Michael D. Higgins is inaugurated as the ninth President of Ireland. New laws come into effect allowing same sex couples to enter into civil partnerships. A game of golf causes a stir in Leinster House. A plane crashes in heavy fog at Cork Airport and six people on board are killed. After months of political turmoil, a General Election is finally called. TV3 holds the first televised Leaders Debate. Flash floods hit the Leinster area.