TALKS are underway between University College Dublin (UCD) and its students' union aimed at avoiding a clash between May's examination timetable and the upcoming same-sex marriage referendum.
The college authorities have confirmed that consideration is being given to a request by the students' union to ensure that students will be in a position to travel home to vote.
Like many third level institutions, UCD stages its summer exams in early May. UCDSU President Feargal Hynes has asked the authorities to ensure the exams do not clash with the referendum.
"The exam timetable has not been set yet but discussions on the matter have begun," a UCD spokesman told the Herald.
It comes as Health Minister Leo Varadkar said he wished he had spoken out about being gay sooner.
Mr Varadkar said he made the decision based on a number of policy decisions coming up.
"It was very much a personal decision, because there are a number of policy issues coming up. Issues around blood transfusion, issues around surrogacy.
"I didn't want anyone to think or suggest I had some form of hidden agendas", he told Sean O'Rourke on RTE Radio One.
He said there has been an overwhelmingly positive response. "The response from people has been really great, very encouraging, and I'm very grateful for that."