Evening headline: Running a car now costs €500 more than last year; and Tánaiste speaks of “real shock” over Paypal job losses

Here are some of tonight’s top stories on Independent.ie

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar speaks of ‘genuine shock’ and ‘disappointment’ over Paypal job losses

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has spoken of the ‘real shock’ for staff working at Paypal offices in Dundalk and Blanchardstown after being told of 307 job cuts today.

Tributes pour in as reformed felon and Love/Hate actor Stephen Clinch dies suddenly

Tributes have been paid to Love/Hate actor Stephen Clinch following his unexpected death. The actor, who played Noely in the hit TV series, was found dead today in Dublin.

Running a car now costs €500 more than last year

Gasoline and diesel prices are heading for monthly records despite the government’s recent decision to reduce fuel excise duties.

Fine Gael senator accused of assault wraps arm around alleged victim’s wife before arguing, court hears

A Fine Gael senator on trial for assault outside a Dundalk pub put his arm around a man’s wife and said ‘you come with me’ before the fight, a court heard.

‘Only Putin will be happy’: Poland slams UK ‘dividing’ Europe over Northern Ireland Protocol

The Polish Prime Minister has criticized the new battle between the UK and the EU over the Northern Ireland protocol during the war in Ukraine, saying: “Only Putin will be happy”.

TV researcher awarded €24,000 after news outlet illegally withholds her holiday pay

A TV researcher has been awarded €24,000 in compensation after a media outlet illegally withheld her holiday pay.

Simon Coveney defends Passport Service, saying public should get applications right as 200,000 delay

Foreign Secretary Simon Coveney faced criticism over long delays to the passport service in the run up to the summer holidays, saying “it’s important to focus on the positives as well as the negatives negative”.

Healy-Rae brothers’ assault appeal set for hearing

An appeal by Cllr Jackie Healy-Rae and her brother, Kevin, against assault convictions they received in 2019 is due to be heard in October.

Medical scientists suspend strike to begin labor court talks

A 48-hour strike by medical scientists that resulted in the cancellation of thousands of appointments and procedures has been put on hold.

WATCH: Irishman questioned after 180km/h car chase through Seville

Sinn Féin unsure how to ‘verify’ members after party worker robs pensioner by putting up posters

Sinn Féin said it was ‘not sure’ how party members can be vetted after one of its staff was jailed for robbing a chronically ill pensioner while hanging out campaign posters in Dublin.

Man remanded in custody after admitting assaulting father in pub after victim asked him to leave daughter alone

A man who attacked an older man in a pub after the victim asked him to leave his daughter alone has been released on bail pending sentencing.

WATCH: Ducks escorted out of premises by Danish Royal Guards

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