Brexit fears spur Northerners' Trinity snub
A sharp fall in applications to Trinity College Dublin from students from the North has been blamed on Brexit.
Just 759 CAO applications were made to Trinity from Northern students this year - a hefty drop from last year's 964. Between 2014 and 2018, application numbers had steadily increased each year to the high of 964 last year, following efforts by Trinity to become a 'university for the whole island'.
However, Brexit has derailed Trinity's 'all-island' ambitions, according to an editorial in college publication The University Times.
The editorial board notes: "Those in Northern Ireland can hardly be blamed for being anxious about crossing the Border for their university education.
"Two years ago, Trinity's ambitions to be a 'university for the whole island' had started to falter. Even as applications from Northern Irish students were increasing, the spectre of Brexit loomed large, with the rates of acceptances falling. Today things have worsened considerably.
"For the first time in four years the number of students from Northern Ireland applying to Trinity has fallen dramatically, while the confusion, uncertainty and outright game-changing nature of Brexit warned of two years ago has only worsened."