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Do you know where these photos of the 1984 European elections were taken?

Do you recognise that school? Did you grow up on that street? Is that your ma?
Mar 23rd 2013, 9:45 AM 11,759 38

IN 1984, under a government led by Garrett Fitzgerald Ireland held its European Parliament elections, with a total of 15 seats to fill – a generous number considering recent events.

Fianna Fáil stole the show taking eight seats for Niall Andrews and Eileen Lemass in Dublin, Gene Fitzgerald and Sylvester Barrett  in Munster, Jim Fitzsimons and Patrick Lalor in Leinster and Seán Flanagan and Ray McSharry in Connacht Ulster. Fine Gael won six seats and Independent TJ Maher also took a seat in Munster.

Now to the matter at hand. We discovered these neat photos of the elections in the European Commission’s archives but due to the “poor information” they have on them, they haven’t been able to pinpoint exactly where the snaps were taken.

Photos taken of the count feature the RDS, that much we know, and posters in some of the images indicate that they were taken in Dublin but do you know where? Tell us in the comments if you spot your local polling station, street or even one of your parents in their 80s getups.

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Michelle Hennessy


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