There are opt-outs available for studying Irish for pupils who have been abroad for a period of time or for students who say they have no understanding of English.

Pupils from abroad may be obliged to study Irish in school under new measures being considered by Department of Education officials. At present, ther(...)

Irish is perceived to be one of the most challenging subjects in the Leaving Cert. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Department of Education is reviewing the granting of exemptions from studying Irish amid evidence that thousands of students who secure them are s(...)

Block A of Joyce’s Court on Talbot Street, Dublin, which has been purchased by Corum Asset Management

France-based Corum Asset Management has invested a further €14 million in the Dublin commercial property market, buying the Joyce’s Court office and r(...)

 Glenstal Abbey student Sean Fenton(18) from Cork city who suffers from epilepsy: he is repeating his Leaving Cert after suffering a seizure during his history Leaving Cert exam last year. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press

The Leaving Certificate exams are stressful for all students, but particularly for students with medical conditions or learning difficulties. About o(...)

Official figures show that  60 per cent of Leaving Cert students who had an exemption from sitting the Irish exam went on to sit exams in French, German and Spanish. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

More than half of Leaving Cert students who were granted an exemption from studying Irish on the grounds of a learning disability went on to study a (...)

Kate Tobin, a former nun who is living with multiple sclerosis, at her home in Clonroche, Co Wexford. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Kate Tobin, a 51-year-old former nun who worked in the UK as a palliative care nurse for 10 years, is suffering through the latter states of multiple (...)

Two office blocks with four ground-floor retail units in Dublin 1 are quoting more than €15 million through agent CBRE. This would reflect a net initi(...)

Five health charities will receive a prize of €10,000 each in recognition of the impact they have made in their communities.  File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Five health charities will receive a prize of €10,000 each in recognition of the impact they have made in their communities. The GSK Ireland Impact (...)

The Dyslexia Association of Ireland has insisted there are genuine reasons why many of these students are studying a European language. Photograph: Getty Images

Many students who have received exemptions from studying Irish in the Leaving Cert on the basis of learning disabilities have valid reasons for studyi(...)

Last Thursday we heard that a case taken by a dyslexic student against the State Exam Commission (SEC) had been successfully upheld by the High Court.(...)

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