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Tuesday 5 December 2023 Dublin: 4°C
Niall Carson via PA Images Taoiseach Leo Varadkar jokes with Fine Gael councillor Emer Currie as he opens the redeveloped Mountview Shopping Centre in Blanchardstown.
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Quiz: What on earth are these politicians up to?

Novelty glasses, pumpkins and a giant film reel – ministers can be pictured doing some pretty ridiculous things.

EARLIER THIS WEEK, Leo Varadkar was snapped placing a massive novelty scissors to the neck of his fellow Fine Gaeler, councillor Emer Currie while in Blanchardstown.

It got us thinking about the other bizarre props, poses and backdrops that Taoisigh and Ministers are exposed to – and how relevant they are to the thing they’re launching.

So, here’s a quick little quiz to see how much you remember about these ministerial launches. Ádh mór.

What is Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the launch of here at the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin?
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The First Progress Report on Sustainable Growth 2019
The First Progress Report on the Climate Action Plan 2019

A report into the Irish food chain and how to make it more sustainable
A report into how we can use Irish greenhouses more to grow food
What is Sport and Transport Minister Shane Ross launching here?
Dublin's new white-water rafting attraction at the IFSC
The government's annual report into child fitness in Ireland

The government's 10 year sports policy
A report into how not to wear a helmet
What's Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy at the launch of here?
An art gallery
The opening of almost 2,000 affordable homes in Cork.

An emergency accommodation strategy for Dublin
A cold weather strategy
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone is having fun here. What's she launching?
The Arts Council of Ireland 2019 annual report
The Abbey Theatre 2019 programme

A showcase of how youth work changes lives
A report into the benefits of Transition Year for students
Health Minister Simon Harris is flanked by Seodín (grey) and Darcy (white) at Dublin Castle. What's the occasion?
The launch of a national day to celebrate Ireland’s Unsung Heroes
Security preparations for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Dublin visit

A parade for the national services
The launch of the National Good Doggo Day 2019
The Taoiseach and these three ministers are at the launch of what?
Ireland's first 10 year strategy for pre-schools and creches
Ireland’s first 10 year strategy to support babies and toddlers

The Early Learning strategy for 2019
What are Business Minister Heather Humphreys and Culture Minister Josepha Madigan at here?
The launch of the Audio Visual Action Plan
The launch of the Irish Film Festival

The launch of new tax exemptions for artists
On set for the filming of Dublin Murders
What are these three at? The launch of...
A new school programme that teaches students how to grow food
A new government ad campaign to help advise parents on nutrition

The new nutrition standards for the school meals programme
Fruit day at the Dáil canteen
What's the now Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe at the launch of here?
1916 Centenary commemorations
The 2016 St Patrick's Day parade

The 1916 St Patrick's Day parade
A 100 year progress report on Ireland
What are Varadkar, Donohoe, and Ross on a Luas for?
The launch of replacing Luas cards with cashless payments
The launch of the Green Line extension

The launch of the NTA's anti-racism campaign
They're on their way home
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