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Quiz: How well do you remember the year that was... in Irish politics?

How well do you remember all the controversies that hogged the headlines?

Image: PA Wire/PA Images

SO WE’RE ALMOST done with 2018 now, in what was a very busy year in Irish politics – even without a general election.

We had a presidential election, the Eighth Amendment referendum and the small matter of Brexit dominating the headlines from the political world.

But how well do you remember how it all went down? Let’s see. 

This Sinn Féin MP was suspended after this infamous Kingsmill photo went viral. What was his name?
Francie Molloy
Barry McElduff

Mickey Brady
Paul Maskey
Why did Shane Ross hit the headlines on 18 January?
He accidentally voted against his own road traffic Bill
He accidentally congratulated the wrong sport star after an important win

He said Brexit "might actually be a good thing"
He accidentally sent an email giving out about transport unions to his whole address book
Why was this guy celebrating in July?
He'd gotten through a crucial amendment to drink driving legislation
He won a by-election in Dublin West

He received an apology from the Fine Gael party for "slurs against his good name"
After a long campaign, it became clear there would be a presidential election
Who was the last person to get on the ballot for the presidential election?
PA Images
Sean Gallagher
Joan Freeman

Peter Casey
Gavin Duffy
Which of these did Taoiseach Leo Varadkar *not* do while in the US for St Patrick's Day?
PA Images
Meet President Trump in the White House
Tell the UN why Ireland should win a seat on the security council

Thank members of the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma
March with his partner at a parade in New York
What was the percentage of the electorate that voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment?

What did Mattie McGrath say Shane Ross was doing during a debate on the Road Traffic Bill in May?
Skulling pints
Laughing openly

Playing Snake on his phone
Picking his nose
Which minister stepped in to say a few prayers at mass after a priest failed to arrive in June?
Josepha Madigan
Richard Bruton

Simon Coveney
Frances Fitzgerald
Who was the first Irish politician to greet Pope Francis on his arrival to the country?
Leo Varadkar
Simon Coveney

Michael D Higgins
Simon Harris
Why was Éamon Ó Cuív demoted from the Fianna Fáil front bench?
Sam Boal/
He didn't support the party line on the Eighth Referendum
He attended an unsanctioned rally for a candidate in Northern Ireland

He didn't attend a crucial vote in the Dáil
He called Micheál Martin a "spoofer".
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Top dog
You know your politics.
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Clever Cat
Almost purrfect
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Solid political game there
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What are ewe doing!?
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Turtley awful
A shell of a bad effort
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