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« on: August 16, 2011, 09:57:31 am »
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EASY

Name the current First Minister and deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland the the parties they represent.

Which party won every election to the old Parliament of Northern Ireland?

What was "The Troubles"?

Who was Bobby Sands?



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What was "Bloody Sunday" and when did it occur?

What part of Gerry Adams was banned in the UK and Ireland for a number of years?

Name three active Terrorist groups during The Troubles, with at least one being Republican and one Loyalist.

What city is sometimes called "Slash City" and why?

What is the method of Cabinet Selection in the Assembly?

Name the parties currently in Cabinet in Northern Ireland

The shaking of hands of which two men brought in the current democratic period for Northern Ireland?




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"The Parades" are a controversial event in Northern Ireland. What event do the largest of these commemorate? Bonus points for naming the event that the Apprentice Boys commemorate.

Who is the official party leader for Sinn Fein in the Assembly (clue, it's not the dFM)

Who (which party leader) was literally dragged out of the legislature kicking and screaming in 1986


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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2011, 12:10:05 pm »
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Name the current First Minister and deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland the the parties they represent.
Peter Robinson, DUP; Martin McGuinness, SF

Which party won every election to the old Parliament of Northern Ireland?
Ulster Unionist.

What was "The Troubles"?
The civil war.

Who was Bobby Sands?
A hunger striking imprisoned IRA militant with long hippie hair who was elected MP by the good people of Fermanagh and South Tyrone, but not of course allowed to serve. He died on hunger strike soon after.

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What was "Bloody Sunday" and when did it occur?
British soldiers killing harmless Catholic demonstrants early in the Troubles. In Derry IIRC.

What part of Gerry Adams was banned in the UK and Ireland for a number of years?
What part? As in body part? I don't get it.

Name three active Terrorist groups during The Troubles, with at least one being Republican and one Loyalist.
IRA, INLA, UVF, UDA, RUC, the British Army.

What city is sometimes called "Slash City" and why?
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What is the method of Cabinet Selection in the Assembly?
Proportional (D'Hondt)

Name the parties currently in Cabinet in Northern Ireland
DUP, SF, UUP, SDLP, APNI. At least that was supposed to happen based on the last elections, didn't follow events to see if it was actually done (it was close), but I suppose Jas would have told me otherwise.

The shaking of hands of which two men brought in the current democratic period for Northern Ireland?
Ian Paisley and ...Martin McGuinness? (Or Gerry Adams? Or are you thinking of Good Friday rather than Slow Learners' Good Friday, as I am?)

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"The Parades" are a controversial event in Northern Ireland. What event do the largest of these commemorate? Bonus points for naming the event that the Apprentice Boys commemorate.
17th century massacres of Protestants by Catholics.

Who is the official party leader for Sinn Fein in the Assembly (clue, it's not the dFM)
It isn't? Oh. Michelle Gildernew?

Who (which party leader) was literally dragged out of the legislature kicking and screaming in 1986
There wasn't a legislature of Northern Ireland in 1986. Ian Paisley was dragged out of the European Parliament somewhere around then, though, protesting against the Antichrist John Paul II.

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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2011, 01:14:07 pm »
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EASY

Name the current First Minister and deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland the the parties they represent.
Robinson, DUP, McGuinnes SF
Which party won every election to the old Parliament of Northern Ireland?
UU
What was "The Troubles"?
Some more heated period of NI's history in late sixties, early seventies
Who was Bobby Sands?
SF politician died in hunger strike


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What was "Bloody Sunday" and when did it occur?
Early seventies, police men killed demonstrators

What part of Gerry Adams was banned in the UK and Ireland for a number of years?
voice
Name three active Terrorist groups during The Troubles, with at least one being Republican and one Loyalist.
ira, uvf
What city is sometimes called "Slash City" and why?
derry/londonderry/foyle same reason as allways
What is the method of Cabinet Selection in the Assembly?
same as in Finnish municipalities, all parties large enough take part
Name the parties currently in Cabinet in Northern Ireland
UU,SF,DUP,SDPL
The shaking of hands of which two men brought in the current democratic period for Northern Ireland?
Ian Paisley, Gerry Adams



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"The Parades" are a controversial event in Northern Ireland. What event do the largest of these commemorate? Bonus points for naming the event that the Apprentice Boys commemorate.
Protestant victory over catholics
Who is the official party leader for Sinn Fein in the Assembly (clue, it's not the dFM)
de Bruin
Who (which party leader) was literally dragged out of the legislature kicking and screaming in 1986
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« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2011, 01:47:18 pm »
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1. Robinson, DUP; McGuinness, SF
2. UUP
3. Civil unrest in Northern Ireland between the 1970s and 1990s.
4. Abstentionist MP elected as an Anti-H Block candidate in Fermanagh and South Tyrone sometime around 1981. Died on hunger strike not long after.

1. Massacre in Derry that occured sometime in the 1970s.
2. Voice
3. Provisional IRA, Official IRA, UVF
4. Londonderry/Derry, because it has two names.
5. Cabinet members are elected by STV, with the exception of the Justice Minister, who is chosen from a non-sectarian party (in other words, Alliance).
6. DUP, UUP, SF, SDLP, Alliance
7. Ian Paisley and Gerry Adams

1. Something to do with the Plantation of Ulster? Don't quite remember.
2. Don't know
3. Paisley?
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« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2011, 02:20:34 pm »
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What city is sometimes called "Slash City" and why?

I'm pretty sure the term is "Stroke City".
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« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2011, 02:24:46 pm »
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What city is sometimes called "Slash City" and why?

I'm pretty sure the term is "Stroke City".
Google the two phrases, and all the top results for "Stroke City" refer to Derry... none of those for "Slash City" do. And there's half as many of them overall.
Not that I'd heard that one either.
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« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2011, 04:13:19 pm »
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In Ireland, "Slash City" would probably be understood to refer to Limerick city (although the usual term there is "Stab City").

"Stroke City" was originally coined by a radio talkshow host called Gerry Anderson, and plays on the name of the English football club Stoke City.
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« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2011, 05:51:16 pm »
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A few more, possibly harder, ones:

a) For what constituency was Ian Paisley (Sr.) first elected to Stormont (the Northern Ireland Parliament)?
b) Under what label was he first elected?
c) What was the name of the party founded by Brian Faulkner in 1974?
d) Who succeeded Faulkner as leader of the party and what "first" did the new leader represent?
e) What was the significance of the Wild Birds Act under the Stormont Parliament?
f) What "first" did Gerard Benedict Newe achieve in 1971?
g) Who was the Alliance Party's first Westminster MP?
h) In the 1982 Assembly elections, the United Ulster Unionist Party failed to win a seat with only 1.8% of the vote. However, two of its candidates in that election were to serve in the Northern Ireland Executive between 2007 and 2011. Name them.
i) Which five Sinn Féin candidates were elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1982?
j) Which seat did the Unionist parties lose in the bye-elections after the Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1986 and to whom did they lose?
k) Name the ten parties who took seats in elections to the Northern Ireland Forum in 1996.
l) Name the party which took six seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections in 1998, only to see all of its MLAs, apart from the party leader, leave the party. What, if any, connection did a cream bun have to this story?
m) Prior to the Dáil and Northern Ireland Assembly elections in 2011, three political parties had members in both legislative bodies. Name them.
n) Five urban areas in Northern Ireland have the title "city". Name them.
o) Who has announced his intention to contest the leadership of the SDLP?
p) Which building acquired the nickname "Dome of Delights" during the 1980s?
q) What did the banner across its front declare until the courts ordered it to be taken down?
r) Two Paisleys were elected to Westminster from Northern Ireland seats in 2010. Name them.
s) What catchy acronym was used by the electoral pact between the Ulster Unionists and Conservatives in the 2010 election?
t) Who stood as the Alliance Party candidate in the 2009 European elections?
u) For what party and in what constituency did he stand in the 2010 Westminster elections?
v) For what party and in what constituency did his girlfriend/partner stand in the 2010 Westminster elections?
w) Of what party is the girlfriend/partner now a member, having defected in November 2010?
x) In which constituency did the SDLP ill-advisedly but accurately compare its 2001 Westminster election campaign to Stalingrad?
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Before I give Observers rather hard questions a whirl...

EASY

Name the current First Minister and deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland the the parties they represent. Robinson DUP, McGuinness Sinn Fein

Which party won every election to the old Parliament of Northern Ireland?
Ulster Unionist
What was "The Troubles"?
Low intensity communal conflict over status of Norther Ireland lasting from around 1968/69-1998
Who was Bobby Sands?
IRA Volunteer who led the hunger strike of 1981. Had been imprisoned for weapons charges. Sought for five demands for prisoners rights from Thatcher govt. Was elected MP to FST before dying.


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What was "Bloody Sunday" and when did it occur?
Jan 30 1972, Derry.  British parachute regiment opened fire on unarmed demonstrators. (Some claim Mr McGuinness himself had been taking some potshots at British army) First tribunal to investigate was Widgery Tribunal- largely seen as a whitewash. Subsequent Bloody Sunday tribunal, after decades and a lot of money, found British army had lied and was largely at fault.

What part of Gerry Adams was banned in the UK and Ireland for a number of years?
voice, interestingly Stephen Rea and other actors were called in to voice Republican statements.

Name three active Terrorist groups during The Troubles, with at least one being Republican and one Loyalist.  hmm A NICE ALPHABET SOUP. PIRA, OIRA, CIRA, RIRA, INLA, UDA, UVF, UFF, LVF, Red Hand Commandoes, Orange Volunteers and several others. LOL @ Lewis answers.

What city is sometimes called "Slash City" and why?
Ive never heard this term.
What is the method of Cabinet Selection in the Assembly?
Can't remember the name- works on power sharing principle where parties share in the executive

Name the parties currently in Cabinet in Northern Ireland
DUP, UUP, SDLP, Sinn Fein and Alliance
The shaking of hands of which two men brought in the current democratic period for Northern Ireland?  Presumedly you mean Paisley and Adams,obviously it took a lot more work than the handshake...




HARD

"The Parades" are a controversial event in Northern Ireland. What event do the largest of these commemorate? Bonus points for naming the event that the Apprentice Boys commemorate.
The largest parades commemorate King Billy's defeat of King James II at the Battle of the Boyne on July 12, 1690 (July 1 old calendar).  The apprentice Boys have a couple of different parades/ceremonies.  One is the closing of the gates- when the apprentice boys defied Lundy's order to surrender and closed the gates to start the siege. The one in August commemorates the lifting of the siege. The Royal Black Institution also has a large parade on July 13th, The Sham fight and ones throughout NI in August.  I somehow managed to not get bottled at one in Ballymena Smiley

Who is the official party leader for Sinn Fein in the Assembly (clue, it's not the dFM)
Well, Adams is still the President of Sinn Fein, but Ray McCartney also has a leadership title within the Assembly.
Who (which party leader) was literally dragged out of the legislature kicking and screaming in 1986  Well Big Ian has been dragged out of many venues in his time.  I assume you mean this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Fm0QOIw8nQ

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« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2011, 07:16:40 pm »
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Actually I meant this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dt9VlUXWG1E
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« Reply #10 on: August 16, 2011, 07:56:42 pm »
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Ha, I was trying to find that video to post also.
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« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2011, 08:03:00 pm »
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EASY
Name the current First Minister and deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland the the parties they represent.
FM: Peter Robinson, DUP.
dFM: Martin McGuiness, SF.

Which party won every election to the old Parliament of Northern Ireland?
Ulster Unionists, i.e. UUP

What was "The Troubles"?
A time of violent tensions in Northern Ireland, where religious troubles were very problematic. IRA and republican groups were killing Protestants and UVF and other loyalist groups were killing Catholics. It was a sort-of civil war and could have degenerated in a ethnic war, if UK and Ireland weren't modern states of law.

Who was Bobby Sands?
Some really young guy who died in jail of hunger strike and which was elected MP while being in jail. Very Republican.


MEDIUM
What was "Bloody Sunday" and when did it occur?
A parachute regiment of the Army shot on peaceful protestors asking for equality between Catholics and Protestants. I'll try 1982.

What part of Gerry Adams was banned in the UK and Ireland for a number of years?
A part? I'll say his voice, as it was the only part of him that was dangerous, even if I doubt than Ireland would depreve someone from his freedom to speech.
 
Name three active Terrorist groups during The Troubles, with at least one being Republican and one Loyalist.
IRA (Irish Republican Army), Republican. UVF (Ulster Volunteer Force), Loyalist. Real IRA, Republican.

What city is sometimes called "Slash City" and why?
Londonderry/Derry? Because neutrality forces the use of the two names and signs have the slash (/) on them?

What is the method of Cabinet Selection in the Assembly?
Seats are given on a proportionnal way. Each time a party is awarded a Cabinet seat, it chooses a cabinet office until all offices are taken. The Justice minister is an exception, since it is elected by a cross-community vote by the Assembly (which guarentees the seat to the Alliance, in fact)

Name the parties currently in Cabinet in Northern Ireland
DUP, UUP, SDLP, SF and Alliance (APNI)

The shaking of hands of which two men brought in the current democratic period for Northern Ireland?
Gerry Adams and Ian Paisley?


HARD

"The Parades" are a controversial event in Northern Ireland. What event do the largest of these commemorate? Bonus points for naming the event that the Apprentice Boys commemorate.
The victory of the ultra-protestant Orange prince over the Irish Catholics. The Apprentice Boys are based in Derry and commemorate some siege, I think.

Who is the official party leader for Sinn Fein in the Assembly (clue, it's not the dFM)
Michelle Gildernew?

Who (which party leader) was literally dragged out of the legislature kicking and screaming in 1986
Gerry Adams?
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a) For what constituency was Ian Paisley (Sr.) first elected to Stormont (the Northern Ireland Parliament)? Bannside- areas around Ballymena and Ballymoney.
b) Under what label was he first elected?  Protestant Unionist
c) What was the name of the party founded by Brian Faulkner in 1974? Unionist Party of NI
d) Who succeeded Faulkner as leader of the party and what "first" did the new leader represent? Harry West.  Dont know- He lost to Sands later in his career
e) What was the significance of the Wild Birds Act under the Stormont Parliament? Dont know
f) What "first" did Gerard Benedict Newe achieve in 1971? First Catholic minister?
g) Who was the Alliance Party's first Westminster MP? Long was the first elected. I think some moderate Unionist changed party id, but cant remember who.

h) In the 1982 Assembly elections, the United Ulster Unionist Party failed to win a seat with only 1.8% of the vote. However, two of its candidates in that election were to serve in the Northern Ireland Executive between 2007 and 2011. Name them. Reg Empey and __

i) Which five Sinn Féin candidates were elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1982?
Adams, McGuinness, Owen Carron, Danny Morrison and
j) Which seat did the Unionist parties lose in the bye-elections after the Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1986 and to whom did they lose?
k) Name the ten parties who took seats in elections to the Northern Ireland Forum in 1996.
Sinn Fein, DUP, Alliance, SDLP, UUP, PUP, UKUP...
l) Name the party which took six seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections in 1998, only to see all of its MLAs, apart from the party leader, leave the party? What, if any, connection did a cream bun have to this story? UKUP. Dont get the reference
m) Prior to the Dáil and Northern Ireland Assembly elections in 2011, three political parties had members in both legislative bodies. Name them. Sinn Fein, The Workers Party?, maybe one of the Unionist parties in the eaarly Dail..
n) Five urban areas in Northern Ireland have the title "city". Name them.
Belfast, Derry, Newry, Lisburn and for some reason Armagh Smiley
o) Who has announced his intention to contest the leadership of the SDLP? Havent been keeping in touch with the news.
p) Which building acquired the nickname "Dome of Delights" during the 1980s? ?
q) What did the banner across its front declare until the courts ordered it to be taken down? ?
r) Two Paisleys were elected to Westminster from Northern Ireland seats in 2010. Name them.
Ian the less and Ian as Baron Bannside?
s) What catchy acronym was used by the electoral pact between the Ulster Unionists and Conservatives in the 2010 election? ...
t) Who stood as the Alliance Party candidate in the 2009 European elections? dont know
u) For what party and in what constituency did he stand in the 2010 Westminster elections?..
v) For what party and in what constituency did his girlfriend/partner stand in the 2010 Westminster elections?...
w) Of what party is the girlfriend/partner now a member, having defected in November 2010?...
x) In which constituency did the SDLP ill-advisedly but accurately compare its 2001 Westminster election campaign to Stalingrad?  West Tyrone
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a) For what constituency was Ian Paisley (Sr.) first elected to Stormont (the Northern Ireland Parliament)? Bannside- areas around Ballymena and Ballymoney.
b) Under what label was he first elected?  Protestant Unionist
c) What was the name of the party founded by Brian Faulkner in 1974? Unionist Party of NI

Three out of three so far.

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d) Who succeeded Faulkner as leader of the party and what "first" did the new leader represent? Harry West.  Dont know- He lost to Sands later in his career

Wrong party.

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e) What was the significance of the Wild Birds Act under the Stormont Parliament? Dont know
f) What "first" did Gerard Benedict Newe achieve in 1971? First Catholic minister?

Yes.

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g) Who
was the Alliance Party's first Westminster MP? Long was the first elected. I think some moderate Unionist changed party id, but cant remember who.

On the right lines but need the name.

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h) In the 1982 Assembly elections, the United Ulster Unionist Party failed to win a seat with only 1.8% of the vote. However, two of its candidates in that election were to serve in the Northern Ireland Executive between 2007 and 2011. Name them. Reg Empey and __

...someone else.

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i) Which five Sinn Féin candidates were elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1982?
Adams, McGuinness, Owen Carron, Danny Morrison and

The fifth was in Armagh.

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j) Which seat did the Unionist parties lose in the bye-elections after the Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1986 and to whom did they lose?
k) Name the ten parties who took seats in elections to the Northern Ireland Forum in 1996.
Sinn Fein, DUP, Alliance, SDLP, UUP, PUP, UKUP...

7/10.

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l) Name the party which took six seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections in 1998, only to see all of its MLAs, apart from the party leader, leave the party? What, if any, connection did a cream bun have to this story? UKUP. Dont get the reference

UKUP's leader, the non-argumentative, non-egotistical Sideshow Bob McCartney QC, won a libel case against a Belfast newspaper (the Telegraph, I think) which had claimed in a diary piece that he and another prominent lawyer had engaged in a spat in a bakery/confectionery over the last cream bun in the shop.

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m) Prior to the Dáil and Northern Ireland Assembly elections in 2011, three political parties had members in both legislative bodies. Name them. Sinn Fein, The Workers Party?, maybe one of the Unionist parties in the eaarly Dail..

This is directly prior to the elections. 1/3.

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n) Five urban areas in Northern Ireland have the title "city". Name them.
Belfast, Derry, Newry, Lisburn and for some reason Armagh Smiley

Armagh has some rationale behind it. The middle two, not so much.

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o) Who has announced his intention to contest the leadership of the SDLP? Havent been keeping in touch with the news.
p) Which building acquired the nickname "Dome of Delights" during the 1980s? ?
q) What did the banner across its front declare until the courts ordered it to be taken down? ?
r) Two Paisleys were elected to Westminster from Northern Ireland seats in 2010. Name them.
Ian the less and Ian as Baron Bannside?

Baby Doc is one. The second is more obscure. Possibly might be viewed as a trick question.

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s) What catchy acronym was used by the electoral pact between the Ulster Unionists and Conservatives in the 2010 election? ...
t) Who stood as the Alliance Party candidate in the 2009 European elections? dont know
u) For what party and in what constituency did he stand in the 2010 Westminster elections?..
v) For what party and in what constituency did his girlfriend/partner stand in the 2010 Westminster elections?...
w) Of what party is the girlfriend/partner now a member, having defected in November 2010?...
x) In which constituency did the SDLP ill-advisedly but accurately compare its 2001 Westminster election campaign to Stalingrad?  West Tyrone

Yep. With Bríd Rogers, who deserved better, as von Manstein.
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Name the current First Minister and deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland the the parties they represent.
--- Sinn Fein and the DUP. Martin McGuiness is the deputy I think, I don't know who the Unionist one is.

Which party won every election to the old Parliament of Northern Ireland?
--- Ulster Unionist Party.

What was "The Troubles"?
--- The almost-civil war that involved the IRA, the British army, Northern Ireland police and paramilitary, diverse loyalist militia and diverse IRA splinters, and that last from 1969 to the 1990s.
 
Who was Bobby Sands?
--- An Irish Republican martyr, who died after a hunger strike in the H-blocks.


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What was "Bloody Sunday" and when did it occur?
--- 1972, forgot about the date. British paratroopers shot dead 13 men in Derry, who took part in a demonstration for civil rights. All of them unarmed, many 17-year-olds and some priests among them.

What part of Gerry Adams was banned in the UK and Ireland for a number of years?
--- What?

Name three active Terrorist groups during The Troubles, with at least one being Republican and one Loyalist.
--- (Provisional) Irish Republican Army (IRA / Provos), Ulster Defensive Army (UDA), Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)

What city is sometimes called "Slash City" and why?
--- No idea. Derry?

What is the method of Cabinet Selection in the Assembly?
--- I don't know about the details, but the biggest Unionist party and the biggest Nationalist party have to form a mandatory coalition.

Name the parties currently in Cabinet in Northern Ireland
--- Sinn Fein and the DUP.

The shaking of hands of which two men brought in the current democratic period for Northern Ireland?
--- David Trimble, John Hume



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"The Parades" are a controversial event in Northern Ireland. What event do the largest of these commemorate? Bonus points for naming the event that the Apprentice Boys commemorate.
--- Ah, its about that battle in the late 17th century (1692? Not sure...) where a protestant army defeated catholic King James (?). Don't know the date.

Who is the official party leader for Sinn Fein in the Assembly (clue, it's not the dFM)
--- Since Gerry Adams and Martin McGuiness are the only Shinners I know by name: Pass.

Who (which party leader) was literally dragged out of the legislature kicking and screaming in 1986
--- Ian Paisley?
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« Reply #15 on: August 17, 2011, 12:30:05 am »
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A few more, possibly harder, ones:

a) For what constituency was Ian Paisley (Sr.) first elected to Stormont (the Northern Ireland Parliament)?
--- One of the Antrim constituencies I would expect. I try and say Antrim South.

b) Under what label was he first elected?
--- Ulster Unionist, I think. Before he formed the DUP.

c) What was the name of the party founded by Brian Faulkner in 1974?
--- Alliance Party?

d) Who succeeded Faulkner as leader of the party and what "first" did the new leader represent?
--- Huh

e) What was the significance of the Wild Birds Act under the Stormont Parliament?
--- Huh

f) What "first" did Gerard Benedict Newe achieve in 1971?
--- Huh

g) Who was the Alliance Party's first Westminster MP?
--- The woman that was elected 2010 in Belfast East. Last name is Long, forgot her first name. Nicole or Louise...?

h) In the 1982 Assembly elections, the United Ulster Unionist Party failed to win a seat with only 1.8% of the vote. However, two of its candidates in that election were to serve in the Northern Ireland Executive between 2007 and 2011. Name them.
--- Huh

i) Which five Sinn Féin candidates were elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1982?
--- I bet McGuiness and Adams were among them. No idea who else.

j) Which seat did the Unionist parties lose in the bye-elections after the Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1986 and to whom did they lose?
--- Possibly they lost it to the DUP. No idea which constituency.

k) Name the ten parties who took seats in elections to the Northern Ireland Forum in 1996.
--- Sinn Fein, SDLP, Alliance Party, UUP... wait, there were ten parties? The DUP did abstain iirc. Perhaps the Greens too. No idea who else.

l) Name the party which took six seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections in 1998, only to see all of its MLAs, apart from the party leader, leave the party. What, if any, connection did a cream bun have to this story?
--- Huh

m) Prior to the Dáil and Northern Ireland Assembly elections in 2011, three political parties had members in both legislative bodies. Name them.
--- Sinn Fein of course. And since you said prior to the Dail elections, and only one party lost all its seats in the Dail: The Greens? And "People Before Profit" maybe too.

n) Five urban areas in Northern Ireland have the title "city". Name them.
--- Belfast, Derry/Londonderry... Armagh...

o) Who has announced his intention to contest the leadership of the SDLP?
--- Huh

p) Which building acquired the nickname "Dome of Delights" during the 1980s?
--- Huh

q) What did the banner across its front declare until the courts ordered it to be taken down?
--- Huh

r) Two Paisleys were elected to Westminster from Northern Ireland seats in 2010. Name them.
--- Ian Paisley jr., don't know who else.

s) What catchy acronym was used by the electoral pact between the Ulster Unionists and Conservatives in the 2010 election?
--- UCUC, Ulster Conservative and Unionist Coalition.

t) Who stood as the Alliance Party candidate in the 2009 European elections?
--- Huh

u) For what party and in what constituency did he stand in the 2010 Westminster elections?
--- Huh

v) For what party and in what constituency did his girlfriend/partner stand in the 2010 Westminster elections?
--- Huh

w) Of what party is the girlfriend/partner now a member, having defected in November 2010?
--- Huh

x) In which constituency did the SDLP ill-advisedly but accurately compare its 2001 Westminster election campaign to Stalingrad?
--- Huh
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a) North Antrim?

b) Vanguard?

c) Vanguard, again?

d) McCartney? Who renamed the party in UKUP? (I'm probaby saying nonsence, putting together names, parties and patchy memory.)

e) It was the only bill which passed with unanimity?

f) He crossed the floor from unionist to republicanisn?

g) He is a party-switcher. But I don't remember his name. I only remember Oliver Napier.

h) Trimble and Empey?

i) Adams, Gildernew, de Brun, McGuiness and McCartney?

j) Newry and Armagh. They lost to Seamus Mallon.

k) APNI, DUP, UKUP, SF, NIWC, SDLP, UUP, PUP and Huh?

l) I assume it is some party like the UKUP. I remember they collasped in a strange way. It has nothing to do with a cream bun, I hope.

m) SF, Workers' Party and Unionist Party?

n) (London)Derry, Belfast, Armagh, Omagh, Strabane?

o) I read it recently, but I don't remember.

p) Belfast City Hall?

q) God Kills the Queen?

r) Ian Jr and ?

s) UCUNF (United Conservatives and Unionists - New Force).

t) Alderdice?

u) Alliance, Belfast South?

v) Alliance, Belfast West?

w) SDLP?

x) North Down? That place is a hell for Republicans.
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« Reply #17 on: August 17, 2011, 04:31:50 am »
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See my earlier reply to Patrick for some of the correct answers:

a) North Antrim?

b) Vanguard?

c) Vanguard, again?

d) McCartney? Who renamed the party in UKUP? (I'm probaby saying nonsence, putting together names, parties and patchy memory.)

e) It was the only bill which passed with unanimity?

Not quite.

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f) He crossed the floor from unionist to republicanisn?

g) He is a party-switcher. But I don't remember his name. I only remember Oliver Napier.

h) Trimble and Empey?

i) Adams, Gildernew, de Brun, McGuiness and McCartney?

j) Newry and Armagh. They lost to Seamus Mallon.

Yes.

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k) APNI, DUP, UKUP, SF, NIWC, SDLP, UUP, PUP and Huh?

8/10

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l) I assume it is some party like the UKUP. I remember they collasped in a strange way. It has nothing to do with a cream bun, I hope.

Yes. Cream bun explained earlier.

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m) SF, Workers' Party and Unionist Party?

n) (London)Derry, Belfast, Armagh, Omagh, Strabane?

o) I read it recently, but I don't remember.

p) Belfast City Hall?

Yes. Ironically named by a journalist called Jim McDowell in reference to the continual verbal brawling and disruption employed by the Unionist majority, particularly against Sinn Féin councillors, in the aftermath of the Anglo-Irish Agreement.

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q) God Kills the Queen?

Eh, no.

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r) Ian Jr and ?

s) UCUNF (United Conservatives and Unionists - New Force).

Ulster Conservatives and Unionists - New Force. Fortunately, the original idea of "New Thrilling Synthesis" was left on the drawing board.

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t) Alderdice?

u) Alliance, Belfast South?

v) Alliance, Belfast West?

w) SDLP?

x) North Down? That place is a hell for Republicans.
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m) Prior to the Dáil and Northern Ireland Assembly elections in 2011, three political parties had members in both legislative bodies. Name them.
--- Sinn Fein of course. And since you said prior to the Dail elections, and only one party lost all its seats in the Dail: The Greens? And "People Before Profit" maybe too.

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I think I suggested they try Conservatives and Unionists - New Truth.
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McHugh might have been in FF but he remained Independent in the Assembly.
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« Reply #21 on: August 17, 2011, 12:51:50 pm »
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Without reading other answers...

a) For what constituency was Ian Paisley (Sr.) first elected to Stormont (the Northern Ireland Parliament)? North Antrim

b) Under what label was he first elected? Some shortlived party that basically became the DUP soon after.

c) What was the name of the party founded by Brian Faulkner in 1974?
Northern Ireland Unionist Party. It bombed.

d) Who succeeded Faulkner as leader of the party and what "first" did the new leader represent?
Forget his name; opposition to Sunningdale (and by extension, to any kind of dialogue with taigs)

e) What was the significance of the Wild Birds Act under the Stormont Parliament?
?

f) What "first" did Gerard Benedict Newe achieve in 1971?
?

g) Who was the Alliance Party's first Westminster MP?
The second was Naomi Long...

h) In the 1982 Assembly elections, the United Ulster Unionist Party failed to win a seat with only 1.8% of the vote. However, two of its candidates in that election were to serve in the Northern Ireland Executive between 2007 and 2011. Name them.
I needed the reminder of the first set of questions to recall that that election ever happened, now you expect me to know stuff about the unionist splinter parties of the time?

i) Which five Sinn Féin candidates were elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1982?
?

j) Which seat did the Unionist parties lose in the bye-elections after the Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1986 and to whom did they lose?
Prolly the DUP.

k) Name the ten parties who took seats in elections to the Northern Ireland Forum in 1996.
UUP, DUP, PUP, APNI, SDLP, SF, Northern Ireland Womens' Coalition, Rob McCartney's outfit, uh... WP?

l) Name the party which took six seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections in 1998, only to see all of its MLAs, apart from the party leader, leave the party. What, if any, connection did a cream bun have to this story?
Yeah, as I said, Rob McCartney's outfit (wait, is that his name? MP for North Down). United Kingdom Unionist Party, I think the name was. No idea about the cream bun.

m) Prior to the Dáil and Northern Ireland Assembly elections in 2011, three political parties had members in both legislative bodies. Name them.
Uh, what? There were Greens in both bodies but it's not the same party, is it? SF obviously, and unless you're counting SDLP as "a Labour Party", I haven't a clue what you might be referring to.

n) Five urban areas in Northern Ireland have the title "city". Name them.
Derry, Belfast, Lisburn, uh... Armagh? What with the Cathedral and stuff? And... Bangor maybe?

o) Who has announced his intention to contest the leadership of the SDLP?
?

p) Which building acquired the nickname "Dome of Delights" during the 1980s?
?

q) What did the banner across its front declare until the courts ordered it to be taken down?
?

r) Two Paisleys were elected to Westminster from Northern Ireland seats in 2010. Name them.
I don't believe you. Ian Paisley the Father stood down and Ian Paisley the Son inherited the seat.

s) What catchy acronym was used by the electoral pact between the Ulster Unionists and Conservatives in the 2010 election?
UCUNF

t) Who stood as the Alliance Party candidate in the 2009 European elections?
?

u) For what party and in what constituency did he stand in the 2010 Westminster elections?
?

v) For what party and in what constituency did his girlfriend/partner stand in the 2010 Westminster elections?
?

w) Of what party is the girlfriend/partner now a member, having defected in November 2010?
I demand an end to the building questions already.

x) In which constituency did the SDLP ill-advisedly but accurately compare its 2001 Westminster election campaign to Stalingrad?
Belfast West? Seeing as they won it as late as 92 and now got totally clobbered?
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Oh damn, reading comprehension issues on a) and d).
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McHugh might have been in FF but he remained Independent in the Assembly.

He was still publicly a member of the party though.
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« Reply #24 on: August 17, 2011, 04:26:23 pm »
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Without reading other answers...

a) For what constituency was Ian Paisley (Sr.) first elected to Stormont (the Northern Ireland Parliament)? North Antrim

b) Under what label was he first elected? Some shortlived party that basically became the DUP soon after.

c) What was the name of the party founded by Brian Faulkner in 1974?
Northern Ireland Unionist Party. It bombed.

The NIUP was the party formed by the disaffected followers of the Cream Bun (see question l)). However, it bombed even more spectacularly than UPNI. (You could probably randomly generate a series of four letter acronyms containing UP and find that every one was a real Unionist splinter group).

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d) Who succeeded Faulkner as leader of the party and what "first" did the new leader represent?
Forget his name; opposition to Sunningdale (and by extension, to any kind of dialogue with taigs)

e) What was the significance of the Wild Birds Act under the Stormont Parliament?
?

f) What "first" did Gerard Benedict Newe achieve in 1971?
?

g) Who was the Alliance Party's first Westminster MP?
The second was Naomi Long...

h) In the 1982 Assembly elections, the United Ulster Unionist Party failed to win a seat with only 1.8% of the vote. However, two of its candidates in that election were to serve in the Northern Ireland Executive between 2007 and 2011. Name them.
I needed the reminder of the first set of questions to recall that that election ever happened, now you expect me to know stuff about the unionist splinter parties of the time?

i) Which five Sinn Féin candidates were elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1982?
?

j) Which seat did the Unionist parties lose in the bye-elections after the Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1986 and to whom did they lose?
Prolly the DUP.

k) Name the ten parties who took seats in elections to the Northern Ireland Forum in 1996.
UUP, DUP, PUP, APNI, SDLP, SF, Northern Ireland Womens' Coalition, Rob McCartney's outfit, uh... WP?

8/10

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l) Name the party which took six seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections in 1998, only to see all of its MLAs, apart from the party leader, leave the party. What, if any, connection did a cream bun have to this story?
Yeah, as I said, Rob McCartney's outfit (wait, is that his name? MP for North Down). United Kingdom Unionist Party, I think the name was. No idea about the cream bun.

Cream bun explained earlier.

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m) Prior to the Dáil and Northern Ireland Assembly elections in 2011, three political parties had members in both legislative bodies. Name them.
Uh, what? There were Greens in both bodies but it's not the same party, is it? SF obviously, and unless you're counting SDLP as "a Labour Party", I haven't a clue what you might be referring to.

The Greens in NI and the Republic are officially part of the same party. See the previous message for the third.

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n) Five urban areas in Northern Ireland have the title "city". Name them.
Derry, Belfast, Lisburn, uh... Armagh? What with the Cathedral and stuff? And... Bangor maybe?

Newry is the fifth. When a Prod market town (Lisburn) got upgraded it was considered balanced to give a Taig market town the leg-up at the same time.

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o) Who has announced his intention to contest the leadership of the SDLP?
?

p) Which building acquired the nickname "Dome of Delights" during the 1980s?
?

q) What did the banner across its front declare until the courts ordered it to be taken down?
?

r) Two Paisleys were elected to Westminster from Northern Ireland seats in 2010. Name them.
I don't believe you. Ian Paisley the Father stood down and Ian Paisley the Son inherited the seat.

Baby Doc is one. The other used their surname (Paisley) in their professional life but not in their political career.

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s) What catchy acronym was used by the electoral pact between the Ulster Unionists and Conservatives in the 2010 election?
UCUNF

Yep.

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t) Who stood as the Alliance Party candidate in the 2009 European elections?
?

u) For what party and in what constituency did he stand in the 2010 Westminster elections?
?

v) For what party and in what constituency did his girlfriend/partner stand in the 2010 Westminster elections?
?

w) Of what party is the girlfriend/partner now a member, having defected in November 2010?
I demand an end to the building questions already.

x) In which constituency did the SDLP ill-advisedly but accurately compare its 2001 Westminster election campaign to Stalingrad?
Belfast West? Seeing as they won it as late as 92 and now got totally clobbered?

No. West Belfast was a lost cause long before then.
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