The timeline links together artworks from the archive with historical events
This is the first official visit to Northern Ireland of a Taoiseach of Ireland since 1965
Her inauguration takes place on 3 December
Brian Keenan, a teacher from Belfast, held hostage for 4 years in Beirut is released and returns to Ireland.
No one is injured but it represents a serious breach of security.
The Birmingham Six are freed by the Court of Appeal in London. They served 16 years in prison for the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings.
The UUP, SDLP. DUP and Alliance parties agree to a framework for political talks on the future of Northern Ireland.
The convictions of the “Maguire Seven” accused of supplying bombs used for attacks in Guilford and Woolwich are quashed by the Court of Appeal in London.
The visit is the first by a British Prime Minister to Dublin since 1980.
They were traveling in a minibus and had been working at a military base in County Tyrone
The IRA has admitted murdering 3 men found on 3 different roadsides in Co Armagh.
Five people were shot dead by the UFF in a bookmaker’s shop on the Lower Ormeau Road in Belfast.
A large bomb destroys the Northern Ireland forensic laboratory in South Belfast causing widespread damage.
An IRA bomb being planted in a fish shop explodes prematurely, killing 10 and injuring 57. A resulting Loyalist backlash over the next week kills 12 in a number of attacks.
The Observer newspaper claims that the two sides have been in contact since early in the year.
This is the first of three such attacks by the IRA in the course of five days.
The House of Commons votes to renew the Prevention of Terrorism Act and also to set up a select committee on Northern Irish affairs.
29 people, including 10 senior RUC officials, 9 British Army officers and 6 Security Service officials are killed while on route to a security conference in Inverness. The 4 member RAF crew are also killed in the crash which was at first blamed on pilot error.
The attack took place while they were watching a televised World Cup match.
The statement lists democratic principles and self-determination as prerequisites for change.
Vice President of Sinn Fein, Martin McGuinness, leads a Sinn Fein delegation to Stormont for a meeting with the Political Development Minister of the Northern Ireland Office, Michael Ancram.
A standoff between police and Orangemen at Drumcree begins when police tell the parade organisers that they cannot return to Portadown via the mainly Catholic Garvaghy Road. There are widespread disturbances across Northern Ireland as Loyalists protest in support of the
The British army headquarters is the target of 2 IRA bombs which injure 31 and result in the death of a soldier 4 days later.
The report recommends the decommissioning of paramilitary arms during all-party talks, rather than before or after.
A large IRA bomb explodes in the Docklands area of London, killing 2 and injuring many more. it causes £1m worth of damage.
She indicates an eagerness to implement “confidence building measures” concerning employment equality, reform of the RUC and issues connected with the North Report on Parades and Marches
He affirms the government’s commitment to the Framework document, the Mitchell Report on decommissioning and all-party talks.
This action sparks widespread protest and rioting locally and throughout Northern Ireland.
Ken Magennis represents the Ulster Unionists and Martin McGuinness represents Sinn Fein
Gerry Adams leads a delegation to 10 Downing Street to meet with Tony Blair.
The shooting takes place only hours after the Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF), a pseudonym for the Ulster Defense Association (UDA) reinstate a ceasefire following a spate of shootings which left at least 3 Catholic civilians dead.
George Mitchell, Chairman of the multi-party talks at Stormont, announces that the 2 governments and the political parties in Northern Ireland have reached an agreement. The main points of the Good Friday Agreement include a Northern Ireland Assembly of 108 seats, a 12-m
This is the first all-Ireland poll since the general election of 1918. The overall “yes” vote in Northern Ireland is 71% and in the south is 94%.
It is a “shadow” assembly because power had not yet been devolved. David Trimble (UUP) is elected First Minister, and Seamus Mallon (SDLP) is Deputy First Minister.
Some Orange Lodge leaders call for the protest at Drumcree to be called off as a result of the tragedy, but a protest, with considerably reduced numbers, is maintained for most of the year to July 1999.
The “Real IRA” claims responsibility for the attack.