Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte:  The  “mini Schengen” plan of cutting back the borderless zone to just five countries – the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Luxemburg and Austria – was being discussed before the Paris attacks. Photograph: Martijn Beekman/EPA

It’s a sign of how fractious the European debate over the future of Schengen has become that the only coherent proposal this weekend is one f(...)

‘Distressed’ property: Cerberus specialises in buying loans at heavy discounts secured against properties whose value has fallen dramatically. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

While it is not known yet whether US company Cerberus intends using the Republic as a base from which to manage the £13 billion (€18.5 billion(...)

Wrong to think David Cameron could magic up a brand new EU after a few chats with Angela Merkel and Jean Claude Juncker. - WPA Pool /Getty Images)

To Brexit or not to Brexit is now the biggest question in those parts of the British Isles not ruled from Dublin. The latest opinion poll for t(...)

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

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(...)