Seventy-one Leaving Cert students have not been given their exam results over fears they may have cheated.

The State Examinations Commission (SEC) said these candidates’ results were being withheld due to concerns that they may have breached exam regulations

In a statement, the commission said results have been “permanently withheld” from 51 candidates found to be in breach of exam regulations.

In addition, it has has “provisionally withheld” 20 other results pending further communication with the schools and candidates concerned.