Ireland. According to
Countryaah official website, 1999 began with a political scandal that shook
the Irish government after a revelation that EU commissioner
Padraig Flynn received £ 50,000 in gift from real estate
agent Tom Gilmartin in 1989. Flynn was environment minister
in the then government and the money was a political
donation to Fianna Fáil, the party that leads the current
Irish coalition government. But the money was never handed
over to the party, and in February Fianna Fáil demanded an
explanation of where the money went. In a vote in the Dáil
(Irish Parliament), whether or not an explanation was given,
Flynn's daughter Beverly Cooper-Flynn voted against her own
party Fianna Fáil. She lost the vote and resigned, leading
to a weakening of the ruling party.
In June, the international soccer organization UEFA
demanded that the EU decide the ongoing battle over the Euro
2000 football match. The Irish government refused to allow
Yugoslav football players in the country in protest of the
ongoing conflict in Kosovo.
In Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, the Irish who were abused
during their upbringing at Irish orphanages apologized at
the beginning of the year and promised to set up a
commission of inquiry, The Commission to Inquire into Child
Abuse, to investigate how many people of several generations
who have been exposed for abuse.
On October 19, 27,500 nurses went on strike for better
wages and working conditions. The Irish nurses demanded 35%
in salary increases, and their strike paralyzed all care
except emergency care. The Irish government refused to raise
its bid over the 22% offered by concerns that other public
servants would also demand salary increases.
During the year, the Irish and British governments made
new joint efforts to persuade the Northern Ireland parties
to form the new provincial government decided in the peace
agreement on Friday, 1998. I President Mary McAleese said in
a speech at the end of November that I. and Britain now
stands on the eve of a new era of closer relationships. On
December 2, I. took the historic step of abolishing
paragraphs two and three of the Constitution, thereby
abandoning its old territorial claim on Northern Ireland.
The two paragraphs were written into the Irish Constitution
in 1937, 21 years after the Easter rebellion against British
rule. The demand to bring back the northern province has
been a source of annoyance to many British governments and
provoked the Unionists in the north. But after the peace
deal in April 1998.