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QUIZ: Bertie going grey and 19 other questions about the year that was

How well do you remember the political year that was?

1. January saw the airing of Charlie, a three-part RTÉ drama on the life of Charlie Haughey. What was Mary O'Rourke's reaction to the portrayal of her late brother Brian Lenihan sr?
She was very happy with it
She was a bit troubled by it

She was extremely angry about it
She was nonplussed
2. Who said that getting a job meant “being able to buy the car, the boyfriend, the girlfriend, buy the boots or whatever”?
Micheal D Higgins
Joan Burton

Gerry Adams
Enda Kenny
3. Which Labour TD revealed they secretly got married in 2014?
Derek Nolan
John Lyons

Dominic Hannigan
Ciara Conway
4. In March we revealed that the Labour party considered what in 2010?
How to implement water charges if in government
Overthrowing Eamon Gilmore

Coalition with Sinn Féin
Changing its name
5. Enda Kenny met which famous wrestler in March?
Stone Cold Steve Austin
The Rock

Big Daddy
Hulk Hogan
6. Amid debate over the sale of Aer Lingus which US politician made a bizarre intervention calling on the government to oppose the sale of the airline to IAG?
Rand Paul
Donald Trump

Ben Carson
Michael Bloomberg
7. Shane Ross said that the Independent Alliance wanted to do what with women?
Look after them
Promote them

Create more work for them
Sideline them
8. Renua recruited Fianna Fáil councillor Patrick McKee in March but which party did he deny trying to defect to before that?
Fine Gael
Sinn Féín

Labour
Anti-Austerity Alliance
9. Jobs Minister Richard Bruton failed get selected by Fine Gael members in Dublin Bay North, before he was later added to the election ticket. Who was selected instead of him?
Naoise O'Muirí and Stephanie Regan
Eoghan Murphy and Kate O'Connell

Noel Rock and Aoibhinn Tormey
James Reilly and Alan Farrell
10. How many members of the Oireachtas declared to TheJournal.ie in May that they were voting No in the same-sex marriage referendum?
6
7

8
9
11. What hashtag did Labour use for an ill-fated social media campaign involving the Tánaiste in June?
#chatwithjoan
#burtonbanter

#talktoJoan
#joanline
12. What did Bertie Ahern blame for his hair going grey in just six months?
The Dubs
Manchester United under David Moyes

Fianna Fáil's brutal 2011 election
The banking crisis
13. Which Fine Gael TD announced his intention to step down at the next election only to change his mind?
Fergus O'Dowd
Peter Fitzpatrick

John O'Mahony
Dan Neville
14. True or False. Bobby Aylward's election to the Dáíl as a TD for Carlow-Kilkenny in May was Fianna Fáil's first by-election win in this term.
True
False
15. Which councillor was assaulted outside The Gate Theatre in Dublin city centre in July?
Noel Rock
Dermot Lacey

Jim O'Callaghan
Micheál MacDonncha
16. Which Sinn Féin councillor referred to the people who run Irish rugby as 'West Brits'?
Noeleen Reilly
Micheál MacDonncha

Cathal King
Críona Ní Dhalaigh
17. What was Joan Burton doing in some of her constituents' back gardens in September?
Hanging up their washing
Cutting their grass

Looking at their water butts
Having a cup of tea
18. Junior minister Dara Murphy became embroiled in controversy after getting gardaí to drive him to Dublin Airport from his constituency. But what is his constituency?
Waterford
Cork North-Central

Galway West
Cork East
19. Renua proposed what radical measure in its pre-Budget submission?
Increasing water charges
The abolition of the Department of Education

A single flat tax
A basic income for all citizens
20. Alan Kelly was compared to which Premier League manager in November?
Jose Mourinho
Jurgen Klopp

Louis van Gaal
Arsene Wenger
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Taoiseach
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Tánaiste
You know so much about politics you could be as powerful as Joan Burton
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Minister for Finance
You know enough about politics that we'd just about trust you with the finances
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Minister for Transport
You're okay at this politics lark, we'll give you a safe portfolio that you can't possibly mess up.
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Minister for Arts
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