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The higher education institutions in the Republic of Ireland have delegated to CAO the task of processing centrally applications to their first year undergraduate courses.
The participating institutions retain the function of making decisions on admissions.
CAO is required to deal with applications in an efficient and fair manner.
CAO is a not-for-profit company registered in Ireland (mission and values).
Please Note: Office contact hours are 09:30 to 13:00, and 14:00 to 17:15, Monday to Friday (the CAO website is monitored outside these hours to ensure continuity of online services).
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