There is just no place like home for Tanaiste Mary
New Tanaiste Mary Coughlan last night returned in triumph to her Donegal South-West constituency, cheered by thousands of supporters.
They carried her shoulder-high across the county border from Leitrim into Donegal when she stepped from her State car at the Drowes River, just south of Bundoran.
A celebratory party was held at the Milltown Bar, Inver, which is just a short distance from her home in Frosses. The party continued into the early hours of this morning.
Thousands of supporters gathered in Bundoran, Ballyshannon, Ballintra and Laghey for victory rallies.
The Tanaiste, who was accompanied by her husband, David Charlton, and children, Cathal and Maeve (above), was greeted at the county boundary by Minister of State Pat 'the Cope' Gallagher, who also represents the constituency, and Billy Mulhern, the chairman of Bundoran Town Council.
Tributes were paid along the route as a number of local councillors and business leaders vied to shake the hand of the 43-year-old.
Ms Coughlan thanked her supporters and told how humbled she was by the honour bestowed on her and on Donegal.
She pledged: "I'll be doing my best for the people of the north-west, particularly my own county."