Probe launched after Leaving Cert Irish paper shared on Facebook during exam

Exam chiefs are investigating a breach in security that led to the Leaving Certificate higher level Irish Paper 2 being posted on Facebook while the exam was still going on today.

The paper turned up on a forum hosted by teachers of Irish, about an hour after  the exam started. About 3,000 teachers are members of the group.

The State Examinations Commission (SEC)  said they there  “looking into who did it; It is a breach of the protocol.”

However, the public release the paper could not have worked to the benefit of any student, as candidates may not enter the  exam centre after 30 minutes following the start of the exam.

The SEC said it was satisfied that the release of the paper  had not compromised the integrity of the exam.