In a yr marked by protests and elections, the most recent episode of Reeling within the Years nonetheless managed to incorporate some lighter moments from 2011.
s the repercussions of the monetary crash continued, we noticed former Taoiseach Brian Cowen stepped down as chief of the nation and Fianna Fáil to the strains of Overlook You by CeeLo Inexperienced.
Fianna Fáil’s new chief – Micheál Martin – took management in 2011, however he must wait till 2020 to take over the Taoiseach’s workplace.
Nevertheless, a decade in politics adjustments individuals, with some TDs taking to Twitter to touch upon their previous hair errors.
Suppose my 2011 hair is even worse than my lockdown hair! Didn’t anticipate to be on #reelingintheyears! Was honoured to appoint Enda Kenny to be Taoiseach in 2011 in my maiden speech within the Dail pic.twitter.com/gQXKDWjhXz
— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) April 18, 2021
Larger Training Minister Simon Harris wrote: “Suppose my 2011 hair is even worse than my lockdown hair! Didn’t anticipate to be on Reeling within the Years! Was honoured to appoint Enda Kenny to be Taoiseach in 2011 in my maiden speech within the Dáil.”
Mr Harris was one the youngest members of the Dáil at the moment, having solely simply been elected at that yr’s common election. His first speech was in favour of electing Mr Kenny as Taoiseach, a place he held till 2017.
Sinn Féin Tipperary TD Martin Browne additionally famous how instances have modified, saying on Twitter: “The distinction 10 years could make. In 2011 I used to be canvassing for my brother Michael. A decade later solely Michael Lowry obtained extra first desire votes.”
Again in 2011, Mr Browne’s brother – Michael Browne – additionally ran for election for Sinn Féin, though he in the end failed and acquired simply 4.5pc of the vote. Nevertheless, when Mr Browne ran in 2020, he managed to safe 12.23pc of the vote, receiving the second most votes within the constituency.
2011 additionally noticed the primary presidential electoral win for Michael D Higgins, who celebrates his eightieth birthday right this moment.
And naturally 2011 was a troublesome yr for a lot of the nation, with rising unemployment and emigration because the monetary scenario throughout Eire and Europe worsened.
Nevertheless, there have been nonetheless some moments of optimism. US President Barack Obama briefly visited the State in Might, and even managed to make a brief go to to his ancestral dwelling of Moneygall.
What’s extra, a couple of days earlier than him Queen Elizabeth II arrived in Eire, changing into the primary British monarch to do since Eire’s independence. The queen visited the Park of Remembrance in Dublin, and paid her respects to the troopers who died combating for Eire’s freedom – a vastly symbolic second.
Maybe much less vital than that was pop star Rihanna’s choice to movie her latest music video in Co Down. Her hit track We Discovered Love additionally by Calvin Harris was filmed in a Bangor discipline.
Sadly, some individuals didn’t actually look after Rihanna’s model, with the proprietor of the sector being one in all them. After she went topless, the proprietor requested for the filming to return to an finish.