2008 in Northern Ireland

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2008 in Ireland
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Events[edit]

  • 4 January – An unforecasted blizzard creates havoc across eastern Northern Ireland, with falls of 8 inches in one hour.
  • 22 January – Peter Robinson, Minister of Finance, releases the first final budget and programme for government, agreed by the Stormont executive.[1]
  • 23 January – The brother of a Real IRA leader is one of two Irish citizens arrested in Lithuania on suspicion of buying firearms and explosives for the Real IRA.[2]
  • 28 January – The appointment of four Commissioners Designate for Victims and Survivors is announced: Bertha McDougall, Patricia MacBride, Brendan McAllister and Mike Nesbitt.[3]
  • 29 January – Environment Minister, Arlene Foster, refuses developer, Seymour Sweeney, planning permission for a Giant's Causeway visitor centre, reversing her earlier position of "being minded" to approve it.[4]
  • 29 January – PSNI Historical Enquiries Team is to reopen files on 124 deaths resulting from fatal shootings by British Army soldiers between 1970 and 1973.[5]
  • 1 February – Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, travels to Ballymena to meet First Minister, Ian Paisley, and open a resort and spa.[6]
  • 6 February – Éamon Ó Cuív, Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, announces €250,000 grant to allow Orange Lodges to employ a development officer.[7]
  • 7 February – Northern Ireland Policing Board decide to appoint a panel of independent experts to carry out a review of the police investigation into the Omagh bombing. Relatives still seek a public inquiry.[8]
  • 8 February, Secretary of State, Shaun Woodward reveals that the Bloody Sunday Inquiry is still costing £500,000 a month although it has not held hearings since 2005. The total cost of the Inquiry has reached £181.2m and will not report until the second half of 2008.[9]
  • 8 February – Economy Minister, Nigel Dodds, officially opens Invest NI's first office in India, in Mumbai.[10]
  • 6 March – Victoria Square, commercial, residential and leisure development in Belfast is opened.
  • 7 August – DUP NI Assembly member, Mervyn Storey, who chairs the Assembly education committee, calls for creationism to be taught alongside evolution in schools in Northern Ireland.[11]
  • 16 August – Flash floods occurred over all of Northern including Counties Antrim, Down and Armagh. Many rivers were flooded, cutting off traffic to several towns. The newly constructed Broadway Underpass in west Belfast was under 15 ft of flood water. 3/4 of the rain in August fell in a 24 hour period.

Government[edit]

Arts and literature[edit]

Sport[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Football[edit]

  • Internationals
18 January – Nigel Worthington is reappointed as manager of the Northern Ireland International team.[16]
6 February – Northern Ireland 0 – 1 Bulgaria
26 March – Northern Ireland 4 – 1 Georgia
20 August – Scotland 0 – 0 Northern Ireland
  • World Cup 2010 Qualifiers[17]
6 September – Slovakia v Northern Ireland
10 September – Northern Ireland v Czech Republic
11 October – Slovenia v Northern Ireland
15 October – Northern Ireland v San Marino
  • 29 January – Local developer, Doug Elliott, announces that he will put up the rest of the money required by the George Best Memorial Fund to raise a life-size bronze sculpture of George Best, and would manage delivery of the project.[18]

GAA[edit]

Rugby Union[edit]

2 February – Ireland 16 – 11 Italy
9 February – France 26 – 21 Ireland
23 February – Ireland 34-13 Scotland
8 March – Ireland 12–16 Wales
15 March – England 33-10 Ireland

Deaths[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Northern Ireland’s most confident Budget for decades was laid before the Assembly today". Department of Finance and Personnel News. Archived from the original on 9 February 2008. Retrieved 27 January 2008. 
  2. ^ McDonald, Henry (23 January 2008). "Real IRA man's brother arrested in Lithuania weapons sting". The Guardian (UK). Archived from the original on 24 January 2008. Retrieved 8 February 2008. 
  3. ^ "Statement issued by the Commissioners Designate for Victims and Survivors". Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister News. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2008. 
  4. ^ Gordon, David (29 January 2008). "Foster ditches Sweeney centre". The Belfast Telegraph. pp. 1–2. 
  5. ^ McDaid, Brendan (29 January 2008). "PSNI team to probe shootings by soldiers". The Belfast Telegraph. p. 3. 
  6. ^ McGinn, Dan (1 February 2008). "Taoiseach bound for Ballymena". The Belfast Telegraph. p. 2. 
  7. ^ McNeilly, Claire (5 February 2008). "Dublin funds new Orange post". The Belfast Telegraph. p. 5. 
  8. ^ McAleese, Deborah (7 February 2008). "Dad raps Omagh review". The Belfast Telegraph. p. 2. 
  9. ^ Thornton, Chris (8 February 2008). "Bloody Sunday probe costing £500k a month". The Belfast Telegraph. p. 4. 
  10. ^ Bardgett, Graham (8 February 2008). "Invest NI opens Indian office". The Belfast Telegraph. p. 18. 
  11. ^ Dumigan, Niall (7 August 2008). "Darwin latest target of DUP as creationists challenge evolution". The Irish Times. Archived from the original on 30 August 2008. Retrieved 1 September 2008. 
  12. ^ McCreary, Matthew (8 February 2008). "£1m ’new dawn’ deal for Queen’s Festival". The Belfast Telegraph. p. 1. 
  13. ^ McCreary, Matthew (8 February 2008). "Festival future looks bright with £1m deal". The Belfast Telegraph. p. 3. 
  14. ^ Sansom, Ian (21 April 2012). "David Park". The Guardian Review (London). pp. 12–13. 
  15. ^ "Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon 2008". Belfast City Marathon. Retrieved 27 January 2008. 
  16. ^ "Nigel looks to the future". Irish Football Association. Retrieved 27 January 2008. 
  17. ^ "Matches – 2010 FIFA World Cup". FIFA. Archived from the original on 27 March 2008. Retrieved 27 January 2008. 
  18. ^ O'Hara, Victoria (29 January 2008). "Best memorial plan rescued by fan". The Belfast Telegraph. p. 3. 
  19. ^ Heaney, Seamus (28 August 2008). "David Hammond". The Guardian (London). Archived from the original on 6 October 2008. Retrieved 1 September 2008.