The United States of America and Northern Ireland

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1938

January

17 January - Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. appointed the 44th United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

1956

December

12 December - Irish Republican Army launches Operation Harvest, a campaign of insurrection focused on border areas between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.  One such attack was on Lisnaskea RUC barracks.

1957

January

1 January - Sean South and Fergal O'Hanlon of the IRA are killed during an attack on the Royal Ulster Constabulary barracks in Brookeborough, County Fermanagh.

- The Government of Ireland enforces the Offences Against the State Act to arrest most IRA leaders.

12 January - Over 100 suspected republicans are arrested under the Special Powers Act in Northern Ireland

March

3 March - Eamon de Valera tells a crowd in Cork that a united Ireland can be achieved with sufficient time and popular support.

July

Following the killing of an RUC officer, the Government of Ireland introduces wholesale internment for IRA suspects

August

7 August - A statute commemorating the Limerick men who died in World War I is blown up.

1958

March

18 March - President Eamon de Valera prepared to enter talks with the government of Northern Ireland on economic co-operation between the states.

August

8 August - The Embassy of the United States in Merrion Square announces plans for a new embassy in Dublin

September

8 September - Pan Am's Boeing 707 becomes the first jetliner to touch down on European soil at Shannon Airport.

1960

September

12 September - John F. Kennedy downplays his Catholicism to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association: "I do not speak for my Church on public matters, and the Church does not speak for me."

26 September - Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard Nixon take part in the first televised United States Presidential debate.

 

November

8 November - Nine Irish soldiers are killed in the Congo

 - John F. Kennedy wins Presidential Election in the United States

1961

January

6 January - Lieutenant General Sean MacEoin takes up post as the General Officer Commanding of the United Nations troops in the Congo

20 January - John F. Kennedy inaugurated as President of the United States of America.

November

Charles Haughey (then Minister for Justice) establishes military courts which lay down long prison sentences to convicted IRA men.

December

20 December - Robert McGladdery is executed in Belfast for murder.  He is the last person to be legally executed in Ireland.

1962

February

Ted Kennedy visits Ireland ahead of his campaign for election to the United States Senate in November.

 

 

 

26 February: Irish Republican Army calls off its Operation Harvest, also known as the Border Campaign.

August

21 August - Former President of the United States of America Dwight D. Eisenhower arrives in Belfast for a four day tour of Ireland

November

6 November - Ted Kennedy wins United States Senate special election in Massachusetts, defeating Republican candidate George Cabot Lodge by 14%.

1963

June

JFK arrives in Ireland

 

27 June - President John F. Kennedy visits his ancestral home in New Ross, County Wexford

28 June - President Kennedy addresses a joint session of both houses of the Oireachtas

29 June - President Kennedy meets President de Valera before departing Dublin

October

16 October - Taoiseach Sean Lemass meets President Kennedy at the White House

November

24 November - President de Valera leaves Ireland to attend the funeral of President Kennedy where Irish cadets have been invited by Jacqueline Kennedy to form a guard of honour.

Irish cadets at JFK funeral

1964

March

16 March - Sean Lemass arrives in London to launch "Ireland Week"

May

23 May - Eamon de Valera, Sean Lemass and Sean MacEntee (Tanaiste) attend the official opening of the United States Embassy in Dublin.

1965

January

14 January - Taoiseach Sean Lemass travels to Belfast to meet with the Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, Captain Terence O'Neill.

February

28 February - Roger Casement, who was hanged in Pentonville Prison in London in 1916 is honoured with a state funeral and reburied in Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin

1966

March

8 March - Nelson's Pillar on O'Connell Street in Dublin is blown up to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Easter Rising

31 March - The Tricolour flown over the GPO in 1916 is handed back to Taoiseach Sean Lemass by the British.

April

10 April - Celebrations in Dublin mark fiftieth anniversary of the Easter Rising

11 April - de Valera opens the Garden of Remembrance in Parnell Square

17 April - Easter Rising is commemorated in Belfast by parades

1967

June

30 June - Jacqueline Kennedy arrives in Dublin and is hosted at Aras an Uachtarain by President de Valera

 

November

4 November - Taoiseach Jack Lynch attends talks in Paris over the European Community with General Charles de Gaulle

December

11 December - Taoiseach Jack Lynch and Prime Minister Terence O'Neill meet for talks in Stormont.  Lynch's car is snowballed by Ian Paisley

1968

April

27 April – Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association rally protesting the banning of a republican Easter parade

May

25 May – Derry Housing Action Committee protest at the Guildhall in Derry

June

20 June - Protest at Caledon, County Tyrone, over allocation of house to a single Protestant woman over a Catholic family

August

24 August – Campaign for Social Justice, NICRA hold civil rights march from Coalisland to Dungannon which passed without major incident

October

5 October – Civil Rights march in Derry, considered by many to be the start of the troubles
9 October – Formation of the People’s Democracy
15 October – Nationalist Party withdraw from role as official opposition party in Northern Ireland parliament at Stormont
30 October – Irish Taoiseach Jack Lynch and British Prime Minister Harold Wilson meet in London.  Lynch calls for ending of partition to resolve Northern Irish unrest

November

22 November – Northern Irish Prime Minister Terence O’Neill announces reforms package which aim to tackle main aims of NICRA

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1969

January

1 January – People’s Democracy march, modelled on Martin Luther King’s Selma to Montgomery march, leaves Belfast destined for Derry


4 January – march is ambushed at Burntollet Bridge

February

24 February – division in Unionist Party prompts election, support for Terence O’Neill confirmed by results

March

30 March – Loyalists bomb electricity substation in east Belfast, more bombs throughout April and October

April

17 April – In Westminster By-Election, Bernadette Devlin wins Mid-Ulster seat as a Unity candidate


28 April – Terence O’Neill resigns, replaced by James Chichester-Clark on 1 May

May

June

July

14 July – Francis McCloskey dies one day after being hit on head by Royal Ulster Constabulary officer
17 July – Samuel Devenny dies as a result of injuries suffered in beating by RUC officers in Derry

August

12 August – Annual Apprentice Boys of Derry march passes close to Bogside area provoking serious rioting.  Royal Ulster Constabulary begin to lose control


14 August – The British Army arrive in Northern Ireland


15 August – Six people killed in riots in Belfast
27 August – The Hunt Committee appointed to consider the structure of the RUC and Ulster Special Constabulary

September

9 September – A “temporary” peace line is created by the Army to keep apart rioting factions, it was completed the following day and remains to this day in the form of a permanent wall

October

11 October – Victor Arbuckle a Constable in the RUC is shot dead by loyalists during disturbances on the Shankill Road

November

December

28 December – tensions over the lack of defence of nationalist communities during the summer riots causes a split in the Irish Republican Army

1970

January

1 January – Ulster Defence Regiment comes into existence, but does not become operational until 1 April
11 January – following the IRA split of December, Sinn Fein also splits
14 January – RUC officers patrol the nationalist Falls Road in Belfast for the first time since August 1969

February

March

26 March – Police (Northern Ireland) Act disarms the RUC

April

1 April – UDR begin operations


21 April – Alliance Party forms
30 April – B Specials disbanded

May

28 May – Charles Haughey and Neil Blaney along with James Kelly and John Kelly charged in Dublin with conspiracy to illegally import arms for use by IRA

June

18 June – Westminster General Election brings Conservative Party to power http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/special/politics97/background/pastelec/ge70.shtml
22 June – Bernadette Devlin loses appeal against six-month prison sentence for taking part in riots in Derry
26 June – Two young girls killed in Derry as a bomb being made by their father and two other IRA volunteers explodes prematurely
- Bernadette Devlin arrested
27 June – Gun battle in the Short Strand area of east Belfast

 

 


28 June – 500 Catholic workers at the Harland and Wolff shipyard forced to leave their work by Protestant employees

July

3 July – Falls Curfew imposed
5 July – Falls Curfew lifted

http://www.anphoblacht.com/contents/17095

August

21 August – Gerry Fitt and John Hume among the leaders of the newly formed Social and Democratic Labour Party

September

October

21 October – Bernadette Devlin released from prison
23 October – Charles Haughey and two others found not guilty of illegal arms importation in Dublin

November

December

1971

January

February

6 February – Robert Curtis, the first soldier killed in Northern Ireland, is shot dead by the IRA


- Two IRA members shot dead by Army
9 February – Five men killed in IRA landmine attack as they worked on a BBC transmitter in County Tyrone
15 February – Second soldier dies

March

8 March – Official IRA and Provisional IRA engage in gun battle
10 March – Three off duty soldiers killed by IRA


12 March – Thousands march to demand internment of IRA members after soldiers murder
20 March – Chichester-Clark resigns in protest at lack of British response to demands
23 March – Brian Faulkner succeeds Chichester-Clark
October - Congressman Abraham Ribicoff resolution that Britain should withdraw from Northern Ireland

April

May

15 May – Billy Reid, suspected assassin of Robert Curtis, shot dead by British Army in central Belfast

June

8 June – Harry Tuzo, General Officer Commanding of British Army, said that a permanent military solution to conflict could not be achieved

July

8 July – Two civilians killed by British Army in Derry
16 July – SDLP withdraw from Stormont after no inquiry into 8 July shootings announced
23 July – early morning British Army raids see 48 arrested

August

9 August – Internment without trial introduced, 342 people arrested and placed in internment camps
- heavy rioting across Northern Ireland, partiuclalry in Ballymurphy


- Estimated 7,000 people forced to leave their homes as a result of violence

September

Ulster Defence Association forms


30 September – Ian Paisley and Desmond Boal form Democratic Unionist Party

October

19 October – Five Northern Irish MPs begin 48 hour hunger strike, included John Hume, Austin Currie and Bernadette Devlin
20 October – Senator Edward Kennedy and Congressman Abraham Ribicoff call for withdrawal of British troops from Northern Ireland


23 October – Two female IRA volunteers shot dead by Army in Falls Road

November

6 November – Forty-seven year old Kathleen Thompson shot dead by Army in Derry
16 November – Compton Report into allegations of brutality made against British security forces during internment acknowledges ill-treatment of internees but rejects claims of systematic brutality http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/hmso/compton.htm


25 November – Harold Wilson, then leader of Opposition, proposes Britain should work towards withdrawal from Northern Ireland

December

4 December – Ulster Volunteer Force bomb McGurk’s Bar in north Belfast, many claimed the bomb was an IRA device which exploded prematurely


12 December – Northern Irish Senator Jack Barnhill shot dead by Official IRA

1972

January

2 January – anti-internment rally in Belfast
22 January – anti-internment march at Magilligan strand in Derry, soldiers deploy tear gas and rubber bullets


24 January – NICRA advise RUC that they intend to hold a non-violent demonstration against internment on 30 January in Derry
28 January – NICRA emphasise need for peace for weekend’ march
30 January – Bloody Sunday


31 January – Reginald Maudling announces that soldiers returned fire

February

1 February – PM Heath announces appointment of Lord Widgery to head inquiry over events of march
2 February – British Embassy in Dublin burnt to ground
22 February – Official IRA bomb Aldershot barracks


28 February - Hearings on Kennedy/Ribicoff resolution in Washington

March

4 March – IRA bomb Abercorn restaurant in central Belfast


18 March – Vanguard rally in Ormeau Park in Belfast attended by 60,000
24 March – Stormont prorogued and Direct Rule from Westminster imposed
26 March – William Whitelaw becomes first Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

April

6 April – Scarman Report published which found there were serious fault in the actions of the RUC during the summer of 1969
18 April – Widgery Report published largely exonerating soldiers on Bloody Sunday http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/hmso/widgery.htm


22 April – Francis Rowntree, 11 year old Catholic is first person killed by a rubber bullet

May

21 May – Official IRA capture and kill Ranger William Best
22 May – Over 400 women attack Official Sinn Fein offices in Derry following Best murder
29 May – Official IRA ceasefire

June

14 June – SDLP’s John Hume and Paddy Devlin meet IRA in Derry
20 June – British Officials PJ Woodfield and Frank Steele meet Gerry Adams and Daithi O’Connell in Donegal
22 June – Provisional IRA announce ceasefire on 26 June
24 June – IRA kill three soldiers in land mine attack
26 June – Bilateral PIRA truce announced, a prelude to secret talks with British Government

July

7 July – Secret talks between IRA and British Government in London
9 July – end of IRA truce
21 July – Bloody Friday, 22 IRA bombs in Belfast kill nine


31 July – Operation Motorman, British Army end no-go areas
- IRA bomb in Clady, County Derry, allegedly coordinated by Catholic Priest

August

9 August – first anniversary of internment sees rioting across Northern Ireland

September

20 September – SDLP issue “Towards a New Ireland” proposing joint sovereignty over Ireland

October

23 October – Loyalist paramilitaries raid UDR base in Lurgan stealing 100 weapons

November

19 November – Sean MacStiofain arrested in Dublin

December

1 December – Car bombs kill two in Dublin
20 December – Diplock Report published, recommends that cases arising out of the conflict should be heard by Judge sitting alone with no jury
31 December – Martin McGuinness arrested and held under new legislation in Republic of Ireland

1973

January

1 January – UK and Republic of Ireland join EEC on the same date

February

3 February – Two loyalists detained and interned over alleged involvement in killing of Catholic civilian.  2,000 march to RUC station at Castlereagh in Belfast in protest
5 February – Calls for general strike under auspices of United Loyalist Council after decision to intern loyalists
7 February – ULC strike organised by William Craig, then leader of Ulster Vanguard
15 February – Albert Browne of UDA sentenced to death for murder of RUC officer in October 1972.  The death penalty was not abolished until the Emergency Provisions Act of 8 August 1973

March

8 March – The Border Poll held in Northern Ireland, only 57% of electorate took part and 98% of those were in favour of maintaining Union
- IRA bombs in London injure 200, Gerry Kelly found guilty of attack


20 March – Government White Paper “Northern Ireland Constitutional Proposals” proposes devolved power sharing assembly in Northern Ireland and a Council of Ireland
27 March – Ulster Unionist Party votes by 381 to 231 to accept the White Paper

April

10 April – Northern Ireland Assembly Bill based on White Paper introduced

May

30 May – District Council Elections in Northern Ireland contested on Proportional Representation using Single Transferable Vote

June

26 June – SDLP Senator Paddy Wilson and his secretary stabbed to death by UDA

28 June – Northern Ireland Assembly Election - http://www.ark.ac.uk/elections/fa73.htm

July

August

September

10 September – IRA bomb attacks at Kings Cross and Euston Stations in London


17 September – Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave and Prime Minister Edward Heath meet in Dublin

October

31 October – IRA use hijacked helicopter to free members from Mountjoy Prison in Dublin

http://www.anphoblacht.com/contents/12512

November

21 November – Agreement reached over Northern Irish power sharing executive

December

6 December – Conference begins at Civil Service Staff College in Sunningdale to attempt to resolve difficulties in establishing power sharing Executive
9 December – Communiqué issued announcing Sunningdale Agreement

http://www.parliament.uk/about/living-heritage/evolutionofparliament/legislativescrutiny/parliamentandireland/overview/sunningdale-agreement/

1974

January

1 January – Northern Ireland Executive takes office
4 January – Ulster Unionist Council votes 427-374 to reject the Council of Ireland proposed by Sunningdale
17 January – Hugh Logue of SDLP gives speech at Trinity College Dublin saying that Council of Ireland will trundle Unionists into a United Ireland
22 January – Loyalist protest at the Northern Ireland Assembly

February

1 February – Liam Cosgrave and seven Irish ministers attend Hillsborough County Down meeting of Northern Ireland Executive
28 February – UK General Election

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/vote_2005/basics/4393301.stm

March

5 March – Merlyn Rees appointed Secretary of State for Northern Ireland


13 March – Cosgrave gives statement in Dail that position of Northern Ireland cannot be changed except by consent of majority of people in Northern Ireland

April

4 April – Rees announces he will de-proscribe the UVF and Sinn Fein and phase out internment

May

14 May – Ulster Workers Council Strike


17 May – Dublin and Monaghan Bombs


28 May – Executive collapses and Direct Rule Resumed
- UWC strike ends

June

3 June – Michael Gaughan dies on hunger strike in Parkhurst Prison

http://www.anphoblacht.com/contents/11797

July

9 July – Rees announces end of internment

August

September

October

5 October – Guildford Bomb


10 October – UK General Election

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/october/11/newsid_2542000/2542567.stm

November

21 November – Birmingham Bombs


25 November – Home Secretary Roy Jenkins proscribes IRA
29 November – Prevention of Terrorism Act rushed through parliament

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1974/56/contents/enacted

December

10 December – IRA hold talks with Protestant clergymen in Feakle, County Clare
19 December – IRA bomb in Selfridges store London
20 December – IRA announce ceasefire over Christmas period
21 December – IRA bomb at Harrods store London
22 December – IRA ceasefire
- IRA bomb at home of Edward Heath

1975

January

1 January – IRA announce extension of ceasefire
16 January – IRA calls off ceasefire
19 January – IRA bombs at two London hotels
27 January – Seven IRA bombs across London

February

10 February – IRA announce renewed ceasefire, lasting a year
20 February – feud between Official IRA and Irish Republican Socialist Party

March

April

May

1 May – Constitutional Convention Election

June

July

31 July – Miami Showband killings

August

28 August – IRA plant booby-trap bomb in Oxford Street
29 August – IRA plant booby-trap bomb in Kensington which kills bomb disposal officer

September

1 September – South Armagh Republican Action Force attack Orange Hall in Newtownhamilton County Armagh, killing five
2 September – Conference held in Amherst, UDA representatives indicate support for independent Northern Ireland


11 September – meeting between Harold Wilson and Margaret Thatcher
28 September – Seven injured in IRA bomb in Oxford Street

October

2 October – UVF kill twelve across Northern Ireland
3 October – UVF proscribed
22 October – Guildford Four found guilty

November

4 November – Merlyn Rees announces end of special category status for prisoners on 1 March 1976


9 November – OIRA volunteer shot dead by PIRA as part of feud
11 November – four killed in republican feud
27 November – Ross McWhirter shot dead by IRA in Enfield

December

5 December – end of internment, last forty-six released
6 December – Balcombe Street Siege


9 December – Daily Telegraph poll indicates 64% of British people wanted the army to withdraw from Northern Ireland
19 December – Red Hand Commandos kill five
22 December – US authorities foil attempt to ship weapons to the IRA

1976

January

4 January – Loyalists kill six Catholics
5 January – Republican Action Force kills ten Protestant civilians at Kingsmills County Armagh


7 January – SAS drafted in to South Armagh


12 January – Maguire Seven trial begins

February

3 February – Constitutional Convention reconvenes
12 February – Frank Stagg dies on hunger strike in Wakefield Prison

March

1 March – End of Special Category Status prisoners
3 March – Maguire Seven convicted for possession of explosives
25 March – Police primacy in security begins


26 March – Prevention of Terrorism Act 1976 takes effect

April

5 April – Jim Callaghan succeeds Harold Wilson as Prime Minister

May

6 May – Eight members of SAS arrested in Ireland


22 May – UVF ceasefire

June

2 June – Ian Paisley reveals SDLP and UUP have been holding secret talks

July

21 July – British Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland Christopher Ewart Biggs killed in IRA bomb attack in Dublin

August

10 August – Peace People established by Mairead Corrigan and Betty Williams

September

14 September – Blanket Protest begins

October

28 October – Maire Drumm, vice-President of Sinn Fein, shot dead by loyalists

November

December

1 December – Fair Employment (Northern Ireland) Act comes into effect

1977

January

29 January – IRA bombs in west end of London

February

2 February – Jeffrey Agate, managing director of Du Pont factory in Derry shot dead by IRA at home
4 February – IRA bomb factory in Liverpool uncovered
10 February – Balcombe Street gang convicted
15 February – Ian Smith of Rhodesia sends thanks to DUP Portadown
21 February – Margaret Thatcher visits Derry and Belfast

March

2 March – English businessman Donald Robinson shot dead by IRA in Belfast
14 March – English businessman James Nicholson shot dead by IRA in Belfast

April

2 April – Airey Neave calls for Sinn Fein to be proscribed
25 April – United Unionist Action Council announces region wide strike in May to demand tougher security response
30 April – Paisley threatens to quit Northern Irish politics if UUAC strike is not a success

May

3 May – UUAC strike takes place


13 May – UUAC strike ends having failed to significantly impact industry and commerce, Paisley declares success
14 May – Robert Nairac disappears


19 May – Robert Muldoon, New Zealand Prime Minister holds talks with Peace People

June

July

12 July – IRA threatens to disrupt Queen’s visit to Northern Ireland in August for Silver Jubilee

August

9 August – Queen visits Northern Ireland


10 August – IRA plants bomb at University of Ulster in Coleraine
30 August – Jimmy Carter speech on Northern Ireland http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=8014

September

October

10 October – Peace People win Nobel Peace Prize

November

21 November – Roy Mason suggests a 78 seat Assembly without legislative powers could be established at Stormont

December

22 December – IRA announces Christmas ceasefire

1978

January

8 January – Jack Lynch calls for British declaration of intent to withdraw

http://archive.catholicherald.co.uk/article/7th-november-1975/2/mr-lynchs-irresponsible-call-to-withdraw-troops


11 January – Fair Employment Agency report that Catholics are 2.5 times more likely to be unemployed than Protestants
18 January – European Court of Human Rights finds that British security forces have a case to answer over allegations of ill-treatment during questioning of detainees

February

17 February – IRA bomb the La Mon House Hotel killing twelve Protestants


25 February – Gerry Adams charged with membership of the IRA

March

April

7 April – Airey Neave said that power sharing was no longer practical
19 April – PM Callaghan announces legislation to increase number of Northern Irish MPs to 17

May

June

13 June – Amnesty International Report suggests detainees at Castlereagh RUC station were ill-treated

July

30 July – Tomas O Fiaich visits blanket protesters in Maze prison

August

1 August – Cardinal O Fiaich claims prisoners are living in inhuman conditions


27 August – 10,000 people on civil rights march to commemorate tenth anniversary of first ever march

September

6 September – Adams cleared of IRA membership

http://sluggerotoole.com/2007/05/07/gerry-adams-was-never-in-the-irawas-he/


24 September – Ian Paisley holds religious service in the Mansion House in Dublin
28 September – Congressman Joshua Eilberg and Congressman Hamilton Fish visit Northern Ireland and argue for US role in solving conflict

October

November

December

1979

January

February

20 February – the Shankill Butchers sentenced to life imprisonment for 112 offences

March

16 March – Bennett Report finds medical evidence of ill-treatment of people held in interrogation centres in Northern Ireland
22 March – British Ambassador to the Netherlands, Richard Sykes and his Dutch valet killed by IRA in gun attack in Den Haag
28 March – Labour Government loses vote of confidence
30 March – Airey Neave killed by INLA car bomb

April

May

3 May – Conservative Party wins General Election

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/special/politics97/background/pastelec/ge79.shtml


5 May – Humphrey Atkins becomes Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
10 May – US judge rules that group of men, believed to be IRA volunteers suspected of bombings in England, should not be extradited to Britain

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2004/jul/18/usa.northernireland

June

7 June – European Parliament Election, Ian Paisley, John Hume and John Taylor elected

July

2 July – INLA declared illegal


12 July – Thatcher criticises BBC for broadcasting interview with INLA member
21 July – Announcement made that Pope John Paul II will visit Ireland on 29 September, Paisley warns that he should not visit Northern Ireland

August

1 August – US State Department halts private gun sale to the RUC
11 August – Members of Irish National Caucus visit Northern Ireland and declare they plan to make the conflict a major issue in the 1980 Presidential Election
22 August – Hugh Carey proposal to chair New York talks between Humphrey Atkins and Michael O’Kennedy, Irish Foreign Minister, rejected
27 August – Warrenpoint and Mountbatten attacks


29 August – Thatcher visits Northern Ireland
30 August – Decision made to increase RUC by 1,000 officers to 7,500

September

5 September – Thatcher meets Lynch in London
29 September – Pope’s visit to Ireland, 250,000 in attendance

October

2 October – IRA reject Pope’s plea for end to violence

November

1 November – Irish security forces seize arms in Dublin docks which originated in USA and were bound for IRA
20 November – The Government of Northern Ireland: A Working Paper for a Conference published by Atkins

December

5 December – Lynch resigns as Taoiseach
7 December - Charles Haughey replaces Lynch as Taoiseach

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1980

January

7 January – Talks called by Humphrey Atkins, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, begin, aimed at constitutional conference

February

8 February – Belfast antique dealer Leonard Kaitcer found dead after kidnapping and £1 million ransom
16 February – Taoiseach Charles Haughey calls for join initiative on Northern Ireland between British and Irish governments

March

26 March – All Special Category Status ended, had previously only been for those sentenced after March 1976

April

3 April – Three staff members at Kincora Boys Home in Belfast charged with acts of gross indecency
30 April – Marian Price released from Armagh women’s prison on humanitarian grounds

May

20 May – Thatcher declaration on constitutional future of Northern Ireland ahead of talks with Haughey

June

4 June – John Turnley, chairman of Irish Independence Party shot dead by loyalists
9 June – Haughey argues that British withdrawal in best interests of Britain and Ireland
19 June – European Commission on Human Rights rejects case of republican prisoners
25 June – Democratic Party adopt Edward Kennedy policy calling for an end to division of Irish people and solution based on consent of all parties
26 June – Miriam Daly shot dead by loyalists


30 June – Grundig factory in Belfast to close, loss of 1,000 jobs

July

2 July – The Government of Northern Ireland: Proposals for Further Discussion published

August

6 August – British government announce £48 million package designed to alleviate unemployment problems in Northern Ireland

September

11 September – Du Pont to close factory in Derry, loss of 400 jobs

 

October

13 October – ICI to close factory in Antrim, loss of 1,100 jobs
15 October – Noel Lyttle and Ronnie Bunting of the IRSP shot dead by loyalists
27 October – Hunger Strike begins

November

20 November – Thatcher statement on hunger strike

December

1 December – Three women prisoners in Armagh join hunger strike
8 December – Thatcher, Carrington, Howe and Atkins in Dublin for talks with Haughey government, first visit of British PM to Dublin since partition
12 December – Six UDA prisoners join hunger strike
15 December – 23 republicans join hunger strike
16 December – Three IRA prisoners escape Brixton Prison
17 December – Loyalist hunger strike called off
18 December – hunger strike ends as Sean McKenna nears death

1981

January

16 January – Bernadette McAliskey shot and seriously injured in a UDA gun attack at her home
21 January – Norman Stronge, former speaker of Stormont parliament, and his son shot dead by IRA

February

5 February – Republican prisoners threaten second hunger strike
9 February – Paisley-led DUP group hold rally at Belfast City Hall to sign Ulster Declaration based on 1912 Ulster Covenant

21 February – IRA bomb shops in centre of Belfast and Derry

March

1 March – Bobby Sands begins second hunger strike


2 March – Blanket Protest called off to focus attention on hunger strike
3 March – Atkins declares no political status for prisoners
5 March – Frank Maguire, MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone dies; Margaret Thatcher visits Northern Ireland
15 March – Frank Hughes joins hunger strike
22 March - Raymond McCreesh and Patsy O’Hara join hunger strike
26 March – Bobby Sands nominated as candidate in Fermanagh and South Tyrone by-election


29 March – SDLP withdraw Austin Currie from Fermanagh and South Tyrone by-election
30 March – Noel Maguire, brother of Frank, withdraws from by-election

April

5 April – 1981 Census begins
7 April – Joanne Mathers, Protestant enumerator for census, shot dead by IRA in Derry


9 April – Bobby Sands elected to Westminster
22 April – Dolours Price released from Armagh Prison on medical grounds


28 April – Private Secretary to Pope John Paul II visits Bobby Sands

May

5 May – Bobby Sands dies
7 May – Bobby Sands funeral at Milltown cemetery in West Belfast


8 May – Joe McDonnell joins hunger strike
9 May – IRA bomb in Shetland Islands during Queen’s visit
12 May – Frank Hughes dies
13 May – John Hume visits Thatcher to ask for free association concession to prisoners
14 May – Brendan McLaughlin joins hunger strike
20 May – District Council Elections in Northern Ireland, DUP largest party
21 May – Raymond McCreesh and Patsy O’Hara die
22 May – Kieran Doherty joins hunger strike


26 May – Brendan McLaughlin taken off hunger strike for medical reasons
28 May – Martin Hurson joins hunger strike
29 May – Four hunger strikers and five other prisoners put forward as candidates for Irish General Election

June

2 June – Ulster Democratic Party founded by UDA, initially called Ulster Loyalist Democratic Party
8 June – Tom McElwee joins hunger strike
10 June – Eight IRA prisoners escape Crumlin Road Prison
11 June – Irish General Election, two hunger strikers elected to Dail

http://electionsireland.org/results/general/22dail.cfm


12 June – British government proposes change to Representation of the People Act to make it impossible for prisoners to stand
15 June – Paddy Quinn joins hunger strike
22 June – Michael Devine joins hunger strike
29 June – Lawrence McKeown joins hunger strike

July

3 July – Federal Court in USA rules that Noraid has to register as foreign agent of the IRA
8 July – Joe McDonnell dies
10 July – funeral of Joe McDonnell


13 July – Martin Hurson dies
14 July – Matt Devlin joins hunger strike; Irish government asks US to use influence with Britain on the issue of the hunger strike
15 July – Representatives of International Committee of the Red Cross invited to carry out investigation of prison conditions in Northern Ireland
18 July – Demonstration outside British Embassy in Dublin
31 July – Paddy Quinn taken off hunger strike by his family

August

1 August – Kevin Lynch dies
2 August – Kieran Doherty TD dies
3 August – Liam McCloskey joins hunger strike
8 August – Thomas McElwee dies
10 August – Patrick Sheehan joins hunger strike
20 August – Michael Devine dies; Pat McGeown taken off hunger strike by his family; Owen Carron retains Fermanagh and South Tyrone seat for H-Block/Armagh Committee
23 August – Sinn Fein announces it will contest Northern Ireland elections
24 August – Bernard Fox joins hunger strike
27 August – Boundary Commission recommends Northern Ireland have quote of seats at Westminster extended from 12 to 17
31 August – Hugh Carville joins hunger strike

September

1 September – Lagan College, Northern Ireland’s first integrated secondary school opens
2 September – Ian Paisley calls for establishment of a “Third Force” like former Ulster Special Constabulary
4 September – Matt Devlin taken off hunger strike by his family
6 September – Laurence McKeown taken off hunger strike by his family; INLA announce they will not replace men on hunger strike at same rate as before
7 September – John Pickering joins hunger strike
13 September – James Prior becomes Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
21 September – James Devine joins hunger strike
24 September – Bernard Fox taken off hunger strike, Sinn Fein reportedly saying he was “dying too quickly”
26 September – Liam McCloskey ends his hunger strike

October

3 October – Hunger Strike ends
6 October – Prior announces prison policy change: prisoners can wear own clothes; limited free association; increased visits; restoration of lost remission; prison work not resolved
10 October – IRA attack on Chelsea Barracks in London
17 October – Steuart Pringle, Commandant-General of Royal Marines injured in IRA bomb
22 October – European Court rules that treating homosexuality as a crime in Northern Ireland is discriminatory
25 October – majority of blanket protesters have ended protest
31 October – Danny Morrison’s “bomb and ballot paper” speech at Ard Fheis

November

6 November – Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald and Thatcher meet in London, decide to establish Anglo-Irish Inter-Governmental Council
10 November – Thatcher speech “Northern Ireland is as British as Finchley”
14 November – Reverend Robert Bradford killed by IRA


23 November – Loyalist Day of Action, organised by Paisley

December

3 December – Paisley claims his “Third Force” has 15,000-20,000 members
21 December – Revealed that State Department revoked Ian Paisley’s visitor visa after lobbying by 100 Congressmen

1982

January

13 January – Lord Gowrie, NIO Minister, discusses dual citizenship for Northern Ireland
15 January – Prior announces establishment of Committee of Inquiry into Kincora Boys Home
21 January – Owen Carron and Danny Morrison arrested upon trying to enter the USA from Canada; Prior holds meeting with John DeLorean


27 January – Fine Gael-Labour Party coalition collapses

February

12 February – Three members of Kincora Committee resign, claiming RUC had not dealt with all criminal matters surrounding the case; DeLorean company lays off 1,100 of workforce
15 February – Harland and Wolff announces it will lay off 1,000 workers


18 February – Prior announces public inquiry into Kincora; Irish General Election

http://electionsireland.org/results/general/23dail.cfm


19 February – DeLorean Motor Company in receivership
24 February – British Government announces change in law regarding homosexual acts in Northern Ireland

March

1 March – Enkalon company closes factory in Antrim, loss of 850 jobs
4 March – By-election in South Belfast after Bradford murder, Martin Smyth, head of Orange Order, wins seat as UUP candidate
17 March – Haughey visits United States, calls on US Government to pressure Britain to consider Irish unity

April

2 April – Argentina invades Falklands, distracts Britain from Northern Ireland
5 April – Northern Ireland: A Framework for Devolution published

May

3 May – Paddy Power, Irish Defence Minister, criticises sinking of the Belgrano
24 May – DeLorean factory to close, loss of 1,500 jobs


29 May – Friends of Ireland Congressional group visits Northern Ireland

June

15 June – British troops recapture the Falklands
18 June – Lord Gowrie comments on Irish unification
21 June – FBI arrest four men for attempting to purchase surface-to-air missiles for IRA

July

19 July – Prior visits United States to explain his plans for “rolling devolution”
20 July – IRA bombs in Hyde Park and Regents Park

August

8 August – Noraid and Peoples Liberation Organisation representatives address Internment rally in West Belfast


15 August – Martin Smyth on visit to USA alleges CIA involvement in Northern Ireland

September

23 September – John Hermon claims republican paramilitaries damaged by informers

October

20 October – Assembly Elections http://www.ark.ac.uk/elections/fa82.htm

November

2 November – SDLP meet with Prior
5 November – American court acquits five men of conspiring to ship arms to IRA, men claimed CIA had approved shipment
11 November – RUC unit shoots dead Sean Burns, Gervaise McKerr and Eugene Toman, first shoot-to-kill
16 November – Shankill Butcher Lennie Murphy shot dead


24 November – Michael Tighe shot dead by RUC, shoot-to-kill alleged
30 November – Prior announces RUC and RUC Reserve to strengthen by 500 and 300 officers respectively

December

6 December – INLA bomb Droppin’ Well bar in Ballykelly


12 December – Rodney Carroll and Seamus Grew shot dead by RUC, shoot-to-kill alleged

1983

January

18 January – Irish Foreign Minister Peter Barry on fact-finding mission to Belfast

February

March

11 March – Irish Government establish New Ireland Forum
12 March – Thatcher and FitzGerald meet for first time in over a year


17 March – President Reagan St Patrick’s Day speech denounces supporters of terrorism; Senator Kennedy proposes senate motion calling for a united Ireland


24 March – UUP, DUP, Alliance Party all refuse invitations to take part in New Ireland Forum

April

11 April – UVF Supergrass trial, 14 members jailed for 200 years total; Harland and Wolff announces loss of 700 jobs

May

30 May – First meeting of New Ireland Forum

June

6 June – State Department refuses application for visitors visa from Bernadette McAliskey
9 June – UK General Election; Adams wins West Belfast seat

July

8 July – Northern Ireland Assembly votes 35-11 in favour of introduction of death penalty for terrorist murders
17 July – Merlyn Rees reports Cabinet Subcommittee considered possibility of withdrawal from Northern Ireland in 1974 and 1976
25 July – Goodyear tyre company announces closure of Craigavon plant, loss of 800 jobs

August

5 August – IRA Supergrass trial, 22 jailed for total of 4,000 years

September

25 September – 38 IRA prisoners escape from Maze

October

28 October – George Terry report on Kincora scandal

November

13 November – Gerry Adams elected President of Sinn Fein
24 November – Don Tidey kidnapped by IRA (pic below shows Martin McGuinness meeting the son of a soldier killed in an incident following the kidnapping)

December

7 December – IRA shoot dead Edgar Graham


16 December – Don Tidey freed by Irish security forces in Leitrim
17 December – IRA bomb attack on Harrods

1984

January

18 January – Prior announces public inquiry into Kincora scandal
24 January – Londonderry District Council changes name to Derry District Council

February

29 February – Northern Ireland Assembly votes 20-1 against proposal to extend 1967 Abortion Act to Northern Ireland

March

14 March – Gerry Adams shot by UFF

 

 


15 March – Garret FitzGerald addresses US Congress calling on Americans to urge British to accept proposals from New Ireland Forum
22 March – New Prevention of Terrorism Act becomes law
29 March – Trial of John Robinson, RUC officer accused of shooting of Seamus Grew

April

7 April – Hermon denies shoot-to-kill operations exist

May

2 May – Report of New Ireland Forum
17 May – Jim Campbell, editor of Sunday World, shot and injured by UVF
24 May – Stalker Inquiry into shoot-to-kill allegations begins


25 May – Both Houses of Congress in US back report of New Ireland Forum

June

1 June – President Ronald Reagan visits Ireland


4 June – Reagan addresses joint session of Dail and Senate
20 June – Neil Kinnock in favour of United Ireland by consent

July

2 July – Prior addresses House of Commons and rejects three main options proposed by New Ireland Forum
28 July – Martin Galvin banned from entering UK

August

9 August – Galvin appears at rally in Derry


12 August – Galvin appears at Belfast rally, violence ensues
14 August – Prior says decision to ban Galvin had been a bad mistake

September

10 September – Douglas Hurd replaces Prior as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
28 September – Marita Ann trawler intercepted off coast of Kerry, seven tons of arms and explosives found

October

12 October – IRA bomb Grand Hotel, Brighton during Conservative Party Conference in an attempt to kill Margaret Thatcher

November

19 November – Anglo-Irish Summit Meeting at Chequers

December

14 December – Ian Thain first soldier convicted of murder
24 December – Court of Appeal quashes 14 convictions from UVF Supergrass trial

1985

January

20 January – Douglas Hurd says political arrangements could be created to improve Anglo-Irish relations

February

1 February – John Hume to meet with IRA
3 February – FitzGerald says meeting will be exploited by IRA for propaganda purposes
16 February – Gerry Adams refused visa to enter US.  Had been supposed to meet members of Congress, State Department turned down application
20 February – Thatcher travels to US to address Congress, calls on Americans not to donate money to IRA-support organisations


23 February – Hume walks out of IRA meeting after suggestion that proceedings be recorded
28 February – IRA mortar kills nine RUC officers in Newry

March

April

20 April – Senior IRA members expelled

May

26 May – Lear Fan aircraft company closes Belfast plant, loss of 350 jobs

June

25 June – USA and UK sign bilateral treaty preventing people facing extradition from claiming crimes had political motive

July

7 July – trouble at Drumcree Orange Parade as it passes up Obins Street
12 July – Further rioting in Portadown as parades re-routed away from Obins Street (video from loyalist source, hence "No Surrender" on screen)

 

 


15 July – Thatcher addresses American Bar Association in London, refers to role of media in conflict
30 July – BBC prevent transmission of “Real Lives: At the Edge of the Union” featuring Martin McGuinness

August

7 August – BBC and ITN journalists strike in protest at ban, BBC World Service goes off-air for first time
20 August – IRA kill Seamus McAvoy in Dublin.  McAvoy’s company had sold portable buildings to the RUC

September

2 September – Tom King replaces Hurd as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

October

November

2 November – Sinn Fein Ard Fheis challenges principles of abstentionism
15 November – Thatcher and FitzGerald sign Anglo-Irish Agreement

http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/events/aia/aiadoc.htm


16 November – Northern Ireland Assembly votes 44-10 in favour of motion calling for referendum on Anglo-Irish Agreement
18 November – Mary Robinson resigns from Labour Party in protest at lack of consultation before Anglo-Irish Agreement announced
23 November – Huge Unionist rally in protest at Anglo-Irish Agreement, estimated crowd of 100,000
27 November – House of Commons approves Anglo-Irish Agreement by 473-47

December

6 December – Alliance Party withdraw from Northern Ireland Assembly
11 December – Inter-Governmental Conference established under Anglo-Irish Agreement meets
18 December – Twenty-five sentences for paramilitary related offences on evidence of INLA Supergrass Harry Kirkpatrick
21 December – Progressive Democrats formed in Ireland

1986

January

3 January – Pascal O’Hare resigns from SDLP in protest at Anglo-Irish Agreement
16 January – IRA prison escapees Gerry Kelly and Brendan McFarlane arrested in Amsterdam


23 January – Fifteen by-elections across Northern Ireland after MPs resigned in protest at Anglo-Irish Agreement; Sinn Fein vote down 5%

February

March

3 March – Unionist Day of Action; RUC accused of not dealing with intimidation
11 March – House of Representatives unanimously votes to approve $250 million aid package over five years to Northern Ireland in support of Anglo-Irish Agreement
17 March – FitzGerald visits Washington
18 March – Maghaberry prison receives first prisoners


31 March – RUC ban Apprentice Boys parade in Portadown, provokes rioting

April

1 April – Further rioting
3 April – Hume praises RUC for approach to disturbances
23 April – Molyneaux and Paisley announce 12-point plan of civil disobedience in protest at Anglo-Irish Agreement

May

1 May – Rothman cigarette company closes Carrickfergus factory, loss of 800 jobs
2 May – Hermon announces that 50 RUC families and 79 Catholic families had their homes firebombed by loyalists between 1-26 April
16 May – Gerry Adams speaks at seminar in Amsterdam, criticises Anglo-Irish Agreement
29 May – Tom King announces decision to dissolve Northern Ireland Assembly

June

5 June – Stalker removed from inquiry, taken over by Colin Sampson
11 June – Patrick Magee and four others found guilty of conspiring to cause explosions in Britain


23 June – Northern Ireland Assembly Dissolved
24 June – Paisley claims Northern Ireland on verge of civil war

July

6 July – Orange Order parade permitted to pass through Obins Street in Portadown, serious rioting in town
11 July – Orange Order accept decision to re-route parade along Garvaghy Road (image below depicts Obins St as Route A and Garvaghy Road as B)


30 July – John Kyle, working as a contractor to RUC, shot dead by IRA in Greencastle, County Tyrone

August

5 August – IRA warns contractors would be treated as collaborators
7 August – Peter Robinson and 500 loyalists walk into Clontibret, County Monaghan and assault Garda officers


26 August – Gallagher cigarette factory in Belfast closes, loss of 700 jobs

September

18 September – International Fund for Ireland established by British and Irish Governments; US Government donate £36 million along with Canada, New Zealand
29 September – Amnesty International call for full judicial inquiry into disputed killings in Northern Ireland

October

12 October – Haughey claims Nationalists are worse off since Anglo-Irish Agreement
15 October – IRA announce support for ending of abstentionism
16 October – An Phoblacht confirms that an IRA Army Convention has taken place, first in 16 years

November

2 November – Sinn Fein Ard Fheis, announcement of end of abstentionism; Ruairi O Bradaigh leads Republican Sinn Fein out of party


10 November – Loyalists hold meeting in Ulster Hall, form Ulster Resistance
15 November – Protest at Belfast City Hall against Anglo-Irish Agreement

December

3 December – McFarlane and Kelly extradited from Netherlands to Northern Ireland
10 December – Gerry Adams launches book “Politics of Irish Freedom”, denies ever being in the IRA


16 December – IRA proxy bomb attack on Lisburn Road RUC station
23 December – Thatcher visits Northern Ireland; 24 men released after convictions on word of Harry Kirkpatrick quashed

1987

January

16 January – Peter Robinson pays £17,500 in fines for actions last year in Monaghan
20 January – INLA/IPLO feud


29 January – New Ulster Political Research Group publishes Common Sense http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/issues/politics/docs/commonsense.htm

February

10 February – Daily Express opinion poll says 61% of British in favour of withdrawal from Northern Ireland
12 February – 400,000 signature petition delivered to Buckingham Palace, against Anglo-Irish Agreement
17 February – Irish General Election http://electionsireland.org/results/general/25dail.cfm

March

10 March – Haughey forms minority government in Ireland
17 March – American Irish Foundation and the Ireland Funds merge to become the American Ireland Fund; Reagan announces first payment of $50 million to International Fund for Ireland


22 March – James Miller, former MI5 agent, claims that intelligence service promoted UWC strike to bring down Wilson’s Labour Government
23 March – Sampson completes shoot-to-kill report
26 March – INLA/IPLO feud ends

April

25 April – Justice Gibson and wife killed in IRA bomb attack

May

1 May – Sinn Fein publishes Scenario for Peace
8 May – SAS kill eight IRA volunteers at Loughgall

July

3 July – first taxi driver is killed by UFF

August

September

15 September – NIO issues guidelines of fair employment, influenced by MacBride Principles

October

November

1 November – Eksund vessel stopped off coast of France, IRA arms found


8 November – IRA bomb Remembrance Day ceremony in Enniskillen


22 November – Thatcher part of 7,000 strong Enniskillen service of remembrance
23 November – Amendment to extradition bill passed in Republic of Ireland

December

22 December – UDA deputy leader John McMichael killed in IRA bomb

1988

January

11 January – Hume and Adams meet


25 January – Sir Patrick Mayhew, the Attorney-General, announces there will be no prosecutions from Stalker/Sampson
28 January – Appeal of Birmingham Six rejected

February

5 February – Stalker claims he was removed from inquiry as he would have caused political embarrassment
16 February – William Quinn extradited from USA to UK under July 1986 legislation
23 February – Ian Thain, first soldier convicted of murder, released

March

6 March – SAS kill three IRA volunteers in Gibraltar

10 March – Sixty Labour MPs criticise Gibraltar shootings

11 March – Andy Tyrie resigns as head of UDA
16 March – Michael Stone attacks funerals of Gibraltar three, kills two


19 March – Two Army Corporals killed at funeral of Stone’s victim, Kevin McBradaigh


31 March – Amnesty International to investigate Gibraltar shootings

April

28 April – Death on the Rock, Thames Television documentary, airs

 

 


 

May

25 May – Government White paper published

June

13 June – talks between SDLP and Sinn Fein
15 June – IRA bomb kills six off duty soldiers
28 June – Thatcher and Haughey meet in Hanover

July

4 July – Hermon announces action against 20 officers after shoot-to-kill investigation
5 July – Patrick Ryan, Catholic Priest, arrested in Brussels, accused of providing support for IRA

August

20 August – Eight soldiers killed in Ballygawley bus bomb


30 August – SAS kills three IRA volunteers in Tyrone

September

30 September – Inquest finds Gibraltar shootings were lawful

October

11 October – Paisley removed from European Parliament protesting speech by Pope
19 October – Broadcasting Ban on Sinn Fein, Republican Sinn Fein and UDA

November

December

1989

January

16 January – Case of Guildford Four referred to Court of Appeal
17 January – Douglas Hurd makes comment about solicitors in Northern Ireland who are sympathetic to IRA
23 January – IRA claim to have stood down West Fermanagh Brigade
26 January – Report into Death on the Rock vindicates programme

February

12 February – Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane killed by UFF

March

5 March – Adams speech seeks non-armed political movement
14 March – Eighteen RUC officers reprimanded for part in shoot-to-kill operations
20 March – Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Ken Buchanan killed in IRA ambush

April

11 April – Broadcasting restrictions on Sinn Fein lifted for elections

May

17 May – Local Government Elections http://www.ark.ac.uk/elections/flg89.htm

June

15 June – European Elections

July

24 July – Peter Brooke appointed Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

August

25 August – Loughlinn Maginn shot dead by UFF


29 August – UFF claim they received intelligence on IRA members from security forces

September

22 September – IRA bomb Deal Barracks, kill ten Marine musicians

October

8 October – Eight UDR members arrested as part of Stevens Inquiry into collusion
19 October – Guildford Four released

November

3 November – Brooke claims IRA could not be defeated militarily
16 November – Sinn Fein relaunch Scenario for Peace

December

31 December – Observer poll suggests 51% of Britons want Army withdrawn from Northern Ireland

1990

January

10 January – Fire at offices of Stevens Inquiry
13 January – Three men shot dead as they were robbing a betting shop in West Belfast, allegations of shoot-to-kill
16 January – UDA’s Tommy Lyttle appears in court on charges relating to Stevens Inquiry
20 January – Brian Nelson in court


29 January – Belfast Telegraph poll shows 68% of Protestants and 62% of Catholics believe Anglo-Irish Agreement had made no difference

February

12 February – Green Party launched in Northern Ireland
19 February – BBC Panorama programme on UDR airs
26 February – First meeting of British-Irish Interparliamentary Body

March

1 March – Chris and Michael McGimpsey appeal to Irish Supreme Court over Articles 2 and 3 of Irish Constitution

2 March – Meeting of Anglo-Irish Intergovernmental Conference
7 March – Former IRA prisoner Sam Marshall shot dead by UVF as he attended RUC station to sign in as part of bail agreement, Colin Duffy reportedly also present
30 March – Announcement that report of Stevens Inquiry would not be published

April

11 April – Haughey makes first official Taoiseach visit to Northern Ireland since Lemass in 1965


15 April – Adams attends Easter commemoration

May

17 May – Summary of Stevens Report published; David Trimble elected to Upper Bann
22 May – Bank of Ireland report that Troubles cost British and Irish Governments £410 million

June

July

2 July – Nelson Mandela visits Dublin and says talks between British Government and IRA should take place
20 July – IRA bomb London Stock Exchange


30 July – Ian Gow, MP, killed by IRA bomb

August

29 August – Birmingham Six case to be heard by Court of Appeal

September

30 September – Joy-riders shot dead in West Belfast

 

October

9 October – Undercover Army unit shoots dead two IRA members near Loughgall
23 October – IRA kills Protestant taxi driver
24 October – IRA proxy bomb attack at British Army checkpoints

 

November

9 November – Peter Brooke speech in London; Mary Robinson elected Irish President
22 November – Thatcher resigns
27 November – Conservative Party leadership contest won by John Major

December

23 December – IRA announces Christmas ceasefire
30 December – Fergal Caraher shot dead by Army at Cullyhanna.  Caraher was beleived to be part of the infamous "South Armagh Sniper" unit which was responsible for the deaths of nine security force officers between 1990 and 1997.

1991

January

2 January – Unionist councillors reject proposal to invite Mary Robinson to Belfast
7 January – Richard Needham criticises Adams for supporting IRA
24 January – British Army confirm 600 troops withdrawn from Northern Ireland
26 January – RUC raid An Phoblacht offices

February

1 February – Adams denies rumours of possible IRA ceasefire
2 February – FitzGerald admits he considered referendum on Articles 2 and 3 of Irish Constitution
3 February – IRA proxy bomb attack in Magherafelt
7 February – IRA mortar attack on Downing Street


18 February – IRA bomb at Victoria Station in London

March

3 March – UVF kill three IRA volunteers in Cappagh
6 March – Five people sentenced in Paris for attempting to smuggle guns to IRA
14 March – Birmingham Six freed


25 March – Arrangements for talks agreed between major parties

April

9 April – Anglo-Irish Intergovernmental Conference meeting
14 April – Archbishop Desmond Tut attends conference in Newcastle, County Down
15 April – Peter Brooke visits United States to promote talks on Northern Ireland
17 April – Combined Loyalist Military Command announces ceasefire
21 April – UK census
29 April – CLMC ceasefire
30 April – Preliminary talks begin

May

7 May – Further talks between Brooke and Mayhew
9 May – Danny Morrison and seven others convicted for falsely imprisoning RUC officer
15 May – Unionists refuse deadline imposed in political talks
20 May – SDLP withdraw from talks
25 May – UFF shoot Eddie Fullerton, Sinn Fein councillor in Donegal, dead despite CLMC ceasefire

June

3 June – SAS shoot three IRA volunteers dead in Coagh County Tyrone
12 June – David Dinkins signs law preventing companies in NY state from doing business with Northern Irish firms which did not comply with MacBride Principles


17 June – Brooke Mayhew talks begin
26 June – Maguire Seven freed

July

3 July – Brooke Mayhew talks end
4 July – CLMC ceasefire ends
23 July – UDR and RIR to merge

August

September

1 September – Speaker Tom Foley leads USA delegation to Northern Ireland, calls on Americans not to support Noraid, refuses to meet Sinn Fein


21 September – Brooke begins five-day visit to USA

October

2 October – Channel 4 Dispatches Documentary “The Committee” alleges collusion between RUC/UDR and loyalists
15 October – Bill endorsing MacBride Principles vetoed by Governor of California

November

5 November – UFF throws grenade at Cliftonville supporters at Windsor Park
11 November – Dublin City Council denies Sinn Fein use of Mansion House for Ard Fheis

December

1992

January

4 January – IRA bomb in central Belfast
5 January – IRA bomb in central Belfast
10 January – IRA bomb in London
17 January – IRA kill eight Protestants at Teebane; Peter Brooke appears on RTE and sings


20 January – John Major travels to Northern Ireland
22 January – Brian Nelson pleads guilty
30 January – Haughey resigns

February

4 February – Off duty RUC officer shoots three civilians dead at Sinn Fein office
5 February – UFF shoot five civilians dead in bookmakers shop


6 February – Albert Reynolds elected Taoiseach
10 February – extra soldiers sent to Northern Ireland
16 February – British Army shoots dead four IRA volunteers in Tyrone
17 February – Sinn Fein launch “Towards a Lasting Peace in Ireland” at Ard Fheis
19 February – Joe Doherty extradited from United States
22 February – Democratic Left forms
28 February – IRA bomb London Bridge station

March

2 March – Gaddafi ends link with IRA
9 March – Brooke-Mayhew talks recommence
20 March – Hume and Adams in radio debate

April

5 April – Bill Clinton speech at American-Irish Presidential Forum in NY
9 April – UK General Election; Adams loses seat
10 April – IRA bomb the Baltic Exchange


11 April – Patrick Mayhew appointed Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

May

5 May – Inquest into 11/11/1982 deaths of IRA men shot by RUC
8 May – Intelligence passed from Special Branch to MI5
12 May – Soldiers involved in brawl in Coalisland, County Tyrone


17 May – Further trouble in Coalisland

June

8 June – BBC programme on Brian Nelson
19 June – Brooke/Mayhew talks discuss north/south dimension

July

1 July – IRA kills three alleged informers; Unionists agree to talks with Irish politicians; Royal Irish Regiment formed
6 July – Strand Two talks in London between British and Irish Governments
8 July – Trouble at Ormeau Bridge during orange marching season

August

10 August – UDA proscribed
18 August – IPLO feud begins

September

23 September – IRA bomb Northern Ireland Forensic Science Laboratory
25 September – Major and Reynolds meet in London
31 September – IRA intervene in IPLO feud

October

November

15 November – IRA attempt to bomb Canary Wharf

December

16 December – Mayhew speech at Coleraine
22 December – Adams proposes UN solution for Northern Ireland

1993

January

5 January – IRA bombs in London
21 January – Major writes to Hume to reject calls for Bloody Sunday inquiry

February

8 February – Leaders of Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist Churches and Church of Ireland travel to USA
24 February – Major meets with Clinton

March

2 March – Mayhew claims Britain neutral on Northern Ireland’s constitutional position
20 March – Warrington bombs, IRA kill two children


25 March – UFF shoot four Catholics at building site in Castlerock

April

7 April – Gordon Wilson meets with IRA
10 April – Hume and Adams meet in Derry
21 April – Reynolds visits United States
23 April – Hume and Adams meet
24 April – IRA bomb Bishopsgate

May

5 May – Adams refused visa to visit USA
19 May – Local Government Election
27 May – Queen meets Mary Robinson

June

10 June – Jean Kennedy Smith appointed US Ambassador to Ireland


11 June – Queen visits Northern Ireland; Hume meets Adams
18 June – Mary Robinson meets Adams

July

6 July – Yorkshire Television documentary “Hidden Hand: The Forgotten Massacre” airs on Dublin and Monaghan bombs
15 July – UVF admits responsibility for Dublin and Monaghan bombs

August

14 August – ETA members visit Belfast and express support for IRA
19 August – Jean Kennedy Smith visits Northern Ireland

25 August – Red Hand Commando threatens bars where Irish folk music played

September

14 September – Jean Kennedy Smith fact-finding mission to Northern Ireland
16 September – Hume visits London
22 September – David Trimble criticises Hume-Adams dialogue
25 September – Hume-Adams statement issued.  The two made a series of statements over a number of years.  They are all linked http://www.sinnfein.ie/humes-adams-statements

October

4 October – IRA welcomes Hume-Adams statement
7 October – Hume meets Reynolds
23 October – IRA bombs Shankill Road

 

 


30 October – Greysteel attack: loyalists walk into the Rising Sun bar in the small Derry village and shout "trick or treat" before opening fire and killing eight.

November

7 November – Peace rally at Greysteel
20 November – Hume-Adams statement
28 November – Secret meeting between British and IRA

December

15 December – Downing Street Declaration http://www.dfa.ie/home/index.aspx?id=8734

23 December – Three day IRA ceasefire

Note

November 2012

This timeline will be continually updated and revised.  For a fuller, more detailed timeline of the troubles, please visit http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/othelem/chron.htm

1994

January

1 January – IRA plants 11 bombs in Belfast
7 January – Adams writes to Major on Downing Street Declaration
8 January – Adams writes to Irish News saying IRA could go on
15 January – Edward Kennedy calls for Clinton to grant Adams a visa
19 January – Irish broadcasting ban lifted
20 January – Major’s private secretary writes to Adams, no renegotiation of Downing Street Declaration
29 January – Adams granted American visitors visa

February

2 February – Adams promises not to disappoint those who helped grant visa
19 February – Major and Reynolds meet in London

March

1 March – John Major visit Washington DC
9 March – IRA mortar attack on Heathrow
11 March – IRA mortar attack on Heathrow


17 March – Clinton calls on IRA to lay down their arms
30 March – IRA announces three day ceasefire

April

6 April – IRA temporary ceasefire

9 April – IRA carry out attacks in Tyrone, Fermanagh and Belfast

24 April – IRA shoot dead two Protestant civilians
28 April – Mitchel McLaughlin given US visa to speak at conference in Cleveland

May

17 May – Two Catholic civilians killed by UVF
18 May – Two Catholic civilians killed by UVF

June

2 June – Chinook helicopter crash on Mull of Kintyre kills several leading intelligence experts


16 June – INLA kill three UVF members
17 June – UVF kill three Catholics
18 June – UVF kill six Catholics in Loughinisland


24 June – Major and Reynolds meet in Corfu

July

7 July – Prince Charles visits Derry
24 July – Sinn Fein conference in Letterkenny
31 July – IRA kill two UDA men

August

28 August – Hume Adams statement released
31 August – IRA ceasefire

September

7 September – Reynolds meets Al Gore at Shannon Airport
16 September – British broadcasting ban lifted
22 September – Al Gore meets with UUP members in Washington
23 September – USA grants Gerry Adams a visitors visa
24 September – Second Adams visit to USA
27 September – Hume nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

October

3 October – Anthony Lake, US National Security Adviser, announces US ended policy prohibiting contact with Sinn Fein
4 October – Adams meets with US government officials in Washington
13 October – CLMC ceasefire


23 October – McGuinness visits London, threatens end to ceasefire

November

1 November – Clinton announces US will contribute $30 million a year to International Fund for Ireland
19 November – Bertie Ahern new Fianna Fail leader

December

1 December – Clinton appoints George Mitchell as special economic adviser on Ireland


5 December – Adams in Washington, meets with Jean Kennedy Smith
14 December – Major announces £73 million investment package for Northern Ireland

1995

January

10 January – Gary McMichael calls for phased release of paramilitary prisoners
30 January – Bertie Ahern meets with UUP

February

9 February – Sinn Fein calls off meeting with Northern Ireland Office, claiming room was bugged


22 February – Framework Document

March

7 March – Patrick Mayhew announces three point plan for decommissioning in Washington
9 March – White House announces that Gerry Adams will be allowed to raise funds in United States
15 March – Ulster Democratic Party will send delegation to White House’s St Patrick’s Day reception
17 March – Adams attends White House reception; UDP delegation meets Edward Kennedy
24 March – Army patrols of Belfast suspended
28 March – Sinn Fein meet with Taoiseach John Bruton

April

4 April – Clinton meets with Major in Washington


15 April – Adams rules out decommissioning
23 April – Reports emerge about IRA’s TUAS document

May

3 May – Major visits Derry
7 May – Adams starts three week tour of United States
10 May – Sinn Fein meet Michael Ancram of Northern Ireland Office at Stormont
15 May – Bertie Ahern meets with PUP and UDP in Belfast; International Relations Committee in United States rules that MacBride Principles must be applied to International Fund for Ireland donation
24 May – Mayhew meets Adams at conference in Washington
25 May – Clinton addresses conference, calls for end to paramilitarism
31 May – Prince Charles visits Republic of Ireland

June

6 June – Ancram and Adams shake hands in Belfast

July

3 July – Lee Clegg released


9 July – standoff at Drumcree


11 July – Drumcree compromise
14 July – Hume and Adams travel to Dublin to meet Bruton
18 July – Secret meeting between Mayhew, Ancram and Adams

August

13 August – Adams tells demonstration at Belfast City Hall IRA haven’t gone away
27 August – Hume, Adams meet Reynolds in Mayo
30 August – Adams says Sinn Fein would consider proposals on decommissioning

September

1 September – IRA deny decommissioning will happen
8 September – David Trimble elected leader of UUP
16 September – Adams returns from week long visit to US; friends of Sinn Fein has raised nearly $1 million
19 September – UDP delegation visits Dublin
27 September – Strasbourg European Court of Human Rights rules Gibraltar shooting breached Human Rights Convention

October

1 October – Adams visits Scotland
4 October – William Crowe, US Ambassador to UK and Nancy Soderberg meet party representatives in Belfast
17 October – Anthony Lake, US National Security Adviser meets with Mayhew and Ancram
23 October – Dick Spring meets Trimble and Gusty Spence in Belfast
27 October – Paisley and Robinson meet Al Gore and Anthony Lake in Washington

November

1 November – Trimble meets Clinton in Washington
2 November – Adams article “Peace Process in Very Serious Difficulty” published
28 November – British and Irish Governments Joint Communique
29 November – Clinton arrives in London
30 November – Clinton arrives in Northern Ireland

December

1 December – Clinton travels to Dublin
4 December – Hume and Trimble meet in Belfast
8 December – Paul Devine killed by Direct Action Against Drugs
18 December – Francis Collins shot dead by DAAD
24 December – British Government pays £38,700 to families of Gibraltar three

1996

January

1 January – Ian Lyons shot dead by DAAD
24 January – Mitchell Report on Decommissioning
30 January – Gino Gallagher shot dead in INLA feud

February

7 February – Dick Spring proposes proximity style talks like those from Dayton for Bosnian groups
8 February – Spring travels to America to meet Clinton
9 February – IRA ceasefire ends with Canary Wharf bomb
15 February – IRA leave Semtex bomb in phone booth in London
18 February – IRA volunteer killed in premature bomb explosion in London
21 February – Hume and Adams meet IRA Army Council

March

4 March – Proximity Talks

April

3 April – Ron Brown, United States Commerce Secretary killed in plane crash
17 April – IRA bomb in Earls Court
20 April – Major and Clinton meet in Moscow
21 April – Ahern criticises Irish governments position on Northern Ireland
24 April – IRA bombs at Hammersmith Bridge

May

19 May – Royal Marine kills two then commits suicide
20 May – Adams will accept Mitchell Principles if others do
30 May – Northern Ireland Forum Elections

June

7 June – Garda Jerry McCabe killed by IRA in Limerick
10 June – Talks at Stormont
15 June – IRA bomb Manchester

July

7 July – Drumcree Standoff; Michael McGoldrick shot dead
11 July – Hugh Annesley allows Orangemen to walk along Garvaghy Road
12 July – Orangemen allowed to march along Ormeau Road
13 July – Continuity IRA bomb Killhevlin Hotel in Enniskillen

August

2 August – UVF stand down Mid-Ulster Brigade
10 August – Apprentice Boys of Derry agree not to walk along section of city walls
19 August – Jimmy Smith, 1983 Maze escapee, extradited from USA

September

3 September – Hugh Torney shot dead in INLA feud
9 September – INLA feud ends
11 September – Bruton addresses joint session of US Congress

October

7 October – IRA bomb Army HQ at Lisburn
11 October – Major warns that IRA cannot bomb its way into talks
12 October – Adams calls for Sinn Fein to be included in talks

November

5 November – Clinton wins re-election
8 November – Adams refused Australian visa
25 November – Roisin McAliskey detained after request from German police regarding mortar attack on Osnabruck barracks 28/6/1996

December

3 December – UUP delegation meets Al Gore in Washington
11 December – Martin Smyth resigns as Grand Master of the Orange Order, commented that Tony Blair was “disloyal” for marrying a Catholic; Chuck Feeney donates $240,000 to open Sinn Fein office in Washington
13 December – Tony Blair visits Northern Ireland; application for bail for Roisin McAliskey rejected, despite pregnancy
17 December – Major visits Northern Ireland; Bruton visits Clinton in Washington
19 December – Joe Kennedy visits Belfast

1997

January

5 January – John Hume article on SDLP-Sinn Fein links
13 January – Clinton calls for renewed IRA ceasefire
25 January – Sinn Fein announces candidates for General Election, including Adams and McGuinness
27 January – Irish MEPs visit Roisin McAliskey in prison
30 January – North Report into contentious parades

February

2 February – Sean O’Callaghan claims Adams had previously suggested killing Hume
4 February – Ken Maginnis suggests British government apologise for Bloody Sunday
11 February – Amnesty International issues International Urgent Alert for Roisin McAliskey case
12 February – Stephen Restorick killed
15 February – Mayhew says no official apology for Bloody Sunday
18 February – State Department issues visa to Sean O’Callaghan
22 February – Adams says new IRA ceasefire would be unequivocal

March

7 March – Roisin McAliskey’s status downgraded, stopping strip searches
10 March – Gerry Adams sends condolence letter to Restorick family
14 March – George Mitchell speaks at American Ireland Fund dinner in Washington; Senator Edward Kennedy calls for IRA ceasefire
20 March – Roisin McAliskey to stand in General Election
23 March – Roisin McAliskey’s name withdrawn
26 March – SAS wound Gareth Doris in Tyrone

April

5 April – Grand National cancelled after IRA bomb hoax
21 April – Series of IRA bomb hoaxes in London
27 April – Robert Hamill assaulted in Portadown

May

1 May – Labour wins General Election; Sinn Fein increases vote
3 May – Mo Mowlam appointed Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
8 May – Robert Hamill dies of injuries
16 May – Blair speech in Belfast
19 May – Adams and McGuinness travel to Westminster, denied access after refusing to take oath of allegiance to Queen
21 May – Local Government elections
26 May – Roisin McAliskey gives birth in prison
29 May – Clinton visits Tony Blair

June

2 June – Alban Maginness first nationalist Mayor of Belfast
3 June – Stormont talks resume
6 June – Fianna Fail led coalition win Irish General Election
11 June – Queen visits Northern Ireland
16 June – Two RUC officers killed

July

1 July – Garvaghy Road Residents Coalition organises street festival to clash with Orange March
6 July – Standoff at Drumcree
7 July – Gora Ebrahim, South African MP, compares Garvaghy Road to Sharpeville
9 July – End of rioting at Drumcree
10 July – Orange Order reroutes parades for 12th July
12 July – Parades pass relatively peacefully
18 July – Adams and McGuinness call on IRA to renew ceasefire
20 July – IRA renews ceasefire
27 July – James Marley hangs himself after paramilitary intimidation

August

12 August – Sinn Fein and UUP debate on TV
14 August – Adams and McGuinness granted visas to fundraise in USA
26 August – Agreement sets up Independent International Commission on Decommissioning; U2 concert in Botanic Gardens

29 August – Mowlam accepts veracity of IRA ceasefire

September

3 September – Adams vists United States, meets with Sandy Berger
4 September – Sinn Fein dinner in Waldorf hotel, addressed by Adams
9 September – Sinn Fein sign Mitchell Principles; Madeleine Albright asks Attorney General to suspend extradition of six former IRA members
15 September – Talks resume at Stormont

October

7 October – David Trimble misses talks to visit USA and meet Clinton
8 October – Trimble meets Blair in London; USA drops IRA from its list of terrorist organisations
17 October – Gary McMichael speaking tour of USA

November

6 November – Sinn Fein splits over Mitchell Principles
12 November – Irish Times reports South Armagh IRA men left in protest at Mitchell principles
13 November – Mowlam in USA

December

2 December – Mitchell comments on progress of talks
4 December – Adams and McGuinness meet with Speaker at House of Commons
11 December – Sinn Fein delegation at Downing Street
22 December – Ahern in Washington to meet Clinton
27 December – INLA murder LVF leader Billy Wright inside the Maze prison

1998

January

2 January – Roisin McAliskey committed for extradition


8 January – Bernadette Sands-McKevitt criticises peace process
9 January – Edward Kennedy speech in Derry
18 January – Jean Kennedy Smith called an IRA apologist by Ray Seitz
20 January – Adams accuses UDA of collaborating with LVF
22 January – RUC blames UFF for recent killings
23 January – UFF reinstates ceasefre
26 January – UDP expelled from talks because of UFF violence
29 January – Blair announces Bloody Sunday Inquiry

February

20 February – Sinn Fein expelled from talks after IRA accused of drug dealer and loyalist killings on 9 and 10 February

March

3 March – LVF kill two Catholics in Poyntzpass


8 March – Adams admits united Ireland not imminent
9 March – Roisin McAliskey not extradited by British Government, based on medical grounds
17 March – St Patrick’s Day parade in Belfast; Trimble in Washington along with other Northern Irish politicians
23 March – Sinn Fein back in talks
25 March – Mitchell sets deadline of 9 April for agreement
31 March – UN criticises RUC for intimidation

April

1 April – New peaceline built in White City
3 April – Rosemary Nelson travels to New York to inform UN about intimidation of Northern Irish lawyers


10 April – Good Friday Agreement


16 April – Opinion poll suggests 73% of Northern Irish people in favour of Good Friday Agreement
20 April – DUP aiming for 40% rejection of agreement
28 April – Chris Patten to chair Commission on future of RUC
29 April – Sir Kenneth Bloomfield publishes “We Will Remember Them”

May

1 May – Ronan MacLochlainn, Real IRA member, shot dead by Garda during robbery
7 May – Announcement of Real IRA formation


10 May – Sinn Fein ends abstention to Northern Ireland Assembly
15 May – LVF ceasefire
17 May – Blair says no plan B to agreement; Clinton and Blair joint statement
20 May – Blair makes pledges to audience at Coleraine; Clinton calls for yes vote
22 May – Agreement referendum
30 May – GAA retain Rule 21

June

25 June – Northern Ireland Assembly Election http://www.ark.ac.uk/elections/fa98.htm

July

1 July – First Meeting of Shadow Assembly
2 July – LVF attacks Catholic churches
5 July – Drumcree standoff begins fourth year http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/issues/parade/develop.htm
6 July – 10,000 at Drumcree
12 July – Quinn brothers killed in arson attack at their home in Ballymoney; Drumcree protest ends


13 July – Orange marches pass peacefully
14 July – Quinn brothers funeral
16 July – Clinton pledge to Lee Quinn
27 July – Bernadette Sands-McKevitt threat that violence would not end before British rule in Ireland

August

6 August – Mowlam statement that war is over
8 August – LVF says its war is over
15 August – Omagh Bomb


18 August – Real IRA suspends military activity
22 August – INLA ceasefire
26 August – Blair visits Omagh
27 August – Fruit of the Loom to move plants to Morocco, potential loss of 1,000 jobs

September

1 September – Adams Statement on violence
2 September – Guardsmen Fisher and Wright released from prison; Hillary Clinton arrives in Belfast
3 September – Clinton visit to Belfast


5 September – Clinton leaves from Shannon
7 September – Real IRA ceasefire
10 September – Adams and Trimble meet in Stormont
11 September – First paramilitary prisoners released under terms of Good Friday Agreement
22 September – Trimble in Dublin to meet Ahern

October

6 October – RUC officer O’Reilly dies from injuries sustained on 7 September
10 October – US Appeal Court overturns decision to extradite three men to Northern Ireland who had escaped from Maze
19 October – Trimble and McGuinness in London to meet Blair
31 October – Deadline for forming Executive missed

November

2 November – Ahern visits Stormont
13 November - LVF promise to decommission if IRA do
21 November – Linfield plays at Cliftonville for first time in 28 years

 

 


27 November – Soldiers serving in Derry on Bloody Sunday offered immunity from prosecution for providing evidence

December

10 December – Hume and Trimble receive Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo

1999

January

4 January – Mary Harney says no distinction between IRA and Sinn Fein
11 January – Blair emphasises importance of proving Good Friday Agreement working; trial of men accused of murder of Garda McCabe begins
15 January – UDP warn that former paramilitary prisoners without job opportunities could become involved in crime
20 January – LVF reportedly considering a second round of decommissioning
27 January – “Killing Rage” author, former IRA volunteer Eamon Collins murdered in Newry

February

3 February – Charges against men accused of murder of Jerry McCabe reduced to manslaughter, all plead guilty
8 February – Belfast Telegraph poll suggests 84% want immediate decommissioning
11 February – Report claims collusion in death of Pat Finucane
21 February – Eleven arrests made in connection with Omagh bomb
24 February – Colm Murphy charged at Special Criminal Court in Dublin with Omagh bombing
26 February – Blair and Ahern meet to discuss decommissioning

March

4 March – details emerge of British-Irish treaties
8 March – Treaties signed
11 March – Lee Clegg cleared
15 March – Rosemary Nelson murdered


16 March – Ahern in Washington, speaks on decommissioning
17 March – Clinton calls on NI leaders to lift sights above short term difficulties
18 March – Clinton, Blair, Ahern statement
26 March – Hume donates Nobel Peace Prize money to victims of violence
29 March – Blair and Ahern talks at Hillsborough

April

1 April – Hillsborough Declaration
3 April – Brian Keenan at Monaghan rally


12 April – UN report on RUC
20 April – US Congress calls for ending of joint FBI-RUC initiatives over allegations of lawyer intimidation

May

4 May – Adams calls for inquiry into 9/7/1972 shooting of five people by security forces
9 May – Murder of Brendan “Speedy” Fegan in Newry


11 May – Adams and McGuinness travel to London to meet Blair
12 May – Hillary Clinton begins two day visit to Ireland
13 May – Hillary Clinton addresses conference in Belfast
23 May – FBI concludes involvement in investigation into Rosemary Nelson murder
28 May – Body of Eamon Molloy found in Louth
29 May – George Robertson, Secretary for Defence, supporting anonymity of Parachute Regiment soldiers in Bloody Sunday Inquiry

June

10 June – European Parliament elections
11 June – Police Authority of Northern Ireland warns RUC will be overstretched at Drumcree
17 June – Martin McGartland, IRA informer, seriously injured in gun attack in England


18 June – Lee Clegg sentenced to four years for attempting to wound Martin Peake, immediately released
19 June – Ten arrests made in connection with Omagh bomb
28 June – Parades Commission instructs Orangemen to divert from Garvaghy Road when returning from Drumcree

July

2 July – The Way Forward issued; Clinton urges support of it
4 July – Drumcree protests, but march passes relatively quietly
5 July – Parades Commission re-routes Ormeau Road Orange march
12 July – No major incidents during parades
15 July – Attempt to form Northern Ireland Assembly fails
21 July – IRA rejects calls for decommissioning
27 July – Garda make arrests in gun-smuggling operation; FBI make arrests in Fort Lauderdale
29 July – American arrested in Galway in connection with gun smuggling ring

August

5 August – Victims Commission recommends inquiry into Dublin and Monaghan Bombs in 1974
8 August – INLA ends its war


17 August – Mowlam meets McGuinness, seeking information on arms smuggling

September

6 September – Mitchell Review of Good Friday Agreement
9 September – Patten Report recommends overhaul of RUC
14 September – Johnny Adair released under terms of Good Friday Agreement


18 September – 32 County Sovereingty Movement plans to build strongest Republican opposition ever
26 September – 600 march from Sandy Row to Stormont to protest terrorists in government positions

October

8 October – Clinton speech in Ottawa, criticised by Paisley
11 October – Peter Mandelson appointed Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
21 October – Adams in New York, statement on political talks
29 October – Garfield Gilmour sentences for murder of Quinn brothers

November

12 November – Four Irish Nationals in court in Florida over gun smuggling
18 November – Mitchell Review ends
23 November – RUC awarded George Cross


29 November – Meeting of Northern Ireland Assembly

December

2 December – Direct Rule ends
15 December – Marian Price refused US visa for Irish Freedom Committee event

2000

January

12 January – Adams meets with Clinton at White House, Clinton urges progress on decommissioning

February

11 February – Northern Ireland Assembly suspended
15 February – IRA announces it is withdrawing from talks with Independent International Commission on Decommissioning
19 February – David Shayler, former MI5 agent, alleges that John Lennon had contributed funds to the IRA

March

10 March – Harland and Wolff unsuccessful in bid to build Queen Mary II
27 March – Public hearings begin for Bloody Sunday Inquiry

April

May

4 May – Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern meet for political talks
6 May – IRA prepared to start process of decommissioning
9 May – Five military bases in Northern Ireland to close
10 May – Gerry Loughran first Catholic head of Northern Ireland Civil Service
14 May – Arms inspectors Cyril Ramaphosa and Marti Ahtisaari arrive in Northern Ireland
30 May – Devolution restored to Northern Ireland

June

1 June – Real IRA bomb at Hammersmith Bridge in London
26 June – IRA announces that arms inspectors have viewed its weapons

July

2 July – Violence at Drumcree
28 July – 76 paramilitary prisoners released from Maze Prison, the final releases under the Good Friday Agreement

August

21 August – Loyalist feud erupts with murder of two men
22 August – Johnny Adair re-arrested and returned to prison

September

October

13 October – Joseph O’Connor shot dead in Ballymurphy. O’Connor was believed to be a Real IRA member and was allegedly shot dead by the Provisional IRA.  Former IRA prisoner and political commentator Anthony McIntyre blames the PIRA and suffers continued intimidation

November

December

4 December – John Hume steps down as MP for Foyle
12 December – Bill Clinton makes his third and final visit as President to Ireland, accompanied by Hillary
13 December – Clinton in Belfast

2001

January

Sectarian pipe bomb attacks across Northern Ireland

February

March

4 March – Real IRA bomb BBC Television Centre
8 March – Blair and Ahern hold talks in Belfast

April

14 April – Real IRA bomb post office in London

May

3 May – Martin McGuinness confesses to having been second in command of IRA on Bloody Sunday
6 May – Real IRA plant second bomb at post office in London
17 May – Sean MacStiofain, first Chief of Staff of Provisional IRA dies
23 May – Bill Clinton makes first post-Presidential visit to Northern Ireland

June

19 June – Holy Cross protest in North Belfast

July

12 July – Violence during Orange Order parades

August

1 August – Implementation plan for Good Friday Agreement published
10 August – Northern Ireland Assembly suspended
11 August – Assembly restored
13 August – Colombia Three arrested
14 August – IRA withdraws plan for decommissioning
17 August – The updated Patten Report is published
20 August – Equality Commission for Northern Ireland publishes report on religious composition of workforce, imbalance between Catholics and Protestants has narrowed

September

3 September – School term starts and Holy Cross protest recommences
10 September – Richard Haass, the US Special Envoy, meets John Reid in London
11 September – Haass continues trip despite attacks in New York and Washington
12 September – Dissident republicans bomb RUC patrol in Derry
14 September – National day of mourning in Ireland for 9/11 attacks
21 September – Assembly suspended for one day, to provide for another six weeks to agree upon a First and Deputy First Minister
28 September – Martin O’Hagan, journalist for the Sunday World, shot dead in Lurgan

October

9 October – Adams and McGuinness meeting with Blair at Downing Street
10 October – Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission visits Holy Cross protest
14 October – McGuinness claims he is working to convince IRA to decommission
22 October – Adams asks IRA to decommission
23 October – IRA begins decommissioning; Ramaphosa and Ahtisaari resign

November

4 November – Police Service of Northern Ireland replaces the RUC
6 November – David Trimble elected First Minister and Mark Durkan elected Deputy First Minister

December

7 December – John Hume awarded Mahatma Ghandi Peace Prize
8 December – American Government announces it will resume training PSNI officers, which it had suspended in 1999
12 December – William Stobie, suspect in murder of Pat Finucane, murdered

2002

January

9 January - confrontations outside Holy Cross Girls School in Ardoyne

February

March

April

5 April - First recruits to the Police Service of Northern Ireland graduate

May

June

July

August

September

October

4 October - Stormont spygate: Sinn Fein's administrator at the Northern Ireland Assembly Denis Donaldson is arrested for intelligence-gathering.  Donaldson would later be "outed" as a British agent and is eventually murdered by dissident republicans.

14 October - Northern Ireland Asembly suspended

November

December

2003

January

February

1 February - UDA Brigadier John Gregg is shot dead in Belfast by a rival UDA faction, led by Johnny Adair

16 February - 100,000 in Dublin and 30,000 in Belfast march to oppose the invasion of Iraq

March

April

7 April - President George W. Bush in Northern Ireland for talks with Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern

May

June

July

August

31 August - the remains of Jean McConville are found on a beach in Louth. She was abducted, murdered and "disappeared" by the Provisional IRA in 1972 amidst allegations she was a British informer.  Her case is at the centre of the Boston College "Voices from the Grave" controversy.

September

October

November

27 November - DUP and Sinn Fein make massive gains in local elections

December

2004

January

February

March

27 March - Ulster Unionist Party's annual meeting, David Trimble retains the party leadership

April

May

June

30 June - estimated population of Northern Ireland exceeds 1.7 million

July

August

September

14 September - Mary McAleese, originally from Belfast, announces her intention to run for a second term as the President of Ireland

30 September - Ian Paisley meets with Bertie Ahern in Dublin

October

1 October - Mary McAleese re-elected unopposed for second term as the President of Ireland

November

December

8 December - Negotiations designed to restore power-sharing Assembly fail, decommissioning issue central

21 December - Northern Bank robbery, £22 million stolen from the branch in the centre of Belfast

2005

January

20 January - Robert McCartney murdered in lane beside Magennis's Bar in central Belfast

February

2 February - IRA statement in An Phoblacht withdraws its commitment towards decommissioning

9 February - Tony Blair apologises to Conlon and Maguire families who were wrongly convicted for Guildford and Woolwich bombings of 1974

17 February - Arrests in Cork connected to Northern Bank robbery

March

3 March - Sinn Fein suspends seven members over alleged involvement in Robert McCartney murder

17 March - McCartney sisters visit the United States and meet President Bush

April

May

5 May - UK General Election

7 May - David Trimble, who lost his seat in the General Election, resigns as UUP leader

June

24 June - IRA apologises for murder of Kathleen Feeney in Derry in 1973.  It had previously blamed the British Army and had murdered a soldier in retaliation

July

28 July - Provisional IRA orders its members to dump arms, declaring its war to be over

August

2 August - the British Army watchtower atop the Divis Tower in West Belfast is dismantled

September

14 September - Peter Hain, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, declares that the government no longer recognises the UVF ceasefire amidst a feud with the LVF

26 September - head of the Independent International Commission on Decommisioning, General John de Chastelain, declares that the Provisional IRA has completed the decommissioning of its weaponry

October

4 October - former UDA Brigadier Jim Gray is murdered

November

25 November - George Best dies

December

8 December - President McAleese meets Queen Elizabeth

19 December - first same-sex weddings are held in Northern Ireland

2006

January

February

25 February - Love Ulster parade in Dublin provokes violent clashes

March

April

May

15 May - Northern Ireland Assembly recalled with a view to electing an executive

June

July

1 July - President McAleese and members of all political parties in Ireland mark the 90th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme at Islandbridge, the National War Memorial

August

September

October

11 October - multi-party talks held in St Andrews bringing about the St Andrews Agreement

November

24 Novembe - Milltown bomber Michael Stone launches an attack at the Northern Ireland Assembly, which he later claims to have been "art".

December

2007

january

22 January - Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland declares that the RUC's Special Branch colluded with loyalist paramilitaries in Belfast between 1989 and 2002

28 January - Sinn Fein offers support for policing in Northern Ireland

February

March

7 March - Assembly Elections

April

May

8 May - Power devolved to Northern Ireland Assembly; Ian Paisley First Minister, Martin McGuinness Deputy First Minister (although the roles have equal power)

June

26 June - Al Hutchinson (former Assistant Commissioner of Royal Canadian Mounted Police), succeeds Nuala O'Loan as Police Ombudsman

28 June - Shaun Woodward appointed Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

July

17 July - North/South Ministerial Council meets, the first time the DUP has attended

August

September

October

November

December

13 December - IKEA store opens in Belfast near George Best City Airport

2008

January

23 January - Michael Campbell, brother of Real IRA member Liam, arrested in a sting in Lithuania attempting to buy weapons

February

6 February - Eamon O Cuiv, Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs announces €250,000 grant to allow Orange Lodges to employ a development officer

7 February - Northern Ireland Policing Board appoints panel of independent experts to review investigation into Omagh bomb

8 February - Shaun Woodward annouces that the Saville Inquiry into Bloody Sunday is costing £500,000 a month; it has not held hearings since 2005.  Total cost exceeds £180 million

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

2009

January

February

March

7 March - the Real IRA kills two British soldiers at Massareene Barracks in Antrim, Brian Shivers later convicted of the murder; Colin Duffy cleared

9 March - PSNI Constable Stephen Carroll shot dead by Continuity IRA in Lurgan

17 March - First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness meet with President Barack Obama in Washington 

April

May

6 May - Belfast International Airport announces investment plan

24 May - Kevin McDaid killed in sectarian attack in Coleraine

June

8 June - European Parliament elections

July

12 July - Shops open during the Orange marches for the first time

- Shot fired at police in Ardoyne during violence following the return parade

August

September

October

11 October - INLA announces its war is over

November

21 November - bomb left outside the Policing Board's headquarters, blamed on dissident republicans.

December

2010

January

6 January - UDA confirms all its weaponry has been put beyond use

8 January - PSNI Peadar Heffron loses legs after dissidents plant a bomb under his car.  He is one of a number of Catholic officers who are deliberately targeted by dissidents seeking to undermine Catholic support for the PSNI

- News of affair between Iris Robinson (wife of Peter) and student emerges

11 January - Peter Robinson takes leave of absence

20 January - Sinn Fein-DUP talks about devolution of policing and justice powers end

25 January - Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Taoiseach Brian Cowan meet at Hillsborough Castle for talks with parties

February

3 February - Peter Robinson returns but party is yet to accept deal over policing and justice powers

5 February - Justice and policing powers to be devolved to Northern Ireland from 12 April

6 February - Mark Durkan gives final address as SDLP leader

7 February - Margaret Ritchie succeeds Durkan

19 February - Mortar bomb in Keady

22 February - dissident car bomb in Newry near the courthouse

March

17 March - Robinson and McGuinness meet Obama in Washington

April

12 April - Justice and policing powers devolved to Northern Ireland

May

6 May - UK General Election, disastrous for UUP

June

July

August

September

22 September - Tom Elliott elected UUP leader

October

November

14 November - Gerry Adams announces he is to step down as Belfast West MP and run for election in the Dail

December

2011

January

26 January - Gerry Adams resigns from Westminster, having held the seat for all but four years since 1983

February

March

April

May

10 June - Paul Maskey succeeds Adams

June

July

August

September

October

November

6 November - Alasdair McDonnell elected new SDLP leader

December

2013

December

Richard Haass-led talks deliver paper designed to push parties towards agreement on issue of flags, parades, the past.  Proposals include an Historical Investigations Unit and an independent commission for the recovery of information which would be able to use immunity in certain cases.