“Examiner” at 180 – 1970-1979: Political scandal and unrest dominated the news
Political scandal was the defining nature of the start of the new decade, both in Ireland and abroad.
The “arms crisis” began when Taoiseach Jack Lynch fired Charles Haughey and Neill Blaney from cabinet over allegations they were involved in distributing weapons to northern nationalists.
However, after further investigation, the men were found innocent.
Richard Nixon received a mixed response during his visit to Ireland, with a number of protests across the country against the Vietnam War ongoing.
The US president would eventually end US involvement in the war in 1973, but the ensuing Watergate scandal wiped out much of the support he had, which ultimately led to his resignation.
Returning to Ireland in 1971, internment was introduced, which would later be seen as another step towards protracted violence in the North.
In the south, around 40 members of the Irish Women’s Liberation Movement walked past customs officials at Connolly Station with a horde of pills and other contraceptive devices in an attempt to draw attention to legislation banning the products in the Republic.
The year 1972 is commemorated in Ireland for Bloody Sunday, in which a civil rights march turned violent when British paratroopers opened fire, killing 13 people and injuring 14 others.
A day of national mourning was declared in response, with schools closed, workers shot dead with tools and anger in the streets culminated with the burning of the British Embassy in Dublin.
The Troubles continued to dominate the news the following year, especially after the arrest of “young Republican” Martin McGuinness.
On a more positive note, Ireland joined the European Economic Community – the EEC – in early 1973, with promises of cheaper prices, more jobs and a major boost for agriculture.
But even this new membership could not distract attention from the ongoing violence, especially when bombs in Dublin and Monaghan killed 33 people on May 17, 1974, the bloodiest day in the history of the unrest.
The bombs were believed to be the work of loyalist paramilitaries, but no one has ever been charged for the attacks.
The word “terrorist” became a ubiquitous phrase in the mid-1970s with a number of armed groups across Europe making headlines with bombings, shootings, hijackings and grappling. hostages.
Dutch industrialist Tiede Herrema was kidnapped and detained in a house in Monasterevin, Co Kildare by Eddie Gallagher and Marion Coyle, two dissident Republicans.
Dr Herrema was finally released when the couple traveled to Gardaí after an 18-day marathon siege.
In 1975, 92-year-old Éamon de Valera died, while separately Spanish political leader Francisco Franco also died at the age of 83.
In contrast, Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh became the first president to resign in October 1976, following insulting remarks by Paddy Donegan, then Minister of Defense.
The Catholic Church dominated the headlines again in 1978 when Pope Paul, 80, died after 15 years of reign, then his successor Pope John Paul died just 33 days after taking the reins .
The GAA Congress removed Rule 27, which for 66 years had prohibited its members from playing, promoting or attending football, rugby, hockey and cricket.
Muhammad Ali won a heavyweight boxing match against Al ‘Blue’ Lewis at Croke Park in Dublin, after the referee stopped the bout in the 11th round when Lewis was reduced to near callousness.
During a clearance hearing, a judge told Naas District Court that nightclubs are devil-designed, excruciatingly loud, and psychedelic lighting drives people crazy.
Erskine Childers, 69, became the first Irish president to die during his tenure, and around 100,000 people gathered on the streets of Dublin for his funeral.
Seán MacBride, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and President of Amnesty International, has become the first Irishman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
The European Commission of Human Rights finds Britain guilty of torturing Republican prisoners in Northern Ireland.
The aversion to sex in public discourse had changed with the availability of titles such as The Graduate, Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion and The Landlord, which were advertised with the lady’s lower leg and the words: “The landlord gets pretty much everything but the rent ”.
King of rock’n’roll Elvis Presley has died at 42 after reported heart attack
Christy Ring, often considered one of the greatest pitchers of all time, died of a heart attack. The number of people who attended his funeral was estimated to be between 50,000 and 60,000, while Taoiseach Jack Lynch was moved as he paid respects at Ring’s grave.
Margaret Thatcher became the British Prime Minister