College entry applications edge up on last year
Applications for college entry are up slightly on this time last year.
The CAO received 73,157 applications when the main deadline passed yesterday.
The final tally will likely be higher as there is a facility for late applications, and normally a few thousand more come in.
The applications figure is up from 72,751 in February 2018, linked to a rise in Leaving Cert candidate numbers.
However, it is below the highs of above 76,000 recorded at this time in 2016 and 2017.
It is too early to say where the pressures will be. It takes the CAO a month to publish a breakdown of demand for different disciplines.
Meanwhile, Ireland may have its second technological university (TU) by the autumn.
An application for Munster Technological University - a merger of Cork IT and IT Tralee - will be lodged within weeks.
It follows an endorsement by the Teachers' Union of Ireland, representing academic staff, of the proposal.