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- 30 January – Postal workers entered a 20-day wildcat strike disrupting most of Belfast's delivery service.
- 25 February – Rioting took place in Dublin as Republican protesters organised counter protests to a "Love Ulster" (Unionist) parade in the city, which subsequently became violent.
- 17 March – New Oncology Centre was opened at Belfast City Hospital.
- 15 May – The members of the Northern Ireland Assembly were recalled 3½ years after the assembly was suspended, with a view to electing an executive, and having the suspension lifted.
- 22 May – Belfast City airport was renamed George Best Belfast City Airport on what would have been George Best's 60th birthday.
- 1 July – President Mary McAleese and leading representatives of all political parties in Ireland, north and south, marked the 90th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme at the National War Memorial, Islandbridge.
- 18 July – SS Nomadic (1911) returned to Belfast, where she was built.
- 11 October – Multi-party political talks on Northern Ireland were held in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, ending on 13 October and resulting in the St Andrews Agreement.
- 18 October – Northern Ireland overtook the Republic of Ireland in the FIFA rankings for the first time.
- 24 November – Loyalist Michael Stone, attempted to bomb the Northern Ireland Assembly on the first day of the 'transitional assembly' following the St Andrews Agreement and when nominations for first and deputy first minister were due to be made.
Arts and literature
- 2 September – Northern Ireland 0–3 Iceland
- 6 September – Northern Ireland 3–2 Spain
- 7 October – Denmark 0–0 Northern Ireland
- 11 October – Northern Ireland 1–0 Latvia
- (Antrim 5–13 : 1–07 Carlow)
- (Derry 5–15 : 1–11 Donegal)
- Ireland claimed the triple crown
- 5 January – Merlyn Rees 85, third Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
- 7 January – Alf McMichael, footballer (born 1927).
- 8 January – Tony Banks, Baron Stratford, former Labour Party MP and Minister for Sport (born 1943)
- 4 April – Denis Donaldson, volunteer in the Provisional Irish Republican Army, member of Sinn Féin, exposed in 2005 as an informer (born 1950).
- 11 April – Siobhán O'Hanlon, Sinn Féin official (born 1963).
- 30 April – Billy McComb, magician and comedian (born 1922).
- 22 May – Richard McIlkenny, one of the Birmingham Six.
- 21 June – Denis Faul, monsignor, Northern Ireland civil rights activist, chaplain to prisoners in Maze Prison during 1981 Irish Hunger Strike (born 1932).
- 17 August – Ken Goodall, international rugby player (born 1947).
- 20 August – Bryan Budd, Parachute Regiment Corporal killed on active service in Afghanistan and posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross (born 1977).
- 5 September – Anne Gregg travel writer and TV presenter (born 1940).
- 9 September – Darran Lindsay, motorcycle road racer, killed while practising (born 1971).
- 14 November – John Hallam, actor (born 1941).