There are many options available to students who failed to get their desired number of points. Photograph: Alan Betson

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Oberstown Children Detention Campus: This week the facility, which can accommodate 48 inmates, had 36 boys within its fences. All are aged between 15 and 17. Photograph: Eric Luke

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The Cheese Institute aims to help the Irish farmhouse cheese sector fulfil its potential at home and abroad. Photograph: Dave Meehan.

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CAO 2016 Helpdesk: FAQs

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Guidance counsellors Brian Howard and Deirdre Garrett answer questions about the Leaving Cert and CAO process. Photograph: Getty Images
Leaving Cert helpdesk: FAQs

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