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25 of the best Irish news photographs of the year

It’s been a year of leadership battles, transport strikes, Brexit and… novelty socks.

IT HAS BEEN a year of high highs and low lows.

A year of political leadership struggles, of centenary celebrations, of industrial disputes, of homelessness, of controversies and of… novelty socks.

Here are a selection of some of the best news photographs from the year that was:

original (1) Source: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny was caught looking skyward for help during a jobs announcement in Dublin back in February. At the time, his leadership of the country was being questioned due to the fallout from the controversy around the treatment of garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe.

Bad luck, Enda – but it’s hard to avoid these kind of shots being taken.

Conor McGregor court case Source: Niall Carson/PA Wire

UFC star Conor McGregor leaves Blanchardstown District Court in November where he was facing a speeding charge.

red 96_90526682 Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Deputy head of forecasting at Met Éireann Evelyn Cusack addresses the media at the National Emergency Coordination Centre in Dublin ahead of the arrival of ex-Hurricane Ophelia to Irish shores in October.

JOBSTOWN CASE  391_90516383 Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

(From L to R) Michael Banks, Scott Masterson and Paul Murphy TD outside the Central Criminal Court in June after Murphy and five others were found not guilty of falsely imprisoning Joan Burton and her adviser Karen O’Connell during a protest in Jobstown in 2014.

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A felled tree in Dublin in the wake of Storm Ophelia.


Galway senior manager Micheál Donoghue shares a tender moment with his father, Miko, and the Liam McCarthy Cup as the team arrives back in Ballinasloe after winning the All-Ireland senior hurling championship.

03 Frances Fitzgerald resigns_90530527 Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Former Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald leaves Government Buildings after announcing her resignation over how she handled issues related to Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe.

Martin McGuinness funeral Source: PA Archive/PA Images

The coffin of Northern Ireland’s former deputy first minister and ex-IRA commander Martin McGuinness is carried up Barrack Street ahead of his funeral at St Columba’s Church Long Tower, in Derry in March.

Coast Guard helicopter missing Source: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Crowds during a wreath laying ceremony for the crew of the Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116, which went down off the coast of Mayo in March, resulting in the deaths of four crew members.


An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Farmleigh in July. Note the novelty socks.

original (2) Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

John Byrne – who has been homeless for 25 years and who was made famous when he saved a rabbit from the River Liffey – is pictured with his dog next to his tent on the Royal Canal in Dublin.

Brexit Source: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A mock customs checkpoint is seen in February as anti-Brexit campaigners hold a go-slow protest on the Irish border at Ravensdale to highlight concerns about its impact on trade.

LEO 434_90513927 Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar raises his hands in triumph as he is voted in as the the new leader of Fine Gael (and so, Taoiseach) by party members. Behind him, party rival Simon Coveney claps and looks on.

DUBLIN SHOOTING 0035_90513648 Source: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Seven-year-old Mateusz Kular, wearing a Spiderman schoolbag, waits for gardaí to finish examining the scene of a gangland shooting in Dublin city so that he and his mother can go home.

File Photo  Gun Found at Trevor Deely search site. End. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Gardaí digging at a site in Chapelizod in Dublin for in relation to the disappearance of Trevor Deely in 2000. A gun was discovered at the site but the search was later concluded without the discovery of any remains.

NEW CABINET ARAS 3_90514899 Source: RollingNews.ie

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with former Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and the rest of the Cabinet as they sat down to their first meeting at Áras an Úachtaráin in June.

0768 Vera_90504712 Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Campaigner Vera Twomey speaking to the media outside Leinster House in March. Twomey had elected to walk from her home in Cork to the Dáil in order to highlight the restrictions on her seven-year-old daughter Ava, who has a rare form of epilepsy, from accessing cannabis-based medication.

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90438267_90438267 Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Apollo House supporters leaving the building in January after it was taken over throughout the Christmas period to use as housing for homeless people.

tribunal Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Garda Sergeant Maurice McCabe arriving at the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle, which was set up to examine allegations of a senior Garda smear campaign against him.

Ulster Assembly election 2017 Source: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams by a portrait of the former DUP leader Rev Ian Paisley in the Great Hall, Stormont before speaking to the media after talks to restore a power sharing government collapsed.

File Photo File Photo The Government will introduce the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, 2017 in the Dáil today Transport Minister Shane Ross prepares to board a Luas tram for the first Cross City testing in June. Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Transport Minister Shane Ross prepares to board a Luas tram for the first Cross City testing in June.

8147 Handmaids costume_90523846 Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Members from ROSA (Reproductive rights, against Oppression, Sexism & Austerity) dressed as Handmaids in costumes outside Leinster House Ahead of a ‘Handmaids’ lobby at the Dail to mark the first public meeting of the Dail Committee on the 8th Amendment in September.

North of Ireland storms Source: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A man looks at a tractor which has fallen into a river after a road collapsed in Iskaheen, County Donegal after heavy rain left a trail of destruction.


Brexit Source: Laura Hutton/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arrives at Government Buildings in Dublin to attend an emergency cabinet meeting on Brexit early in December.

Londonderry bonfires Source: Niall Carson/PA Wire

People watch a bonfire in the bogside area of Derry, which is traditionally torched on August 15 to mark a Catholic feast day celebrating the assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven, but in modern times the fire has become a source of contention and associated with anti-social behaviour.

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