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The CLR Political Quiz… Number 20 February 15, 2013

Posted by irishelectionliterature in CLR Political Quiz.

1. Who wrote “Straight Left a journey in Politics”?

2. In November 1982 Ann Joyce made history when standing in Dublin South West. What bit of History?

3. Joe McCormack stood for many elections in Laois Offaly and in Local Elections. On one occassion he stood for a party (Its only candidate) . What was the party name?

4. Which former Independent TD stood for Labour in 2011 and lost ?

5. What record does Maria McCool hold?

6. What party was Independent TD Shane Ross a councillor for?

7. Who is the longest serving Independent TD in the current Dail?

8. Did former Green Party MEP Patricia McKenna ever run in Local Elections?

9. Which Newstalk Radio presenter ran for the Seanad in 2011?

10. Who is this?


Answers to CLR Political Quiz 19
1. Eithne Quinn
2. Oisin Kelly
3. PDs
4. Democracy Now
5. Neil, Harry and Niall Blaney, James Keaveney
6. Dylan Haskins
7. John Bracken, 2007 election, Laois-Offaly
8. Éamon Ó Cuív, Ruairí de Valera (Wexford)
9.Rainbow Coaltion
10. Owen Carron


1. smiffy - February 15, 2013

1. Ruairi Quinn
7. Finian McGrath?
9. Marc Coleman


2. Pidge (@Pidge) - February 15, 2013

1. Ruairi Quinn
6. Fine Gael
7. Finian McGrath
8. No.
9. Marc Coleman
10. Frank Cluskey (minus the beard?)


3. Joe - February 15, 2013

1. If the answer to 1. is Ruairi Quinn, what was Paddy Devlin’s book called then?


Ed - February 15, 2013

Roy Foster mentioned the fact that Quinn gave his book the same title as Devlin’s to show how indifferent most southern politicians were to what happened in the North. Have to admit, he had a point. The first ‘Straight Left’ is an interesting book. I’d say there are bricks more interesting and readable than the second one.


Joe - February 15, 2013

Yep. Devlin’s was “Straight Left – an Autobiography” as opposed to Quinn’s “political journey”.
I’ve read neither but I did read Devlin’s excellent Yes We Have No Bananas, about the Outdoor Relief riots in Belfast in the 30s. In which Catholic and Protestant rioted together against government austerity policies and the Falls and Shankill marching bands marched together playing the only tune they held in common – Yes We Have No Bananas. Good times.


Martin Savage - February 15, 2013

He might have had a point, but not the one he thought he had. Quinn’s family roots are in Newry, his grandfather was a senior IRA officer there during the Tan war. Quinn was the SDLP’s main fundraiser/ contact man in the Labour party


4. Ian - February 15, 2013

1. Ruairi Quinn
6. Fine Gael (wicklow)
7. Michael Lowry


5. Tomboktu - February 15, 2013

2: [Believed to be] The first Traveller to stand for election to the Dáil.


irishelectionliterature - February 15, 2013



Gewerkschaftler - February 15, 2013

Why believed to be, Tomboktu? I’m just interested – might there have been others not identified as Travellers?


irishelectionliterature - February 15, 2013

A part of a larger article at http://flag.blackened.net/revolt/rbr/travrbr2.html that gives a background as to why she stood.

“In 1981, Dublin County Council tried to open the new Tallaght By-pass, home to over 100 Traveller families, without offering them any alternative site. The events which followed in Tallaght were to be repeated on a smaller scale all over the country. Local residents, with the active support of some local politicians, including a Fianna Fáil councillor, organised protest marches. Vigilante type gangs patrolled around all open space in the area in order to force Travellers out of Tallaght.

A small number of local activists joined with a small number of Travellers to resist this racism and formed the Travellers’ Rights Committee. This committee existed for almost two years until it gave way to the first ever ‘Traveller only’ organisation, Minceir Misli, set up in 1983. The Travellers Rights Committee put up a Traveller candidate, Nan Joyce, in the general election of 1982. She ran against the straightforwardly racist ‘community’ candidate who stood on a ticket of Get the Knackers out of Tallaght . She got twice as many first preference votes.”

As an aside Martin Ward was elected to Tuam Town Council in 1999 and was Mayor of Tuam in 2003.


Martin Savage - February 15, 2013

Padraig maclochlainn of sinn fein is of Traveller background


Joe - February 15, 2013

And if I remember right, Sinn Féin opposed the anti-traveller marches, members holding up SF placards of opposition as the marchers walked by. Credit where it’s due.


Tomboktu - February 15, 2013

At a conference I was at a few years ago, Rosaleen McDonagh objected to somebody saying that David Joyce is the first Traveller to become a barrister. She said that these claims of “the first” or “there never has been” about Travellers had two problems. One is that they haven’t been checked — a Traveller may have done something decades ago and it is not remembered. The second is that many Travellers have done things but are not known by most others to be a Traveller.


Gewerkschaftler - February 17, 2013

That’s the point was getting at Tombuktu – I suspect there always been a too and fro between people who are identified as Travellers and settled people.


6. Tomboktu - February 15, 2013

4 Jerry Cowley


7. Blissett - February 16, 2013

10 bears a resemblance to Lemass, but the picture looks too late to be a young him


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