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New date announced for Leaving Cert

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A revised date has been set for the start of the 2020 Leaving Certificate.

Minister for Education, Joe McHugh (FG) confirmed in the Dàil on Thursday evening that the Leaving Cert will begin on July 29th.

A timetable will be issued to students on June 1st, days before they were originally due to sit the State Examinations.

Such a timeframe would be sufficient to allow for public health advice to be given and plans be put in place, the Minister said.

Payment for the exams has been deferred until they have been held.

A working group was factoring all eventualities, McHugh stated when asked what was the Department’s Plan B. “We won’t go into this in a blinkered way. We are living in the real world”.

Frustration has been voiced by students across the country over the uncertainty that has surrounded the tests.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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