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Quiz: How well do you remember the 2016 General Election?

It’s election season – get yourself in the mood by testing your knowledge of the last time the country went to the polls.

Labour candidate Alan Kelly is hoisted into the air as he celebrates being elected
Labour candidate Alan Kelly is hoisted into the air as he celebrates being elected
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IT’S NEARLY ELECTION season. Earlier this week, talks took place between Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin about the timing of a potential general election this year.

And although those discussions didn’t yield anything conclusive, it’s widely expected that the country will be going to the polls during the spring.

To get you in the mood, we’re wondering: how much you can remember from Ireland’s last general election in 2016?

First up, how many seats were up for grabs?
156
157

158
159
What was Fine Gael's controversial election slogan?
A Lot Done, More to Do
Let’s Get Ireland Working

Let’s Keep the Recovery Going
Back to Work, Peasants
What minimum percentage of each party's candidates had to be men or women, in order for them to retain State funding?
10%
25%

30%
40%
How many seats were ultimately filled by women?
31
32

34
35
What did Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin infamously drop - to the delight of Enda Kenny - during a televised leaders’ debate?
Speaking notes
A glass of water

His reading glasses
The mic
Which high-profile Labour candidate did not stand for re-election?
Aodhán Ó Riordáin
Eamonn Gilmore

Joe Costello
Alex White
Which former minister told a Sunday newspaper that “power is a drug” in the run up the the election?
Alan Kelly
Alan Shatter

Frances Fitzgerald
Joan Burton
Which TD won the biggest first preference vote in the country?
Catherine Murphy
Katherine Zappone

Michael Healy-Rae
Michael Lowry
Which union said it would run eight candidates in the election, only to back out later?
The National Rail and Bus Union
The Irish Postmasters’ Union

The Irish National Painters' and Decorators' Trade Union
The Teachers’ Union of Ireland
Which first-time TD was fined €3,000 for keeping their posters up for too long?
Lisa Chambers
Eoin O Broin

Maria Bailey
Noel Rock
Answer all the questions to see your result!
You scored out of !
Turtley awful
Shell of a bad effort
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You scored out of !
What are ewe doing?
Baaaad effort
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You scored out of !
Fintastic
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You scored out of !
Clever cat
Almost purr-fect
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You scored out of !
Top dog
Paws-itively perfect
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