Ah, but there were SF folk on GUE/NGL paid for posters…

Which now rings a distant bell, but it hardly changes the core of the analysis. No SF money was harmed in this campaign. And the absence of election workers at the count centres, and the data in the results speak for themselves…

  • ted hagan

    How about a special Slugger election acronym guide?

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  • ted hagan

    SImple query but a bit off topic. Was Ireland’s entry into the EEC in 1972 (depending on a referendum, of course) dependent on the UK being successful in gaining entry or was there any possibility Ireland could have gained entry off its own bat?

  • mickfealty

    I don’t think so. IIRC NO was supposed to go in too but didn’t at that stage. Ireland went in in May 72 (after signing in February), and the UK followed in January 73.

    Interesting that the Irish government’s focus on the way in with the UK was very similar to its focus now the UK is on its way out (https://goo.gl/CntZnS)…


  • ted hagan

    Thanks., Mick.
    ireland/UK. Forever entangled;. love/hate.

  • Paul Hagan

    If you’re referring to GUE-NGL. It stands for European United Left Group – Nordic Green Left. This is the nominally far left group in the European Parliament. As it fulfills certain criteria it is allocated funding by the European Parliament, some of it can be used by member parties, which (slightly incongruously) includes Sinn Fein.

  • Paul Hagan

    I remember seeing UKIP ‘Vote Leave’ posters which bore the EFDD logo, meaning of course that they were paid for by the European Parliament

  • NMS

    No, but then again the UK did not have a referendum & the leadership of all parties supported it. At the time four countries applied for membership and were offered terms.

    Norway voted 53.5% against joining, Denmark 63.3% in favour, Ireland 83.1% in favour.

    Both of the two organisations, which then used the moniker “Sinn Féin” opposed membership. The real one (now WP) ran quite a high profile campaign.

  • ted hagan


  • John Collins

    Ireland may have actually got in about 1963 with GB, but Dr Gaulle vetoed Britain’s entry, thus we were also excluded for about another decade.