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 On this day 15 June in Irish History

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PostSubject: On this day 15 June in Irish History   Sun Jun 15, 2008 10:55 pm

June 15 1917: A general amnesty was granted to the remaining Irish prisoners. Put on a train from London, and a boat from Holyhead, they arrived at Dublin's Westland Road station on the 18th to a jubliant reception..

15 June 1919: British aviators Alcock and Brown made the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic. They flew a modified World War I bomber from St. John’s Newfoundland and to Clifden, Ireland thus winning the Daily Mail prize of £10,000 and were Knighted by King George V.

15 June 1989: General Election held in the Republic of Ireland.

FF: 77 (-4) ; FG: 55 (+5); Lab: 15 (+3); Workers Party: 7 (+3) ; PD 6 (-Cool; Greens: 1; Others 3 (+1).

An Taoiseach Charles J. Haughey called a General Election on the basis of consistent good results in opinion polls. However the level of support he expected failed to materialise on the day. After weeks of negotiation he was forced to form a Coalition Government with his erstwhile political opponent and former Party colleague Desmond O’Malley of the Progressive Democrats, who had also done badly at the polls. This marked a watershed in Irish political life as Fianna Fail entered into a formal Government Coalition for the first time in its history.
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