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Snapshots: Here's what four years in government does to you...

It’s exactly four years since the last general election so how do some of our ministers look now compared to 2011?

IT’S EXACTLY FOUR years since the historic general election of 2011 saw the Fine Gael/Labour coalition swept into power.

A lot has happened in the last four years with the economy growing again, the Troika having left, several ministers resigning and a whole of host controversies and scandals impacting on public support for the government.

But how has four years in government affected our ministers health and well-being? It’s hard to tell definitively, but many of them often remark on how they’ve never worked harder in their lives.

So here’s a quick look at how some of them looked back then, and how they look now…

Enda Kenny

2011

General Elections Campaigns Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

2015

Strategic Banking Corporation Meetings Source: sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Joan Burton

2011

Start of the General Elections Campaigns Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

2015

New Garda Recruits Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Michael Noonan

2011

General Elections Campaigns Source: graph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

2015

Cabinet Meetings on Water Campaigns Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Frances Fitzgerald

2011

National Children's Strategy launch Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

2015

Family Relationships Bills Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Brendan Howlin

2011

General Elections Campaigns Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

2015

Strategic Banking Corporation of Irela Source: sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Richard Bruton

2011

General Elections Campaigns Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

2015

11/2/2015. Action Plans For Jobs Creations Source: /Photocall Ireland

Leo Varadkar

2011

General Elections Campaigns Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

2015

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar arrives Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Alan Kelly

2011

Labour broadband Infrastructure launch Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

2015

Newly Refurbished Fr. Scully House Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

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