News headlines: It now costs €750 extra a year to fuel a family petrol car due to price hikes; EU draws up UK ‘hit list’ as trade war looms over NI protocol
Here are the top stories on Independent.ie this morning.
Cost of filling up petrol tank surges by €10 in a fortnight
Surging fuel prices have seen the cost of filling up a family car with petrol rise by €11 in the past fortnight alone.
EU draws up UK ‘hit list’ as trade war looms over North protocol
Scottish whisky exports into the EU, and the transport of car components in and out of the English midlands and north, will be hit by retaliation against Britain in a looming trade conflict with Brussels.
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‘I was born transgender – this is always who I was meant to be’
Hairdresser Monique Carrick (40) never felt comfortable in her body growing up as a boy in 1980s Dublin. She began her medical transition three years ago and says she finally feels like her true self.
‘Insidious and shocking’ – man who posted ex-girlfriend’s intimate photos and contact details to porn sites jailed in landmark image-based abuse case
A jilted boyfriend who posted intimate photos of his ex-girlfriend to pornographic sites along with links to her social media accounts, has been sentenced to nine months in prison.
Threat of Ryanair staff strikes in Spain add to headaches for Irish holidaymakers
Holidaymakers already anxious about airport delays, Covid restrictions, passport hold-ups and rising prices are now facing the possibility of industrial action.
Relentless barrage of Russian shelling in Kharkiv is a war crime – Amnesty
Russia’s indiscriminate shelling of civilian infrastructure in the city of Kharkiv is a war crime, Amnesty International has claimed.
‘All we’ve become is a tax collector for the Government’
For decades Kavanagh’s Service Station in Urlingford, Co Kilkenny, kept their fuel prices as low as possible to ensure footfall in their shop. At lunchtime yesterday, the family-run business was making a profit margin of 0.3c per litre on diesel which cost €2.03 per litre at the pump. The Government was making 92c on the same litre.
Put people who illegally burn vegetation in jail – Judge
A judge in the case of a Galway man convicted of burning vegetation during bird nesting season has suggested people should go to jail for such offences.
Reinfection warning for those who had Omicron as Covid cases surge
People who caught the Covid-19 Omicron variant already this year should watch out for the risk of reinfection with the BA.4 and BA.5 variants currently driving up cases in Ireland.
Thousands of dead penguins wash up on New Zealand beaches
Hundreds of the world’s smallest penguins are washing up dead on beaches in the northernmost region of New Zealand’s North Island.