2018 in Ireland

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Events during the year 2018 in Ireland.



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  • 1 January –
    • Teachtaí Dála rang in the new year with a pay increase of €3,600, with a further increase to follow in October, bringing the total increase in 2018 to €4,500, yielding an annual salary of €94,500.[5]
    • The Road Safety Authority published provisional statistics for 2017, which showed a 15% drop in road deaths compared with the previous year. A total of 158 people lost their lives on Ireland's roads compared to 186 lives lost in 2016. It represented 28 fewer fatalities on the previous year and was the lowest figure for annual road deaths since they were first officially recorded in 1959.[6]
  • 2 January –
    • A record 656 patients were on trolleys or on wards waiting for admission to a bed, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.[7]
    • Met Éireann issued two Status Orange warnings as Storm Eleanor swept across the country bringing gusts of up to 130km/h and flooding in some areas. Up to 55,000 ESB customers in the west and north west of the country were left without power.[8]
  • 3 January – The level of hospital overcrowding increased to a national record of 677 patients, according to the latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.[9]
  • 4 January – Taoiseach Leo Varadkar apologised to patients who have experienced long delays and waits on trolleys in emergency departments as the Health Service Executive revealed that there were 12 children on trolleys in the three children's hospitals in Dublin. [10]
  • 6 January – The diocese of Down and Connor suspended the sign of peace between people at mass in response to the surge in cases of influenza.[11]
  • 7 January – Met Éireann issued a Status Orange low temperature warning for many counties, with temperatures plummeting to as low as -6C over night.[12]
  • 8 January – Sinn Féin MP Barry McElduff was suspended from all party activity for three months after he posted a video online that relatives of the victims of the 1976 Kingsmill massacre described as callous and offensive. He resigned as an MP a week later.[13]
  • 12 January – Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney met new Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley for the first time. The two ministers discussed the re-establishment of power-sharing in the north.[14]
  • 14 January – The Citizens' Assembly recommendeded a ban on anonymous donations to political parties and campaign groups, weekend voting and lowering the voting age to 16.[15]
  • 15 January – Gardaí announced that they are to conduct a review into the death of a baby whose body was found on a beach at Cahersiveen in County Kerry 33 years ago.[16]
  • 16 January – Gardaí apologised to Joanne Hayes for the stress and pain she was put through as part of the original investigation into the murder of 'Baby John' in Kerry in 1984.[17]
  • 17 January –
    • Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that the European Union is at a decisive point in its future when he addressed MEPs in the European Parliament in the first of a series of debates between EU government leaders and MEPs on the future of the EU.[18]
    • Opening statements on the Report of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment were made in the Dáil, with Minister for Health Simon Harris describing the commencement of the debate as an historic one.[19]
  • 18 January –
  • 20 January – Mary Lou McDonald was confirmed as Sinn Féin's President-elect by Gerry Adams at a meeting of the party Ard Comhairle and its Northern region organisation in Belfast. She was he only candidate for the leadership.[22]
  • 25 January – The Dáil passed legislation to allow the sale of alcohol on Good Friday for the first time in over 90 years.[23]
  • 27 January – Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced that he will be campaigning for more liberal abortion laws in the forthcoming referendum on the repeal of the Eighth Amendment.[24]
  • 29 January –
    • It was announced that Michelle O'Neill is to be the new deputy leader of Sinn Féin after it was confirmed she was the only candidate nominated for the post.[25]
    • The Cabinet gave formal approval to the holding of a referendum on the Eighth Amendment.[26]


  • 3 February – Brexit supporter Nigel Farage said at a Dublin conference that there was “a gap in the political market” in Ireland for a party to push for an Irish exit from the European Union.[27]
  • 5 February – More than 30 homes in 12 counties were searched as part of an investigation into the possession and distribution of child abuse images.[28]
  • 7 February – More than 30 secondary school students and two adults were taken to hospital after a school bus and a car collided in Caherconlish, County Limerick.[29]
  • 9 February – The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said the UK's decision to leave the EU single market and customs union will mean checks at the Irish border are "unavoidable".[30]
  • 10 February – Mary Lou McDonald was formally elected as President of Sinn Féin at a special Ard Fheis at the RDS.[31]
  • 12 February – Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Theresa May held talks at Stormont in an effort to resolve the deadlock in establishing the Executive.[32]
  • 14 February – A three-year-old girl died following an alleged assault at her home in Dublin the previous Saturday.[33]
  • 16 February – The government launched a €116 billion development plan for the country. Project Ireland 2040 is aiming to spread economic development across the country which will see a population expansion of one million people over the lifetime of the plan.[34]
  • 20 February – The proposed wording that would be inserted in the Constitution should people vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment has been agreed by the Cabinet.[35]
  • 25 February – Aodhán Ó Conchúir, a 14-year-old student at Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, died following a head injury sustained while playing in a football match in Dingle.[36]
  • 28 February – Met Éireann issued a red weather warning, its most severe alert, for all of Munster and Leinster as the Beast from the East weather event arrived.[37]


  • 1 March – The Status Red snow and ice warning was extended to the entire country with blizzard conditions expected. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar called on people to heed public safety warnings about the blizzard conditions that are expected and to be safe at home by 4pm on Thursday.[38]
  • 2 March –
    • Two separate weather warnings were in place for the country tonight as blizzard-like conditions and exceptionally high accumulations of snow were expected with the arrival of Storm Emma.[39]
    • Leo Varadkar ordered a general review of the Government's Strategic Communications Unit (SCU) after a week of controversy over advertorials for Project Ireland 2040.[40]
  • 3 March – A vote in Lisdoonvarna returned a 93% rejection of plans by the Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) to house asylum seekers in the King Thomond Hotel.[41]
  • 4 March – A 27-year-old man appeared in court in Dundalk charged with the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe in County Louth just over five years earlier.[42]
  • 5 March – Thousands of people were without electricity, while water rationing was imposed in some areas as the country recovered from the recent bad weather.[43]
  • 6 March – Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary becomes Ireland’s latest billionaire, earning himself a place on Forbes’s annual billionaire ranking.[44]
  • 8 March –
    • The Cabinet agreed to hold a referendum asking voters to repeal the Eighth Amendment and “provision be made in law for the regulation of termination of pregnancy”.[45]
    • Former President Mary McAleese criticised the Catholic Church as "an empire of misogyny".[46]
  • 10 March – Tens of thousands of people marched through Dublin in one of the country's biggest ever anti-abortion demonstrations.[47]
  • 12 March –
    • The Taoiseach, speaking at an event in Oklahoma, thanked members of the Choctaw Nation for the generosity shown by their ancestors to Ireland during the Great Famine.[48]
    • There were 714 patients on trolleys or on wards awaiting admission to a hospital bed – the highest number ever recorded.[49]
  • 14 March –
    • 36 people were arrested following days of Garda activity in the Kilkenny-Carlow area aimed at preventing crime and disrupting criminal activity.[50]
    • Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed that an invite to US President Donald Trump to visit Ireland extended by his predecessor Enda Kenny still stands.[51]
    • Students occupying Trinity College Dublin's dining hall in a protest over extra charges were denied access to toilets and water by security at the college, according to the students' union.[52]
  • 15 March – Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met US President Donald Trump in the White House where Trump said he would like to visit Ireland soon.[53] He later had to clarify that he had not interfered in the planning process four years previously when Trump had asked him to intervene to block the creation of a wind farm near Trump's Doonbeg golf resort.
  • 16 March – The Taoiseach met US Vice President Mike Pence at his official residence. In a break with protocol, the media were not in attendance, however, it is understood that the Taoiseach did raise the issue of gay rights.[54]
  • 17 March –


Gaelic games

2018 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final
  • 19 August – TBD vs. TBD
2018 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final
  • 2 September – TBD vs. TBD

Association football

International friendly matches

Rugby union





  • 3 March –
    • Emma Hannigan, 45, author, cancer.[91]
    • Fred Perry, 84, businessman and golf official, road traffic collision.[92]
  • 8 March – Pearse Lyons, 73, businessman, complications following heart surgery.[93]
  • 10 March –
  • 13 March – Mossback, 6, horse, euthanized following a leg break.[96]
  • 14 March – Liam O'Flynn, 72, uileann piper, cancer.[97]
  • 16 March –
    • Dresden, 9, horse, euthanized following a back injury.[98]
    • Sansend, 5, horse, euthanized following a leg break.[99]
    • Some Plan, 9, horse, euthanized following an injury.[100]


  1. ^ Ireland to hold abortion referendum weeks before pope's visit The Guardian, 2017-09-26.
  2. ^ Pope Francis to visit Ireland in 2018 The Guardian, 2016-11-28.
  3. ^ Pope to address controversial issues at World Meeting of Families in Dublin RTÉ, 2017-01-17.
  4. ^ Pope expected to attend two events in Ireland next year RTÉ, 2017-09-30
  5. ^ Happy new year for TDs - who wake up to a €3,600 pay hike Irish Independent, 2018-01-01.
  6. ^ Road deaths at lowest level on record in 2017 Irish Independent, 2018-01-02.
  7. ^ Record 656 patients waiting for hospital bed RTÉ News, 2018-01-02.
  8. ^ Storm Eleanor: 55,000 ESB customers without power amid flooding and high winds breakingnews.ie, 2018-01-02.
  9. ^ Hospital overcrowding increases to record level of 677 patients RTÉ News, 2018-01-03.
  10. ^ Taoiseach apologises to patients over emergency department delays RTÉ News, 2018-01-05.
  11. ^ Diocese bans the ‘sign of peace’ amid Australian flu fears Irish Times, 2018-01-06.
  12. ^ Orange weather warning in place as temperatures plummet RTÉ News, 2018-01-07.
  13. ^ Sinn Féin MP suspended for three months over Kingsmill video RTÉ News, 2018-01-08.
  14. ^ Significant challenges over power-sharing - Coveney RTÉ News, 2018-01-12.
  15. ^ Citizens' Assembly recommends raft of referendum changes RTÉ News, 2018-01-14.
  16. ^ Garda to begin review into 1984 Kerry Babies case Irish Examiner, 2018-01-15.
  17. ^ 'Baby John deserves the truth' - gardaí in public appeal as apology issued to Joanne Hayes over Kerry Babies investigation Irish Independent, 2018-01-16.
  18. ^ Five things the Taoiseach said in his special address to the European Parliament Irish Independent, 2018-01-17.
  19. ^ Harris raises Kerry babies and Ann Lovett cases in abortion debate Irish Times, 2018-01-17.
  20. ^ Blunder sees Shane Ross almost vote against his own drink-driving crackdown in the Dáil Irish Independent, 2018-01-18.
  21. ^ "Eighth Amendment 'causes real damage to women' - Martin". RTÉ. 18 January 2018. Retrieved 19 January 2018. 
  22. ^ 'I feel an enormous sense of pride' - Mary Lou McDonald is the sole candidate in race for Sinn Féin party president Irish Independent, 2018-01-20.
  23. ^ Pubs to open on Good Friday almost 100 years after ban was introduced Irish Independent, 2018-01-25.
  24. ^ Taoiseach to campaign to liberalise abortion laws RTÉ News, 2018-01-27.
  25. ^ Michelle O'Neill the only candidate for Sinn Féin deputy role RTÉ News, 2018-01-29.
  26. ^ Cabinet agrees to hold referendum on Eighth Amendment RTÉ News, 2018-01-29.
  27. ^ Nigel Farage spots ‘gap’ in Irish political market for Irexit party Irish Times, 2018-02-03.
  28. ^ 30 homes in 12 counties searched in operation over child abuse images RTÉ News, 2018-02-05.
  29. ^ Thirty-six treated in hospital after school bus crash in Limerick Irish Times, 2018-02-07.
  30. ^ Davis highlights contradiction between EU and Barnier RTÉ News, 2018-02-09.
  31. ^ Mary Lou McDonald assumes Sinn Féin leadership insisting 'the war is long over' Irish Independent, 2018-02-10.
  32. ^ May says there is 'basis for an agreement' at Stormont RTÉ News, 2018-02-12.
  33. ^ Girl, 3, dies following alleged assault in Dublin RTÉ News, 2018-02-14.
  34. ^ More homes, schools, hospitals and transport links in Govt development plans RTÉ News, 2018-02-16.
  35. ^ Cabinet agrees draft wording for Constitution should people vote for repeal RTÉ News, 2018-02-20.
  36. ^ Boy (14) dies following collision during GAA match in Co Kerry Irish Times, 2018-02-25.
  37. ^ Beast from the East: Status Red snow alert in place until Friday Irish Times, 2018-02-28.
  38. ^ Status Red alert issued for all counties ahead of blizzard RTÉ News, 2018-03-01.
  39. ^ Blizzard-like conditions, heavy snow expected in parts of country RTÉ News, 2018-03-02.
  40. ^ Varadkar orders review of communications unit Irish Independent, 2018-03-02.
  41. ^ Lisdoonvarna votes 93% against asylum seekers Irish Examiner, 2018-03-03.
  42. ^ Man charged with murder of Garda Adrian Donohoe Irish Examiner, 2018-03-04.
  43. ^ Thousands lack power or water after Storm Emma Irish Examiner, 2018-03-05.
  44. ^ Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary joins Forbes billionaire list Irish Times, 2018-03-06.
  45. ^ Cabinet agrees to table legislation to hold an abortion referendum Irish Times, 2018-03-08.
  46. ^ Catholic Church 'an empire of misogyny' - Mary McAleese BBC News, 2018-03-08.
  47. ^ Huge crowds join pro-life march in city Irish Independent, 2018-03-11.
  48. ^ Taoiseach announces Choctaw scholarship programme RTÉ News, 2018-03-12.
  49. ^ Number of patients on hospital trolleys hits new high of 714 Irish Times, 2018-03-12.
  50. ^ 36 people arrested in Kilkenny and Carlow RTÉ News, 2018-03-14.
  51. ^ Taoiseach to invite Trump to Ireland Irish Times, 2018-03-14.
  52. ^ Trinity denies student protesters' claim that they have been locked in with no food or toilet access Irish Examiner, 2018-03-14.
  53. ^ Donald Trump tells Taoiseach he plans to visit Ireland Irish Times, 2018-03-15.
  54. ^ Mike Pence refuses to answer questions about media ban or marriage equality as Varadkar attends breakfast meeting Irish Independent, 2018-03-16.
  55. ^ Thousands attend St Patrick's Day parades RTÉ News, 2018-03-17.
  56. ^ "Grand Slam glory as Ireland dominate England in Twickenham". RTÉ. 18 March 2018. Retrieved 18 March 2018. 
  57. ^ Turkey vs Republic of Ireland FAI.ie. Retrieved 2017-12-24.
  58. ^ France vs Republic of Ireland FAI.ie. Retrieved 2017-12-24.
  59. ^ "Ireland win Six Nations after England lose to France". Planet Rugby. 10 March 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2018. 
  60. ^ "Grand Slam glory as Ireland dominate England in Twickenham". RTÉ. 18 March 2018. Retrieved 18 March 2018. 
  61. ^ The death has occurred of Michael (Mick) MURPHY, rip.ie
  62. ^ Former Galway hurling legend Tim Sweeney dies aged 88, galwaybayfm.ie
  63. ^ Ex-judge and ‘barrister to underdog’ Donal Barrington dies, irishtimes.com
  64. ^ Sad death of 1964 All Ireland winning Tipperary captain Michael Murphy, nationalist.ie
  65. ^ Former attorney general Peter Sutherland dies aged 71, irishtimes.com
  66. ^ Former Donegal Fine Gael TD Paddy Harte dies at 86, rte.ie
  67. ^ Death of former Tyrone panellist Christopher Colhoun, hoganstand.com
  68. ^ Death of former Curragh trainer Kennedy
  69. ^ Sad death of Clonmel man Jim Kennedy, one of the founding fathers of ladies football, nationalist.ie
  70. ^ Death of Kay Crowley (neé Toal), former continuity Announcer., superannrte.ie
  71. ^ Death of St Vincent de Paul's Prof John Monaghan, rte.ie
  72. ^ Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan dies suddenly, rte.ie
  73. ^ Death of Louise McDermott - former Radio Continuity Announcer., superannrte.ie
  74. ^ Tributes paid to late Roscommon businessman Des Whyte, shannonside.ie
  75. ^ Laois GAA stunned by Liam's tragic death, hoganstand.com
  76. ^ Obituary: Pat Lynch, independent.ie
  77. ^ Trainer Peter Casey passes away, theirishfield.ie
  78. ^ Offaly hurling legend dies aged 68, offalyindependent.ie
  79. ^ "An Anglo-Irish poet who wrote to unite his divided self and land". The Irish Times. 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  80. ^ Deep sadness in Emo and beyond at the passing of Pat Brophy, laoistoday.ie
  81. ^ Tributes paid on passing of former Ceann Comhairle Seamus Pattison, irishexaminer.com
  82. ^ Cavan All-Ireland winner John Sheridan passes away, hoganstand.com
  83. ^ Sadness at death of Limerick and Claughaun GAA stalwart Sean O'Connor, limerickleader.ie
  84. ^ 'He served city, county and country with distinction' - Tributes pour in for ex-Ireland international Liam Miller (36), independent.ie
  85. ^ Former city architect for Limerick and Dublin James Barrett dies
  86. ^ Tributes paid to former senator John Robb
  87. ^ Irish athletics star (33) dies in car crash in South Carolina
  88. ^ ‘Black Widow’ Catherine Nevin dies at Dublin hospice just months after being released from prison
  89. ^ 'I will miss him greatly' - Enda Kenny leads tributes after sudden death of political ally
  90. ^ Semi-pro footballer who scored against Manchester United found dead in car
  91. ^ Irish writer Emma Hannigan dies after 11-year cancer battle, rte.ie
  92. ^ Sadness at death of former Boyle store owner in collision, independent.ie
  93. ^ Alltech founder Pearse Lyons dies, independent.ie
  94. ^ Arts patron Garech de Brún dies aged 78, rte.ie
  95. ^ Novelist Val Mulkerns dies aged 93, irishtimes.com
  96. ^ Cheltenham Festival 2018: Two horses die on day one as Mossback and Report to Base are put down after falls, independent.co.uk
  97. ^ Renowned Uilleann piper Liam O'Flynn has passed away, irishexaminer.com
  98. ^ Three horses die in final race of Cheltenham Festival, irishexaminer.com
  99. ^ Cheltenham 2018: Sandsend dies after breaking leg in brutal Festival finish, express.co.uk
  100. ^ Cheltenham Festival: BHA to carry out review after six horse deaths at event, bbc.com
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