2016's Biggest News Moments

It's been quite a year, so we break it down for you...

Election, Brexit, Trump - these words go hand-in hand when thinking of 2016.

It has been a busy year with highs and lows for everyone, so let's take a look back at it all...


Will 2016 be remembered as the year that anything could happen?

Our dedicated US Election section took you through the night on November 8th.

In fact, it was all the way back in June 2015 that Mr Trump dropped hints about his White House run on Newstalk Breakfast.

Not to forget, of course, that we also saw political changes here after GE16 on February 26th.

 And Newstalk encouraged everyone to get out and vote.

But it wasn't until May 6th that Enda Kenny was finally re-elected as Taoiseach.


Also in 2016, Britain decided to say goodbye to the European Union - and Brexit was born.

But the lead up to the campaign was actually born back in 2013, as our timeline shows.

A ruling from the European Commission in September said Apple owed Ireland €13bn in taxes - something the Government and the company are appealing.

But British MEP Nigel Farage said Ireland had to ask questions over its own EU membership as a result of the ruling.


Irish people were also hitting the headlines in their own right.

The former president of the Olympic Council of Ireland was arrested by police investigating illegal ticket sales - something Mr Hickey has denied.

Footage obtained by ESPN Brazil showed the moment he was arrested in a Rio hotel in August.

Mr Hickey was then sent to Bangu Prison, which is said to house some of Brazil's most dangerous inmates.

In Memoriam

From Bowe to Rickman - this year has said goodbye to some of the world's biggest names.

David Bowie died in Janaury after an 18-month battle with cancer.

Just a few days later, British actor Alan Rickman - famous for roles in films such as 'Harry Potter' and 'Love Actually' - died at the age of 69.

Rickman also portrayed Éamon de Valera in the 1996 film 'Michael Collins'.

US actor George Gaynes, best known for his role in 'Police Academy', died aged 98 in February.

In June, 27-year-old 'Star Trek' actor Anton Yelchin died in an accident, after getting pinned between his car and a brick mailbox.

Actress Florence Henderson, best known for playing Carol Brady on 'The Brady Bunch' TV show, died in November.

That same month, Former Cuban president Fidel Castro passed away at the age of 90 after a long illness.

And in December, 'Fawlty Towers' star Andrew Sachs died aged 86.


But how could we forget a flashmob by patients, staff and guests at Our Lady's Hospice in September to mark Active Ageing Week?

Here's to another year!