Taoiseach Enda Kenny, and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore, at the press conference in 2011. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Coalition promised a ‘democratic revolution’

Tractors on main street: rural Ireland - to know it is to love it.

All this talk of ploughing got us thinking about how unique rural Ireland is

Tellers struggle with tiredness during the count in  Ingleston Hall,  in Edinburgh. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

Here’s what happened overnight...

It’s that time of the year again... File photograph: Frank Miller

One minute it’s beers on the patio and the next you’re hunting for a bale of briquettes

St John’s College Ballyfermot students very happy with their Leaving Cert Results last year...  from left Dean Hogarty, Luke Noonan, Eoin de Lecy, Nathan Doyle, Robert Swaine, Jordan Doyle Mathew Murphy Kalim Teeling and Dean Cullins.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Two of our resident old fogies look on the bright side of life on the eve of results day

2Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald pictured at a press conference today after the publication of the Report of the Independent Review Group on the Department of Justice. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

Review follows report by Seán Guerin into Garda malpractice which was critical of the department

My friend Oliver and I would often cycle to Pat’s Supermarket in Laytown for 99s (with lots of sprinkles) – weather and inclination allowing, of course. If it happened to be a Monday we would sometimes stock up on cans of Fosters lager, bold teenagers that we were.

A recipe for fun in the sun in Meath

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking during a television interview at the count centre for the local and European elections in the TF Royal Hotel, Castlebar Co Mayo today.  Photograph: Keith Heneghan/The Irish Times.

Taoiseach says Gilmore position matter for Labour party in wake of election losses

Fine Gael facing ‘internecine battle’ as Sinn Féin poised to make gains

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