Archive for February 16th, 2012

February 16,

Fianna Fail wins 1932 General Election.

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1890: Death of Dublin born scientist Sir Robert John Kane age eighty. In a distinguished career, he founded the Dublin Journal of Medical Science, Vice-Chancellor of Royal University of Ireland  and was director of  Museum of Irish Industry.

Sir Robert John Kane 1809-1890

Kane’s father participated in the 1898 rebellion while his son became an Admiral in the British Navy. Kane was knighted in 1846.

1921: War of Independence. British troops kill four IRA men discovered while preparing an ambush in West Cork.

1932: The General Election sees Fianna Fail become the largest party in the state for the first time. Pushing a populist agenda featuring a promise to abolish the oath of allegiance, encourage protectionism and freeing IRA prisoners, Fianna Fail gained 72 seats to Cumann na nGaehael’s 57. The party that had been defeated in the civil war just ten years previously was now due to take power. On March 10th, De Valera would be elected Taoiseach of a minority administration with the support of the Labour Party.


1992: SAS ambush IRAmen at Clonoe, County Tyrone

 A Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) unit is ambushed by the Special Air Service at a graveyard after launching a heavy machine gun attack on the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) base in Coalisland. Four IRA men were killed in what appeared to be a well planned ambush.


2011: For the first time, the morning after pill can now be sold by Irish pharmacies without need for a doctor’s prescription.

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