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. (...)