An estimated 2,070 candidates took Friday morning’s applied maths exam in the Leaving Cert. This ran concurrently with the religion paper, which 1,290 students sat. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

After 13 intense days, the Leaving Cert has drawn to a close for about 5,000 students who had one last paper to sit. The final exams were in applied (...)

Ed Sheeran, Tesla cars and GPS satellites featured in today’s higher level physics exam, a modern paper with applications to everyday life. The(...)

Pictured outside Loreto College, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin were Rebecca Black, Darcey Barrett, Emily McAndrew and Aoife Byrne. Photograph: Dave Meehan

While the Eucharistic Congress made an appearance instead of an anticipated question on the Treaty, higher level Leaving Cert history students woul(...)

The genetics question was unusual, as birds were used in the example. Bird chromosomes are the opposite way around to other species. File photograph:  Bob Winters/AFP

It was a challenging day for students of biology who emerged from the higher level paper complaining of difficult and, at times, old-fashioned questio(...)

The comprehension pieces, on golfer Rory McIlroy and US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, were both suited to this level. Photograph: AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards

Teachers and students have reacted positively to the higher and ordinary level Irish paper two, following general approval of paper one. Robbie Cronin(...)

In the context of major stories - water charges, Charlie Hebdo, marriage equality referendum were all topics students could have written about. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Higher level Irish students who prepared well for the oral Irish exam were doubly rewarded with a paper that was rich in the issues of the day, accord(...)

That wasn’t a soft breeze which stopped people in their tracks. It was a massive sigh of relief, breathed by over 30,000 apprehensive Leaving Cert (...)

Question 8, referring to an oil slick, was the most novel on the paper

Teachers and students have reacted with fury and upset to this year’s ordinary level maths paper, while those taking the higher level paper were gener(...)

“It wasn’t a predictable paper,” said Elaine Dobbyn, a teacher in Coláiste Iognáid, Galway. “I thought the State Examinations Commission did a good job of challenging the students without throwing them completely.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

There were no tears today for Leaving Cert students of English as Paper 2 performed as students hoped and, dare one suggest, expected on Thursday afte(...)

Ballyraine Hall, Letterkenny:  modern student residential facility with 58 apartments and 150 bedrooms

DTZ Sherry FitzGerald has secured €3,228,000 for Ballyraine Hall, a modern student residential facility with 58 apartments and 150 bedrooms in Letterk(...)