The 2011 general election is the worst election result for Fianna Fáil since the party was founded.
Coalition partners the Green Party fails to get anyone elected.
Fine Gael become the largest party in the Dáíl and go on to form a coalition with Labour. The election is a success for Sinn Féin and a wide range of Independent candidates.
In the run up to the election RTÉ looks back at the influence of television debates in previous elections and explains the proportional representation voting system with the help of national school pupils.