Leaving Cert history: Critical thinking skills essential on paper with good choice of topics

Students asked whether Lemass was a strong leader in challenging examination paper

Students were asked about the Irish diaspora, 1840-1966. Photograph: iStockphoto

Students were asked about the Irish diaspora, 1840-1966. Photograph: iStockphoto

An engaging history paper challenged students to take a position and defend it, while there was a good choice of topics on the paper, according to teachers.

Fintan O’Mahony, history teacher and blogger, said the documents question, which focused on the establishment of RTE and the role that the fledgling TV station played in politics and society, was “a lovely choice".

"They were also asked whether [former taoiseach] Seán Lemass was a strong leader and would have been able to make a case either way,” he said.

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