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Throwback Thursday: Politics edition

From befriending Tom Cruise to stealing each other’s outfits, our politicians have done it all.

APPARENTLY THERE’S SOMETHING happening tomorrow and our politicians are too busy to post their own Throwback Thursday snaps. Like a knight in shining armour, we’ve strode in and done it for them.

You’re welcome, one and all.

1. Enda Kenny

A little known fact about our Taoiseach: he had a brief stint as a tour guide in 2002. Before he reached the highest position in the Irish government, Enda Kenny would helpfully point out landmarks in the capital to passersby, such as the River Liffey.

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2. Noonan & Co.

MINISTER FOR HEALTH MICHAEL NOONAN Michael Noonan Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Labour leader Ruairi Quinn Ruairi Quinn Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland!

In 1995, Ministers made a ‘go bald or go home’ pact.

ALAN SHATTER DIVORCE REFERENDUM IN IRELAND 1995 RELIGIOUS ISSUES Alan Shatter Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Oh.

3. Tom Cruise

TOM CRUISE IN IRELAND 1995 HOLLYWOOD FILM STARS Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Following his addition to the Labour ticket in 1995, the Mission Impossible actor denied he was a token celebrity candidate, insisting he would “keep it real”.

4. Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan

Mary Mitchell O’Connor was raging when Ming stole her look back in 2011*. Such behaviour is considered a major Dáil no-no.

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*This was actually for charity so fair play all round.

5. Jackie Healy Rae

JACKIE HEALY RAE FIANNA FAIL ARD FHEIS 2003 SMOKERS CIGARETTES CONTROLS IN PUBLIC PLACES ANTI BAN ON SMOKING HEALTH ISSUES LUNG CANCER ENVIRONMENTAL TOBACCO SMOKE IN THE WORKPLACE Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

This is an actual thing that happened in 2003. As far as we’re aware, ‘Micky’s Butt Squad’ has since disbanded.

6. Mary McAleese

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Try as they might, they just couldn’t figure out his new phone.

7. Matt Carthy

SHINN FEIN YOUTH NATIONAL ORGANISER MATT CARTHY PORTRAIT UPRIGHT Source: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland

The young whippersnapper engaging in the popular 1999 game: ‘Drink from the imaginary glass’. Crazy kid.

8. Bonus Bertie material: A look back through laughter

Fianna Fáil gatherings were a barrel of laughs in the ’80s.

RAY BURKE WITH BERTIE AHERN Ray Burke and Bertie Ahern (1984) Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Bertie didn’t have the heart to tell Tony stand up just wasn’t for him.

Tony Blair Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern (1998) Source: Joey Cleary/Photocall Ireland

Prince Philip had better luck with what was sure to have been an entirely appropriate remark.

Prince Philip British Royal Visits to Ireland Prince Philip, Bertie Ahern and Mary Harney (1998) Source: Kate Horgan/Photocall Ireland

This is just a caption competition waiting to happen…

So Enda, did you like our picks?

Enda Kenny Fine Gael conference at City West, Dublin (2003) Source: Photocall Ireland

Great.

Read: From banning Galway people entering Meath to using Grindr: The evolution of election literature

Read: Fine Gael bottled water, giant floating heads and other strange sights from Election 2014

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