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Check out the Fine Gael website in 1998 and John Bruton talking about 'surfing the internet'

Old school…

fine gael website 98 What the Fine Gael website looked like in 1998 Source: Web Archive

IT’S 1998 AND the internet is still relatively new for most people, but thankfully the leader of Fine Gael, John Bruton, is accustomed with “surfing the Internet”.

It appears that the former taoiseach was an early adopter who was keen to show his prowess when it came to the World Wide Web.

“I spent many hours over Christmas happily surfing the Internet,” he boasts in a New Year’s message to “all users of the Fine Gael Web Site”.

“I visited all sorts of home pages all over the world, and reflected a little on what makes some pages interesting and others not so interesting.”

He goes onto give out about the lack of updates to the Irish government’s website, noting they even had the names of the ministers wrong. What a joke, huh?

It wouldn’t happen in Fine Gael, says John. “The previous Government, in which Fine Gael took part, kept its web site regularly up to date,” he continues.

He goes onto pledge that he will put a message on the website every working day – a promise he honoured for the whole of January at least. We’re not sure if it continued after that.

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The VERY old school website is well worth a root around even though it’s not much to look at.

Hat tip: Irish Election Literature

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