Genuine indication of economic recovery
Those sceptical about the pace of the recovery should take a look at the latest demand among CAO applicants.
Areas which had virtually flat-lined since the crash, such as construction and law, are now showing significant increases in interest.
Over all, applications have reached record levels. They stand at 79,214 - up from 74,424 recorded after the initial, February deadline and up from 77,977 this time last year.
These figures take the real pulse of the economy, as they are a reliable indication of where job opportunities are. It is also revealed that four in five of this year's Leaving Certificate candidates have applied for a college place through the CAO.
Of course, the pick up has not touched everyone, but this is tangible evidence that our youngest and brightest are getting a glimpse of a better future, and that is an achievement.
It has been more of a stagger than a bounce back, but it is progress all the same.