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25 of the best Irish news photographs of the year

From the marriage referendum to Berkeley, here are some of the choice pics of the year.

IT HAS BEEN a tumultuous year in Irish news.

From the marriage referendum to the tragedy in Berkeley to the killing of Garda Tony Golden, from protests to fires to celebrations, 2015 has been an opportunity for Ireland’s press photographers to do some of their best work.

Here are 25 of the best news photographs taken in 2015.

Britain Northern Ireland Election Gerry Adams jumps from a wall after a general election press event in Dungannon on 20 April. Source: Associated Press

1/7/2015. Water Protests Block Dail Entrance A protester and a garda square up outside Leinster House on 1 July. Source: Sam Boal//

Gay marriage referendum Yes voters celebrate in Dublin Castle after the result of the same-sex marriage referendum is announced. Source: PA WIRE

Berkeley Balcony Collapse Two women watch sheriff's deputies at the scene of the balcony collapse in Berkeley which left six Irish students dead. Source: Associated Press

Centenary Commemoration of the Funeral of O'Donovan Rossa A member of the Defence Forces takes part in the commemoration of the funeral of O'Donovan Rossa at Glasnevin cemetery in Dublin. Source: PA WIRE

Garda Tony Golden funeral Gardaí in the funeral procession of Garda Tony Golden who was killed in the line of duty. Source: PA WIRE

b8acd3ae-10e2-45ad-95eb-1751245c134f Returning officer Fergus Gallagher sits on ballot boxes at an election warehouse in Dublin the day before the marriage referendum. Source: Mark Stedman/

26/9/2015 Burning Car A garda observes a car on fire on O'Connell Bridge in Dublin on 29 June. Source: Sam Boal/

4/7/2015 Anti Abortion Protests Bystanders heckle as an anti-abortion march goes down O'Connell Street on 4 July. Source: Sam Boal/

6c3dde0b-89c7-4a7e-9707-fdbd63560728 Members of Republican Sinn Féin prepare to march towards the GPO in Dublin on 6 April. Source: Mark Stedman/

12/9/2015. Refugees Welcomes To Ireland Hundreds of people show their support for refugees during a march on 12 September in Dublin. Source: Sam Boal/

20/10/2015. Traveller Funeral. Pictured Hundreds o Five hearses arrive at a church in Bray on 20 October following the death of ten people in a fire in Carrickmines in Dublin. Source: Sam Boal/

18/04/2015.Bin Your Bill - Water protest. Pictured Thousands of protesters take part in a march against water charges in Dublin on 18 April. Source: Sam Boal/

Research company to create 200 jobs Enda Kenny and Joan Burton try on Oculus Rift virtual reality goggles in Dublin on 29 January. Source: Niall Carson/PA Wire

96505db3-506f-4b22-8bfc-a6e3cda7719c EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan at a science laboratory in Kildare. Source: Leon Farrell/

7601b763-b6ac-4134-97e9-5f1370350fe7 An art installation on Sandymount Strand in Dublin on 8 July commemorates the 556 children in Gaza killed one year ago. Source: Eamonn Farrell/

7414cbac-8146-457f-a24d-9d87213de514 Labour TD John Lyons gets a kiss from his mother Josie as he votes in the same-sex marriage referendum on 22 May. Source: Mark Stedman/

23/1/2015. Citizenship Ceremonies New Irish citizens at a citizenship ceremony in Dublin on 23 January. Source: Sam Boal/

6624a6e4-95c8-4f07-8a37-7f76fe2aafaf Anti-Irish Water protesters wear face masks as they block a Sierra GMC van with installation staff inside in Rialto in Dublin on 23 February. Source: Eamonn Farrell/

1f738104-b3b0-4e5d-8773-2935668d6e5f Ian Bailey leaves the Four Courts on 30 March after losing his case seeking damages over alleged wrongful arrest. Source: Mark Stedman/

f329668a-525b-4640-ab1a-52af41e49ffd President Michael D Higgins at the annual 1916 commemoration ceremony at Arbour Hill in Dublin on 6 May. Source: Mark Stedman/

236bb73c-9b31-4e26-9751-bf651ed43645 Two people outside the squatters complex in Grangegorman in Dublin on 24 March. Source: Mark Stedman/

2711818c-ee6b-45c2-abf0-ee4921f6361e Health Minister Leo Varadkar is examined by 4-year-old Oscar Power on Pearse Street in Dublin on 15 June. Source: Mark Stedman/

Autumn weather October 3th 2015 Fallow deer pictured in the Phoenix Park in Dublin on 3 October. Source: Niall Carson/PA WIre

Gay marriage referendum Panti Bliss arrives at the Central Count Centre in Dublin Castle on 23 May for the result of the same-sex marriage referendum. Source: PA WIRE

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