The Minister for Education has said that the State Examinations Commission (SEC) should be in a position to provide a date for the release of this year's Junior Cycle results after the outcome of Leaving Certificate appeals are issued on Friday.

Norma Foley said the SEC was responsible for the issuing of results and that it had undertaken an "unprecedented" amount of work this year.

Yesterday the SEC said that marking of the Junior Cert exams is now complete in most subjects and that every result will be made to issue the results "as soon as possible".

It is now four months since students began their exams.

They were the first to be held after the Junior Cycle tests were cancelled for two years running during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The SEC says it will inform schools of arrangements for the issuing of Junior Certificate results "in due course".