Earlier this week it was announced that there were 84,000 applications to CAO this year. This is record breaking figure and is a 9 per cent increase since last year.

The issue of this drastic increase in applications, the effect this might have of Leaving Cert and where senior sources what these applications to go will be decided at a cabinet meeting tomorrow.

There are several theories as to why there was a sharp increase in CAO applications but the most popular is that mature students are returning to education.

Potential solutions for how the government will solve this influx will discussed tomorrow.