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Quiz: With all this talk of Irexit, how much do you know about Ireland and the EU?

Ireland and the EU go way back – but what do you know about the specifics of the relationship?

THERE’S BEEN SOME talk of Irexit in recent weeks, although the Irish appetite doesn’t seem too much in favour of it.

Ireland and the EU go way back. From presidencies to MEPs to the Troika and the Lisbon Treaty, how much do you know about Ireland in the EU?

Okay, let's start with a simple one. When did Ireland first enter the EU (then called the EEC)?
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1973
1977

1969
1970
Ireland had wanted to enter the EEC a decade before this with the UK. But a certain president blocked these efforts. Who was it?
Lyndon B Johnson
Charles de Gaulle

Éamon de Valera
Antonio Segni
Ireland voted to allow the government to ratify the Lisbon Treaty after a second referendum. But when was the first Lisbon referendum held?
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2006
2007

2008
2009
Speaking of two referendums, when did the Irish electorate vote to allow the government to ratify the Nice treaty?
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2000
2001

2002
2003
Speaking of the Irish electorate, what percentage of people said they thought Ireland should remain in the EU in a Red C poll last year?
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42%
65%

77%
88%
Ireland has x MEPs
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11
10

9
8
Ireland's longest-serving MEP was first elected in 1994. But who is it?
Luke 'Ming' Flanagan
Brian Crowley

Nessa Childers
Seán Kelly
Remember the Troika and austerity? Wasn't that fun? But what year did Ireland enter the ill-sounding Economic Adjustment Programme?
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2009
2011

2010
2008
We all know "Big" Phil Hogan is currently Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner, but who was Ireland's first EU Commissioner?
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Charlie McCreevy
Richard Burke

Patrick Hillery
Peter Sutherland
And finally, how many EU presidencies has Ireland held?
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5
7

3
9
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