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Ronan Cloney

Ronan Cloney

Ronan Cloney

A Wexford student who sat his Leaving Cert in 2019 and hoped to secure a college place this year says he feels as though he's been 'forgotten' and 'abandoned' by the Department of Education after missing out on his top two college choices as a result of this year's inflated points requirements.

Ronan Cloney (20) from Rathnure had deferred for a year, knowing that he had more than enough points to study his chosen subjects - Business, Economics, Politics and Sociology in Trinity. While there were celebrations in households across Wexford as Leaving Cert results were published last week - the highest grades on record - for Ronan, a former student of Good Counsel College in New Ross, it provoked major alarm bells as he realised it may cost him his chosen course.

As the CAO offers came out on Friday, the spike in leaving cert results meant an inflation in points requirements for courses, ultimately culminating in Ronan missing out on his top choice.