More than 4,000 hard-up Irish students have signed up to a 'sugar daddy' dating service to pay their way through college.
Some 4,464 female undergraduates in the Republic have joined SeekingArrangement.com, a US-based online-dating website, which pairs off young women with wealthy – and usually much older – international businessmen.
A survey last year by the website found that 80% of all relationships organised by the service involved sex.
Figures released by the online agency reveal a sharp increase in the number of so-called 'college sugar babies' in Ireland over the past year.
The statistics show that four of the top 10 colleges using the service are based in Dublin. UCD tops the list, with 399 members, followed by Trinity College Dublin at 395.