Students on UCD campus in Belfield. File  photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

How does an “income- contingent” loan system work? Under this system, higher education is free at the point of access for students. Stude(...)

High birth rates  mean the number of students entering higher education is projected to grow by almost 30 per cent by 2028. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

It all seemed so much simpler back when university fees were abolished 20 years ago. In those sepia-tinted days, the rainbow government pr(...)

The Coalition unlikely to make a decision on tuition fees in advance of the general election. Photograph: Thinkstock

The Revenue Commissioners could be given a role collecting student loans under proposals drawn up by an expert group on the future funding of(...)

A Dutch man who police believe killed his Irish wife in the Netherlands has been charged with first degree murder.

A Dutch man who police believe killed his Irish wife in the Netherlands has been charged with first degree murder. Martina O Brien-Viguurs (64) was f(...)

Pedestrians pass an ABN Amro branch as the second-largest bank in the Netherlands made its initial public offering in Amsterdam on Friday. ABN Amro raised €3.3 billion in an initial public offering. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

ABN Amro, the lender bailed out by the Dutch government during the financial crisis, rose as much as 3.4 per cent on its return to the market after ra(...)

Grafton Group chief executive Gavin Slark

Builders’ merchant and DIY group Grafton has completed the €91.5 million acquisition of the Dutch tool distributor Isero, which was announced late las(...)

Air France Airbus 380, Flight 65, sits on the runway at the Salt Lake City International Airport. Photograph: AFP

Two Air France flights bound for Paris from the US were diverted to Salt Lake City and Halifax, Canada, on Wednesday morning after the airline receive(...)

Police and ambulance vans parked near the apartment being targeted by police in Saint-Denis, a northern suburb of Paris on Wednesday. Photograph: Francois Mori/AP

The Belgian jihadist suspected of masterminding the Paris terror atrocities was reportedly killed when police stormed a flat in the north of the city,(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “The research and the work done by the ESRI and others clearly indicates that the model that was studied is not affordable now or ever because of the very large premiums that would be imposed on families or the subsided that the exchequer would have to foot the bill for if we were to go down that route.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said the method of universal health insurance (UHI) proposed by his predecessor James Reilly is “not affordable,(...)

Special intervention forces  in Molenbeek, Brussels:   A Volkswagen Golf found in the neighbourhood is  believed to have belonged to a man named locally as  Mohamed Amri. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP

Belgium raised its terrorist alert to three yesterday and an international soccer match was cancelled, as searches continued in Belgium, Germany and (...)