Election winner Paul Murphy, now joining Joe Higgins and Ruth Coppinger on the bench behind Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Paul Murphy’s middle-class background and education might seem an unlikely background to being the newly elected TD for Dublin South West, with a soc(...)

Direct bus services to UCD Belfield cover routes near those schools which send the highest proportion of students to the university. In contrast, there are no direct bus routes in west Dublin, where schools with the lowest rate of progression to UCD are located. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A lack of adequate transport links to west Dublin is hindering access by disadvantaged students to universities, according to a study undertaken in U(...)

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(...)

It was an “unnerving” day for the almost 5,000 students sitting Leaving Cert economics

Outdated software is hampering the work of students and teachers of Leaving Certificate design and communication graphics (DCG), subject advocates (...)

Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) and Walter White (Bryan Cranston) in Breaking Bad.

Fans of TV series Breaking Bad may have recognised a picture of Werner Heisenberg on the Leaving Cert chemistry paper. The German theoretical physicis(...)

This year, 7,404 students sat the physics paper. Pat Doyle, a teacher at the Institute of Education, said that the higher level exam was fair and balanced with nothing nasty or unexpected. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The final week of the Leaving Cert has coincided with the start of a mini-heatwave, leaving more than 14,000 students sitting physics, physics and (...)

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(...)

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(...)