Danish prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, right, and British prime minister David Cameron   in Copenhagen, Denmark, on February 5th. Photograph: Niels Hougaard/AP Photo via Polfoto

David Cameron has won the backing of Denmark and the qualified support of Poland for his EU renegotiation as a new poll showed a surge of support in B(...)

Despite the introduction of “free fees” two decades ago, a student registration fee has climbed to €3,000 a year. Photograph: Chris Ison/PA

Fine Gael will pledge to introduce a student loan scheme for third-level education if the party is returned to government. A draft of its education m(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk: warned of “challenging negotiations ahead”. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

The publication of a draft proposal outlining the terms of a new EU relationship for Britain sets the scene for two weeks of intensive negotiations. A(...)

An eagle attacks a drone  in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Photograph: Nederlands Politie/Reuters

As the use of drones increasingly worries everyone from fire fighters and air traffic control to law enforcement, Netherlands’ national police have al(...)

British prime minister David Cameron  during a meeting with European Council president Donald Tusk in Brussels. Photograph: Julien Warnand/Pool/Files/Reuters

European Council president Donald Tusk has warned of “challenging negotiations ahead” as he published a draft settlement for Britain ahead of a refere(...)

The Danske Bank headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photograph: John McConnico/Bloomberg News

Denmark’s largest financial institution, Danske Bank, plans to make its biggest ever payout to investors via a dividend and share buy-back, it said on(...)

Irish perennial ryegrass: resistant to normal breeding methods, the kind that have resulted in dramatic yield gains for cereal and other crops over the years

The quality and nutritional value of Irish perennial ryegrass has an important bearing on the economy. Our extensified grass-based farming methods, wh(...)

Threat: a health technician with Aedes aegyti mosquito larvae. Photograph: Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters

What is Zika? Zika is a virus, ostensibly the least harmful of the diseases transmitted by the female Aedes aegypti, or yellow fever, mosquito. Onl(...)

Political pedigree: Ivan Yates and his fellow Newstalk Breakfast anchor Chris Donoghue

Whenever Enda Kenny does go to the country, it can’t come soon enough for Ivan Yates. The former Fine Gael minister and current cohost of Breakfast (N(...)

The difference between what we pay and what people pay in other countries varied according to each wine. However, Ireland is comfortably the most expensive country in which to buy almost all of the wines I looked at

I often meet wine Irish Times readers who holiday in France and complain bitterly about the price of wine here. These are, I would imagine, mostly mo(...)