State exams can now be held at the end of summer or fall due to coronavirus.
The Irish Times has reported that the Government believes that it is unlikely that the restrictions will be lifted on time for the specified June 3 start date.
Students as alternatives can be assessed by predictive assessment, but concerns surround this option because it has never been done before in Ireland.
The death toll from Covid-19 has risen to 235, after a further 25 people are confirmed to have lost their lives, while 365 new cases have been confirmed.
Now there are 6,074 diagnosed virus cases.
Chief medical officer Tony Holohan said the growth rate of the virus needed to be significantly reduced before restrictions were lifted.
Dr Holohan said: “We do not anticipate changes in the short term in terms of this arrangement.
“We are still seeing an increase in the rate of growth of this particular infection, so that at around 33%, we have leveled the waves significantly.
“We need to reduce it to zero or as close to zero as possible. We are still seeing improvements, but we need more improvement and that is the reason I say these steps need to stay in place.”
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