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Quiz: How much do you know about Northern Irish politics?

Karen Bradley admitted she didn’t know much about the divisive political history in the North when she took up her role in January.

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AFTER THE UK Secretary of Northern Ireland told the House of Commons this week that she didn’t understand “some of the deep-seated and deep-rooted issues that there are in Northern Ireland” when she took the job.

Bradley said that she hadn’t realised that “people who are nationalists don’t vote for unionist parties and vice-versa”.

Before you completely mock her for her ignorance, take our quick quiz to test your own knowledge of politics in the North.

When did a physical customs border first go up on the island of Ireland?
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6 December 1921
3 May 1921

7 December 1922
1 April 1923
When in power, the DUP reportedly spent £302 renaming a government boat from the Irish name to its English translation. What was that translation?
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Stormont Waters
King of the North

Queen of Ulster
The Boat of Belfast
How long has Northern Ireland been without a devolved government?
12 months
19 months

17 months
22 months
A contestant from which reality TV show was rumoured to have to give evidence at the ongoing cash-for-ash inquiry?
First Dates
Love Island

Ireland’s Fittest Family
Big Brother
How much additional spending for Northern Ireland did the DUP secure for propping up Theresa May’s Tory government?
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£80 million
£1 billion

£1.5 billion
£2.5 billion
Who’s the deputy leader of the DUP?
Nigel Dodds
Sammy Wilson

Gregory Campbell
Edwin Poots
How long was Gerry Adams the president of Sinn Féin?
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25 years
29 years

31 years
34 years
John Hume, who won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1998, was the leader of which party?
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Sinn Féin
The Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement was put to voters on the island of Ireland in two referendums. On what date were they held?
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10 April 1998
22 May 1998

30 April 1999
2 December 1999
What is reported to be the main stumbling block in negotiations between the DUP and Sinn Féin in reestablishing a power-sharing Executive?
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Brexit and the possibility of a hard border
The cash-for-ash scandal

The establishment of an Irish Language Act
The DUP’s support of the UK Conservative government
Answer all the questions to see your result!
You scored out of !
You're Tommy Gorman
Like RTÉ's correspondent, you're the go-to expert on Northern Ireland politics. Are you available to mediate Stormont talks?
Share your result:
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You scored out of !
You're Karen Bradley
Hungry for more information, but still not quite there.
Share your result:
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You scored out of !
You're Boris
The Irish border Brexit problem is "pure millennium bug stuff" and "there are so few firms that actually use that border regularly". Oh dear.
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