2010 in Northern Ireland

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Events[edit]

January[edit]

  • 6 January – Ulster Defence Association (UDA) confirms that all weaponry under its control has been put verifiably beyond use.[1]
  • 8 January – PSNI Constable Peadar Heffron seriously injured as a bomb explodes under his car in Randalstown. Dissident republicans have been blamed for the attack.[2][3]
  • 8 January – Iris Robinson scandal emerges.
  • 11 January – Peter Robinson temporarily steps aside as First Minister, designating Arlene Foster to act in his place.[4]
  • 20 January – Talks between Sinn Féin and the DUP about the devolution of policing and justice powers to the Northern Ireland administration come to an end.[5]
  • 23 January – Sinn Féin party executive meets to discuss talks position.[6]
  • 25 January – Prime Minister, Gordon Brown and Taoiseach Brian Cowen travel to Hillsborough Castle for talks with the parties.[7]
  • 26 January – The two Prime Ministers remain in the Hillsborough Castle talks and all-party discussions begin.[8]
  • 27 January – The two Prime Ministers leave without an agreement being reached, giving the parties 48 hours to reach agreement, otherwise the governments would publish plans for moving the political process forward.[9]
  • 31 January – Talks, which have continued all week, break for the day with reports of "considerable progress" having been made.[10]
  • 31 January – At the annual Bloody Sunday commemoration march, the victim's families call for the immediate release of the delayed Saville Inquiry report.[11]

February[edit]

  • 3 February – Peter Robinson resumes role as First Minister, but has yet to convince his party to accept a deal.[12]
  • 5 February – Justice and policing powers to be devolved to Northern Ireland's power-sharing government from 12 April 2010 following agreement between Sinn Féin and the DUP. Endorsed by presence of British and Irish Prime Ministers.[13][14]
  • 6 February – Mark Durkan delivers his final address to the SDLP as party leader at its annual conference in Newcastle, County Down, where a new leader will be elected.[15]
  • 7 February – SDLP elect Margaret Ritchie (current Minister for Social Development) as new party leader, becoming the first female leader of a major NI party.[16]
  • 19 February – Mortar bomb is abandoned near a police station in Keady, supposedly by Dissident republicans, leading to a long security alert.[17]
  • 22 February – Car bomb weighing up to 250 lbs explodes outside Newry Courthouse damaging buildings. No-one was killed or injured and Dissident republicans are blamed for the attack.[18]

March[edit]

April[edit]

  • 12 April – Justice and policing powers to be devolved to Northern Ireland's power-sharing government.[14]

May[edit]

September[edit]

November[edit]

  • 14 November – Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams announces that he plans to step down as an MP and Stormont assembly member to stand for election in the Irish Republic.[20]

December[edit]

  • 29 December – Thousands of bottles of bottled water are sent to Northern Ireland by the Scottish Government to help supply households cut off from mains supplies[21]

Government[edit]

Arts and literature[edit]

Sport[edit]

Rugby Union[edit]

  • 6 January – Ireland 29-11 Italy[31]
  • 13 February – France 33-10 Ireland
  • 27 February – England 16-20 Ireland
  • 13 March – Ireland-Wales
  • 20 March – Ireland-Scotland

GAA[edit]

Deaths[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UDA confirm guns decommissioned". BBC NI News. 6 January 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Car bomb officer Peadar Heffron's leg amputated". BBC NI News. 13 January 2010. Archived from the original on 16 January 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Robinson and McGuinness condemn attack on policeman in Randalstown". NI Executive – OFMDFM Press Release (8 January 2010). Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Peter Robinson steps aside as NI first minister". BBC NI News. 11 January 2010. Archived from the original on 14 January 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Northern Ireland policing devolution talks end". BBC NI News. 20 January 2010. Archived from the original on 22 January 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Robinson 'surprised' at Sinn Féin saying talks are over". BBC NI News. 22 January 2010. Archived from the original on 26 January 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Brown and Cowen 'making progress' in NI talks". BBC NI News. 25 January 2010. Archived from the original on 28 January 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "All-party Northern Ireland crisis talks begin". BBC NI News. 26 January 2010. Archived from the original on 29 January 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  9. ^ McDonald, Henry (27 January 2010). "Brown gives parties 48 hours to salvage Northern Ireland power-sharing". The Guardian (27 January 2010) (London). Retrieved 27 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Parties say 'progress' being made at NI talks". BBC NI News. 31 January 2010. Archived from the original on 3 February 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "Families demand Bloody Sunday inquiry publication". BBC NI News. 31 January 2010. Archived from the original on 3 February 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  12. ^ McDonald, Henry (3 February 2010). "Peter Robinson returns as Northern Ireland first minister". The Guardian (3 February 2010) (London). Archived from the original on 6 February 2010. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  13. ^ a b McDonald, Henry (5 February 2010). "Northern Ireland agrees power-sharing deal". The Guardian (5 February 2010) (London). Archived from the original on 6 February 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  14. ^ a b "Northern Ireland justice powers to be devolved in April". BBC News NI (5 February 2010). 5 February 2010. Archived from the original on 8 February 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  15. ^ "Mark Durkan final address as SDLP leader". BBC NI News. 6 February 2010. Archived from the original on 9 February 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  16. ^ "Margaret Ritchie new SDLP leader". BBC NI News. 7 February 2010. Archived from the original on 11 February 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  17. ^ "Mortar bomb left near Keady police station". BBC News NI (19 February 2010). 19 February 2010. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  18. ^ "'Sheer miracle' that Newry court bomb did not kill". BBC News NI (23 February 2010). 23 February 2010. Archived from the original on 26 February 2010. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  19. ^ "President Obama welcomes NI justice deal". BBC News NI (5 February 2010). 5 February 2010. Archived from the original on 8 February 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  20. ^ Gerry Adams to run for seat in Irish parliament BBC News, 14 November 2010
  21. ^ Scotland sends bottled water to Northern Ireland BBC News, 29 December 2010
  22. ^ "Plaque to mark Belfast playwright". BBC NI News. 26 January 2010. Archived from the original on 30 January 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  23. ^ "New opera company for Northern Ireland". Arts Council of Northern Ireland (26 January 2009). Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  24. ^ "Belfast 4 Haiti work=Belfast 4 Haiti website". Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  25. ^ "Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's". Festival website. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  26. ^ Sansom, Ian (21 April 2012). "David Park". The Guardian Review (London). p. 12. 
  27. ^ "Kris Meeke crashes out of the IRC Monte Carlo Rally". BBC NI News. 21 January 2010. Archived from the original on 25 January 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  28. ^ "Nelson McCausland welcomes top athletes to Antrim". NI Executive – DCAL Press Release (23 January 2010). Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  29. ^ "2010 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon". Belfast City Marathon website. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  30. ^ "NI MIlk Cup 2010". Discover Northern Ireland. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  31. ^ Aylwin, Michael (6 February 2010). "James Heaslip and Tomás O'Leary score tries as Ireland ease past Italy". The Guardian (6 February 2010) (London). Archived from the original on 10 February 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2010.