Students on the UCD campus in Belfield. The president of the UCD Students’ Union has said tax reliefs for landlords should be reintroduced to try to ease an accommodation crisis for thir-level students. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Body says scheme aiding conversion of accommodation should be used to ease rental shortage

 Students with disabilities increased by 836 students to 6 per cent of full-time entrants but the target for those who are deaf or hard or hearing was not achieved. Photograph: Frank Miller

Education Authority finds level of college entrants down to 15% in other parts of Dublin

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said she believed the constitutional ban on abortion should be revisited by a future government. Photograph: The Irish Times

Woman was refused an abortion and subsequently had her child delivered by Caesarean section

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan, who dropped in to The Irish Times Results Helpdesk yesterday as the team fielded calls, with education columnist Brian Mooney and guidance counsellors Brian Howard and Deirdre Garrett.  The helpdesk is at irishtimes.com/results. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Competition between third-level institutions may be hindering reform

HSE director general Tony O’Brien requested a report ‘that establishes all of the facts surrounding the care given to a woman who had her pregnancy ended pursuant to the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013.’  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Tony O’Brien wants to ‘establish full facts and sequence of events’

Fifteen thousand students have accepted course offers in the first few hours after they were posted on the CAO website this morning. Photograph: Getty

O’Sullivan questions need for large number of courses offered by third level institutions

 Trinity College Dublin: There were 270 applications for the 25 places in history, law, and ancient and medieval history and culture. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill  Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Successful applicants were up to 150 points below CAO requirement

Demand for science courses has grown. Science at TCD rose by 5 points to 515, which compares to a final points requirement of 455 in 2010. Science at DCU rose 10 points to 460, a 23 per cent rise over five years, while at DIT points for science rose 30 points to 435. Photograph: Getty

More than 50,000 students receive course offers

Only 43 of the 900-plus higher degree (level 8) courses listed on the CAO offered 100 or more places last year

Large proportion of courses with very few places has lead to higher points

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