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Garda Margaret Byrne  with Inishfree Island resident Hans Schleweck, as she prepares to escort a ballot box to Inishfree Island off the west coast of Ireland, on February 25th, 2016. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

A dozen offshore island communities on the west and northwest coasts have cast their ballots in the 2016 general election, amid criticism of the lack (...)

Garda Jim Brennan; David Alcorn, presiding officer; and Donal Ó Dufaigh, a radio reporter, return from Inishfree Island to Burtonport, Co Donegal, with the General Election ballot box, containing two votes, in November 1992. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The remote island of Inishfree off Donegal has been left to itself once again after its sole resident returned to England after 20 years. (...)