Leaving Cert 2019: Students secure record total of CAO points

Almost 3,400 students across the north west have been picking up their leaving cert results this morning.

The results were available from schools or online – and are broadly the same as last year.

Donegal has the highest number of students receiving their results in the region this morning after around 2,100 students took the exam in June.

This year students were able to access their results on-line from 10am which is earlier that previous years.

Principal of Magh Ene College in Bundoran Pat Tighe says despite the results being available on-line most students still opted to go to the school with their friends this morning.

Just over 800 students sat the exam in Sligo this year.

Principal of St Mary’s College in Ballisodare, Anthony Carty, says the majority of the over 50 students getting their results at the school this morning were very happy.

Meanwhile Leitrim had the lowest number of students in the country picking up their results this morning with just over 400.

Deputy Principal of St Clare’s Comprehensive in Manorhamtilton, Ceola McGowan, say they have a number of students who received the maximum 600 points.

Ms McGowan is reminding students who may be disappointed with their results that there is people they can speak to if they have any concerns.

Overall national trends are showing more students than ever did higher level subjects but there’s been an increase in people failing ordinary level maths.

Students will receive their first-round offers from the CAO this Thursday, August 15th – five days earlier than previous years.

Meanwhile Donegal TD and Education Minister Joe McHugh is urging people disappointed with their Leaving Cert results to think of alternative pathways to third level.

Just under 59 thousand pupils have been getting their results today.

Overall, marks are in line with last year but there’s been an increase in those failing ordinary level maths.

Students will find out what college courses they’ve been offered on Thursday.

Minister Joe McHugh says anyone who isn’t happy with their results shouldn’t lose hope: