Candidates were pleased with the selection of questions, but also the clarity of language, in the higher level paper in particular. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill / THE IRISH TIMES

Prayers were answered on the final morning of the Leaving Cert with religious education presenting “one of the nicest, fairest papers we’ve seen,” ac(...)

Students who took a study shortcut by skipping the soil section of the agricultural science Leaving Cert course this year would have had their options limited on a higher level paper that teachers agreed was reasonably fair, but no walkover. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Students who took a study shortcut by skipping the soil section of the agricultural science Leaving Cert course this year would have had their options(...)

The final day of exams was a reasonably good one for the small number of Junior Cert students who were finishing up with Latin, Italian and classical(...)

A Charles Stewart Parnell question came up

Students who played study roulette would have been disappointed upon opening the higher level history paper. The Treaty, which was widely tipped to a(...)

One French question was about snowy mountains

Technology and tablets were popular themes among this year’s exam setters with iPad-type issues appearing on both the Junior and Leaving Cert French (...)

The Twittersphere was abuzz with students trying to guess what the morning’s higher level French exam would hold in store. Those who predicted topi(...)

The horse meat scandal mightn’t first spring to mind for Leaving Cert biology but it was one of the more contemporary issues featuring at higher le(...)

Dragon's Den. Photograph: RTE

RTE’s entrepreneurial dragons were waiting in their den for students in their higher level business paper. Examiners had clearly made an effort to lin(...)

President of South Africa Dr Nelson Mandela with the President Mrs McAleese at Aras An Uachtarain

After a delightful paper one, it was perhaps expected that Irish paper two would present higher level students with more of a challenge. “It was mu(...)

Frances Fitzgerald: Sent back to her old job by the CSPE exam.

A mix of wordy and nonwordy questions were laid out for Junior Certs yesterday in the second year of a Maths Paper II exam drawn from the new Project (...)