGFA All- Ireland final but this time it was Cork who beat Dublin, with a score of 1-07 to 1-06. In the camogie final, Kilkenny beat Cork by 1-13 to 1-09.
2016 - The Playlist
Justin Bieber – What Do You Mean?
Rihanna, Calvin Harris – This Is What You Came For
Saint Sister – Castles
Walking On Cars – Speeding Cars
Sibéal, Patrick Cassidy – Mise Éire
Zara Larsson – Lush Life
DNCE – Cake By The Ocean
Lukas Graham – 7 Years
Picture This – Take My Hand
Sia feat. Kendrick Lamar – The Greatest
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