European Elections Friday, May 22, 2009

Between 4-7 June of 2009 (Friday, 5 June in Ireland), registered voters in the EU's 27 Member States will use their votes to elect 736 members of the European Parliament or MEPs.

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Newstalk Quiz on the EU:
Chris Donoghue of Newstalk quizzed Irish candidates from the South on the upcoming European elections, below is their findings. The list of ten questions came from a mix of children’s quizzes on the European Parliaments website.

Quiz Questions:
  1. What year did Ireland join the EU?
  2. How many stars are on the EU flag?
  3. How many countries joined the EU on May the 1st, 2004 when Ireland held the Presidency?
  4. What date is Europe Day?
  5. Which two countries were admitted to the EU in 2007?
  6. What is the capital of Bulgaria?
  7. How many countries use the Euro as their currency?
  8. Who is the minister for state with responsibility for European affairs?
  9. Which country currently holds the EU presidency?
  10. How many EU commissioners are there at the moment?

Answers: 1) 1973; 2) 12; 3) 10; 4) 9th May; 5) Romania & Bulgaria; 6) Sofia; 7) 16; 8) Dick Roche; 9) Czech Republic; 10) 27

Top of the class were outgoing MEPs Brian Crowley (FF) and Kathy Sinnott (Ind) with 9 out of 10. At the other end were Ned O’Keeffe (FF) and Toireasa Ferris (SF) with 3 and 4 out of 10 respectively. Sean Kelly (FG) scored 1 out of the 3 questions he answered before withdrawing and saying the quiz was an unfair way of judging MEP candidates. Alan Kelly (Lab) and Colm Burke (FG) scored 6 out of 10. Listen to the full quiz below.

Newstalk - Are Our MEPs Smarter Than 10 Year Olds? - May 2009

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