2004 in Ireland
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|See also:||2004 in Northern Ireland
Other events of 2004
List of years in Ireland
Events from the year 2004 in Ireland.
- President – Mary McAleese (Fianna Fáil), since 1997.
- Taoiseach – Bertie Ahern (Fianna Fáil), since 1997.
- Dáil Éireann – 29th, since 2002.
- 1 January – Ireland assumed the Presidency of the European Commission.
- 1 January – Scouting Ireland was founded.
- 28 February – Five people were killed in a bus crash at Wellington Quay, Dublin.
- 16 March – The cooling towers of Rhode Power Station, near Kilbeggan, County Westmeath, were demolished.
- 27 March – Ireland's rugby team won the Triple Crown for the first time since 1985.
- 29 March – A smoking ban introduced by Minister for Health, Micheál Martin, came into effect in all pubs, restaurants, and work places.
- 9 April – Drinkers observed the Good Friday tradition of travelling by ferryboat across the Irish Sea to pubs in Welsh ports when Irish drinking establishments closed for the Catholic holy day.
- 20 April – Welsh pub landlords reported an increase in the number of Irish patrons visiting Wales where they could avoid the restrictions of Ireland's new smoking ban which prohibited smoking in Irish pubs. The Irish drinkers could travel to Wales by ferryboat for as little as £10 for a day-return ticket, smoke cigarettes while drinking, and pay lower prices for their alcohol.
- 1–25 May – Heads of government celebrated in Dublin as the European Union admitted ten new member states.
- June – The first phase of the Arklow Bank Wind Park, Ireland's first offshore wind farm, was commissioned.
- 16 June – The Grangegorman Development Bill was published by the Irish Government.
- 25 June – U.S. President George W. Bush arrived at Shannon Airport for an EU-U.S. summit.
- 30 June
- 20 July – The Minister for Finance, Charlie McCreevy, was appointed as Ireland's next European Commissioner.
- 7 August – Irish athlete Cathal Lombard was accused of taking performance enhancing drugs at the Olympic Games.
- 13 August – The Minister for Agriculture, Joe Walsh, announced his retirement from the Cabinet after seven years. He was the longest-serving agriculture minister in Europe.
- 27 August – Cian O'Connor won a gold medal for Ireland at the Olympic Games in Athens.
- 8 September – Former Taoiseach John Bruton was appointed E.U. Ambassador to the United States.
- 14 September – Mary McAleese announced her intention to run for a second term as President of Ireland.
- 29 September – Mary Coughlan was appointed Ireland's first female Minister for Agriculture.
- 30 September
- 1 October – As nominations for Presidential candidates closed, Mary McAleese was re-elected unopposed for a second term as President of Ireland.
- 2 October – Ireland's second national television channel, N2, reverted to its original name of RTÉ Two.
- 5 October – The Irish Government issued an Irish passport to British hostage Ken Bigley in an effort to secure his release from his Iraqi captors.
- 16 October – Taoiseach Bertie Ahern held discussions with United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan in Dublin.
- 19 October – Dublin-born aid worker Margaret Hassan was kidnapped in Iraq.
- 1 November – The International Equestrian Federation confirmed that part of the B sample of Waterford Crystal, the horse ridden by Olympic showjumping gold medallist Cian O'Connor, had been stolen in England.
- 3 November – Fran Rooney resigned as chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland.
- 9 November – Banned substances were confirmed in the B blood sample of the horse, Waterford Crystal.
- 11 November – Mary McAleese was inaugurated for a second term as President of Ireland.
- 15 November – Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Éamon Ó Cuív, had a lucky escape when his ministerial car was involved in a head-on collision with another car in County Kerry.
- 16 November – Irish-born aid worker, Margaret Hassan, was murdered by her captors in Iraq.
- 22 November – Bertie Ahern celebrated 10 years as leader of the Fianna Fáil Party.
- 8 December – Negotiated proposals to restore the power-sharing institutions to Northern Ireland by March failed to reach finality. The main sticking point was a refusal by the Irish Republican Army to allow photographs be taken of arms decommissioning and a refusal by the Democratic Unionist Party's Ian Paisley to witness disarmament himself.
- 16 December – In Colombia, the Penal Chamber of Bogotá's Supreme Tribunal handed down lengthy jail sentences to Niall Connolly, Martin McCauley, and James Monaghan for training Colombian Marxist rebels.
- 18 December – The 'Colombia Three', Niall Connolly, Martin McCauley and James Monaghan, were said to have fled the region where they were convicted of terrorist activities.
- 19 December – President McAleese convened a meeting of the Council of State to discuss the Health Amendment II Bill, which was presented the previous week by the Health Minister Mary Harney.
- 21 December – £22 million was stolen from the Northern Bank in Belfast.
- 31 December – The Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, pledged €10 million in aid to the people affected by the tsunami in South-East Asia.
Arts and literature
- 4 March – Dublin: Foundation, an historical novel by Edward Rutherfurd, was published.
- 27 August – The film Adam & Paul was released.
- Colm Tóibín's novel The Master was published.
- 1 January – Ireland took over from Italy as President of the European Council.
- 11 June
- European Parliament Election 2004 – Fine Gael emerged as the largest party, eclipsing Fianna Fáil by one seat. Two Independent MEPs were elected. The Labour Party won one seat and Sinn Féin took a seat for the first time ever.
- Local Elections, 2004 – Fianna Fáil's share of the vote fell sharply while all the other opposition parties made gains. Sinn Féin made a big breakthrough with a record number of councillors being elected.
- Cabinet Reshuffle – Michael Smith, Joe Walsh and Charlie McCreevy retired from the government. Brian Cowen became Minister for Finance and Dermot Ahern became Minister for Foreign Affairs. Mary Hanafin, Dick Roche, and Willie O'Dea joined the Cabinet table for the first time. Séamus Brennan was assigned to the position of Minister for Social and Family Affairs. Mary Coughlan becomes Ireland's first female Minister for Agriculture and Food.
- Ryder Cup
- Nissan Irish Open was won by Brett Rumford (Australia).
- Cian O'Connor and the horse Waterford Crystal won gold for Ireland in the equestrian event. O'Connor was later stripped of this title because the horse tested positive for a prohibited substance.
- 2004 Six Nations Championship
- 2003–04 Heineken Cup
- Only Munster advanced from the group stage and were defeated in the semi-finals.
- Football World Cup 2006 Qualification
Shelbourne defeated KR Reykjavík in the first qualifying round on away goals. In the second qualifying round, Shelbourne lost the first leg 3–2 away to Hajduk Split, but two late goals in the home leg at Tolka Park meant they became the first Irish team to make it to the third qualifying round. After a 0–0 draw with Deportivo de La Coruña in front of 25,000 fans at Lansdowne Road, the Irish team lost 3–0 in Spain.
Bohemians and Longford Town suffered disappointing first qualifying round defeats to FC Levadia Tallinn and FC Vaduz respectively. Shelbourne entered the first round proper after their Champions League third qualifying round exit, but missed out on a place in the UEFA Cup group stages. After a 2–2 draw at Lansdowne Road, Shelbourne lost 0–2 in the return leg against French side Lille.
- 5 February – Harry West, leader of the Ulster Unionist Party from 1974 to 1979, Stormont MP, Minister for Agriculture (born 1917).
- 18 February – Tommy Eglington, soccer player (born 1923).
- 2 March – Cormac McAnallen, Tyrone Gaelic footballer (born 1980).
- 4 March – Paddy Ruschitzko, Laois hurler (born 1917).
- 6 March – Tom Leonard, Fianna Fáil TD (born 1924).
- 24 March – Richard Leech, actor (born 1922).
- 7 April – Maureen Potter, singer, actress and comedian (born 1925).
- 8 April – Enda Colleran, former Gaelic footballer (born 1941).
- 12 April – Sean Delaney, former soccer player and coach (born 1949).
- 11 May – Mick Doyle, rugby player and coach, killed in car crash (born 1941).
- 3 June – Joe Carr, amateur golfer (born 1922).
- 6 June – Simon Cumbers, journalist murdered in Saudi Arabia (born 1968).
- 8 June – Kit Lawlor, soccer player (born 1922).
- 8 June – Máirín Lynch, widow of former Taoiseach Jack Lynch (born 1917).
- 24 June – Douglas Gageby, journalist and editor of The Irish Times (born 1918).
- 23 July – Joe Cahill, former Chief of Staff of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (born 1920).
- 16 November – Margaret Hassan, aid worker in Iraq, kidnapped and murdered by Iraqi insurgents (born 1945).
- 20 November – Ian Lewis, cricketer (born 1935).
- 2 December – Margaret Dolan, oldest woman in Ireland when she died aged 111 (born 1893).
- 8 December – Digby McLaren, geologist and palaeontologist in Canada (born 1919).
- 26 December – Frank Pantridge, physician, cardiologist and inventor of the portable defibrillator (born 1916).
- Full date unknown
- George Harrison, member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army and alleged gun-runner (born 1915).
- Clark, Rhodri (2004-04-20). "Welsh Pub Relief for Irish Smokers". Western Mail – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
- "Fags alot, say Irish". Sunday Mirror – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 2004-04-25.
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