Grainne Faller

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The horse meat scandal mightn’t first spring to mind for Leaving Cert biology but it was one of the more contemporary issues featuring at higher le(...)

Dragon's Den. Photograph: RTE

RTE’s entrepreneurial dragons were waiting in their den for students in their higher level business paper. Examiners had clearly made an effort to lin(...)

President of South Africa Dr Nelson Mandela with the President Mrs McAleese at Aras An Uachtarain

After a delightful paper one, it was perhaps expected that Irish paper two would present higher level students with more of a challenge. “It was mu(...)

Frances Fitzgerald: Sent back to her old job by the CSPE exam.

A mix of wordy and nonwordy questions were laid out for Junior Certs yesterday in the second year of a Maths Paper II exam drawn from the new Project (...)

With questions that drew real life into the maths exam, Project Maths is doing what it says on the tin: drug trials, unemployment and charity fundrais(...)

A good spread of questions greeted students, although some were surprised at the omission of the topic of migration, especially considering how current the issue is. File photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

It was a good morning for Junior Cert students, particularly the geography buffs who would have done well in a “very predictable” higher level paper.A(...)

Eoghan O Ronain, Alex Browne and Eliza Van Veen   discuss the Leaving Cert maths paper after completing it at Coláiste Mhuire, Crosshaven, Co Cork, today.  Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

There was a collective sigh of relief as students across the country opened Mathematics Paper 1.While debate around the new Project Maths syllabus and(...)

Photograph: Getty Images

Grainne FallerRote learners beware: this morning’s higher level geography paper required an understanding of the topics. “Even if you’d learned the wh(...)

From left: Lauren Vickers, Mark Ryan, Seán O’Callaghan, Orla Yeates, Clinton Byrne (back), Manav T Manoj and Rory O’Carroll. Photograph: Garry O’Neill.

Ten years ago, the fields at Burkeen, Co Wicklow, were just marked by a back road from Rathdrum to Wicklow town. Now it’s the site of hundreds of home(...)

The graduates of 2014 face a slightly friendlier economic climate than their recent counterparts. While things are tentatively looking up, realism is (...)

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