Relative degrees: Catherine and Sophie O’Sullivan, and Mary O’Donnell

As the university conferring season got into full swing this month, there was a special celebration for Sophie O’Sullivan, who followed in the footste(...)

The proportion of maths candidates who took the subject at higher level increased from 48 per cent in 2012 to almost 54 per cent in 2014. Photograph: Getty Images

The publication of the Junior Cert results for 60,327 students this morning is a stark reminder that the strong growth in the numbers of students prog(...)

Some 1,730 students received a “Distinction” grade in the Leaving Certificate, 79 per cent of whom were girls

Girls outperformed boys in 50 of the 59 Leaving Cert papers at higher and ordinary level, a gender breakdown of this year’s results shows. At h(...)

If you are one of the unfortunate 645 higher level candidates to fail maths, a number of colleges offer second change higher level Maths exams to enable you to access your level 8 courses.

Following the release of the Leaving Cert results yesterday, students and parents emailed their queries to The Irish Times helpdesk

Conor Gallagher, from Ballsbridge, Co. Dublin, who got Nine A1s in the Leaving Certificate, celebrates with classmates at St Michael’s College, Ballsbridge, today. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 2:05

Conor Gallagher, the student who achieved the highest results in this year’s Leaving Certificate exams, said “nothing could have prepared him” for ach(...)


Entry requirements for engineering, business and several other popular courses are expected to rise this year after a record number of students gained(...)

Now, the next step: once you have got over the initial excitement of seeing your grades in print, your mind will turn to your CAO points score

For the vast majority of the class of 2014, the results you have achieved in your Leaving Cert, which will be handed to you by your former school prin(...)

UCC Student Centre. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Leaving Certificate results should be released earlier to help aid the student accommodation crisis, the President of the Union of Students Ireland ((...)

Emily Logan is the  Ombudsman for Children. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Ombudsman for Children is to meet the State Examinations Commission (SEC) after 13 parents complained that their children, who have a range of lea(...)

A spokesman for the State Examinations Commission said the ideal test would be to get a former student to sit the papers “but you have to balance that with the need to ensure secrecy of the project”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Some 55,000 Leaving Cert students start their exams today in the knowledge that each paper, for the first time, has been sat in advance by an indepen(...)