Evening Top 5: Jobbridge gets its P45; the cars of the future; and utilising Ireland's empty houses

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Controversial free internship scheme Jobbridge is due to be scrapped after 'abuses' from some firms

Social protection minister Leo Varadkar is scrapping JobBridge, the controversial state-supported internship scheme for unemployed workers.

Just two weeks into his new role, Mr Varadkar has decided to axe the controversial social welfare scheme, which sees unemployed people paid an additional €52.50 on top of their weekly dole, in return for working as a full-time interns with companies.

Pollution-free cars are a step closer, after TCD scientists made a breakthrough

A team at Trinity College Dublin have found a new way of producing an emissions-free fuel that's 90 per cent cheaper than existing methods.

Researchers at the CRANN, the Nanoscience Institute at the university, believe their new approach to producing Hydrogen, could help to herald a new era in transport.

The discover could help the development of a real alternative to fossil fuels, perhaps the greatest technological challenge faced by humanity.

Sinn Féin has called for compulsory purchase orders or a charge on Ireland's 230,000 vacant homes

The Government is being urged to create a vacant homes tax to help tackle the huge problem of homelessness.

At the latest count by the Department of the Environment, there are almost 6,000 homeless people in Ireland, including 2,000 children.

The most recent figures for homeless children in Dublin – for March 21-27 – showed there were 1,723 in 839 families.


Hundreds gathered today in Dublin to mark #MarRef anniversary

Hundreds of people have gathered in the courtyard of Dublin Castle, to mark the first anniversary of the referendum for marriage equality.

The referendum was passed by 62%, with 1.2 million people voting Yes for same-sex marriage.

In 2006, Katherine Zappone and her wife Ann Louise Gilligan unsuccessfully took a case to the High Court for their Canadian marriage to be recognised by Irish law.


Two people are dead after a man fired into crowd at Austrian concert

A gunman has opened fire on a crowd at a concert organised by bikers in western Austria, killing two people and wounding 11.

The attacker then turned the gun on himself.

Police said the 27-year-old was believed to have been having an argument with a woman in a car park before the shooting at about 3.00am on Sunday.

The man became "enraged" and grabbed a "long" gun from his car before shooting "wildly into the crowd", Austrian public service TV station ORF.