Evening top 5: USC U-turn; bin charge backlash; and Vincent says goodnight

The top stories this Wednesday night

Government confirms U-turn on USC

The Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has effectively confirmed the Government will abandon its plan to scrap the Universal Social Charge.

In the Dáil this afternoon, Mr Donohoe confirmed the charge will now be merged with the PRSI - in line with pledges made by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during his bid to become leader of Fine Gael.

The pledge to phase out the USC is included in the Programme for Government, however Minister Donohoe insisted the new plans do not contradict previous promises.

Campaigners warn of backlash against excessive bin charges

Campaigners are warning that there will be a public backlash if the government's new bin-charges scheme results in high fees for consumers.

The government is hoping that a compromise reached with Fianna Fáil last night will diffuse the row over the controversial new charging scheme.

Following two hours of debate in the Dáil last night the government agreed to ask the Competition Authority to examine whether an independent regulator will be needed for the waste industry.

TV3 confirm Vincent Browne is to leave the station

Broadcaster TV3 has confirmed that Vincent Browne will be stepping down as presenter of the 'Tonight' programme from the end of July.

He has been presenting the late night current affairs show for the past 10 years.

TV3 say his decision to step down is due to personal reasons.

Emmet Malone on Bray: It was almost an attack on the local community for not supporting the club

The current plight of Bray Wanderers has been the talking point in League of Ireland football over the last week.

The huge investment undertaken in the recent past has seen improvements on the pitch but attendances at the Carlisle Ground remain poor.

The team are currently third in the SSE Airtricity league table but recent events indicate their good form could be coming to an end.

Volvo to make only electric or hybrid cars from 2019

Volvo is to become the first mainstream car manufacturer to produce only electric or hybrid vehicles.

The Swedish firm's president, Hakan Samuelsson, said it "marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car".

It means that from 2019 all of its models will have an electric motor - so they will either be pure electric cars or hybrids that combine electric and conventional engines.