The indo has a headline this morning that Ruairi Quinn is considering a new plan for funding the third-level education system in which those who benefit most from it are the people who pay most for it.
Quinn looks at new plan to tax our graduates - National News - Independent.ie
The plan is basically a tax on graduates that kicks in once they hit a particular level of income and goes on until they have paid back their fees (which are expected to be higher than the ones that apply at present).
A form of this "income-contingent loan" system is used in the US, amongst other jurisdictions.
Income-Contingent Repayment - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Meanwhile, the ERSI has criticised the seemingly total failure of the abolition of fees and the expansion of third-level places to broaden access to university education.
They also advocate a loan system contingent on the income of graduates.
End of third-level fees and more places fail to broaden access for poor - The Irish Times - Sat, Nov 17, 2012
Is this an idea whose time has come?