Institute of Education students Katie Pollard  and Julie Alexia Dias relax after their English Leaving Cert exam. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

This year, 5,254 boys sat the Leaving Cert engineering paper. Just 315 girls – just under 6 per cent – took the same exam. This isn’t just an issue o(...)

File image of tourists using a selfie stick on holiday. Ciaran O’Callaghan, chair of the engineering and technology teachers’ association and a teacher at Inver College in Monaghan, said that on the students’ graduation night, “they were all running around with selfie sticks, so it was good to see a [Leaving Cert] question about the technology underpinning them”. Photograph: Jon Nazca/Reuters

Selfie sticks, 3-D printing and crash barriers were among the topics to feature on a relatively unsurprising higher level Leaving Cert engineering pap(...)

Leaving Certificate students at St MacDara’s Community College in Templeogue look over the Higher Level Engineering paper. Photograph: Éanna Ó Caollaí

The sun broke through the mid-afternoon haze to momentarily shine on Leaving Cert students as they emerged from the exam hall at MacDara Community Col(...)

The final Mass at the Marianella Irish Redemptorist centre in Rathgar, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The woman was clear. “It’s like a big funeral,” she said to a friend as they waited to say farewell to Fr Dan Baragry, Redemptorist provincial superi(...)