Leaving Cert politics: Trump and nationalism appear but no sign of Brexit

Students asked to evaluate whether Taoiseach’s plan for a new social contract is needed

Donald Trump appeared in the first ever Leaving Cert politics exam. Photo: Tom Brenner/The New York Times

Donald Trump appeared in the first ever Leaving Cert politics exam. Photo: Tom Brenner/The New York Times

The first-ever Leaving Cert politics paper took on US President Donald Trump and his role in the rise of nationalism and division worldwide, but two much-anticipated questions on Brexit and media analysis did not appear.

Bairbre Kennedy, a teacher at Malahide Community School, said that the aim of the course – to develop the learner’s capacity to engage in reflective and active citizenship – was realised in the exam questions.

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