For the fifty-eight thousand students who undertook Junior Certificate exams the anxious wait for results is finally over. In Dublin underage drinking takes some of the shine off the celebrations.
Students at Cabinteely Community School were mostly pleased with their results with one relieved student saying he is
Happy, brilliant, delighted.
The new science syllabus was well received by students with more than 80% of students achieving an honour grade.
Almost 6,000 students from all over the country attended an alcohol free event in Dublin’s Point Theatre. However, many of those celebrating appeared not to have heeded advice to celebrate sensibly. Many had clearly been drinking and required medical assistance. Ambulances were called and Gardaí brought a number of altercations under control and arrested some minors. Alcohol Action Ireland called on the government to help reduce the availability of alcohol to minors.
The Junior Certificate officially replaced the Intermediate Certificate in 1992 and the examinations are held at the end of the Junior Cycle in post-primary schools.
An RTÉ News report by Niamh Nolan broadcast on 13 September 2006