Headlines: Higher unemployment benefits for workers who recently lost their jobs; Fewer first-time buyers can use Help to Buy on new plans

Here are this morning’s top stories on Independent.ie.

PUP-style donation payments on the cards to avoid “income shock”.

Higher benefits for workers who suddenly lose their jobs are included in the budget. A longer-term plan to take on part-time early retirees and former carers is also in preparation.

Fewer first-time buyers can use Help to Buy on new plans

Fewer first-time buyers will have access to the controversial €560 million help-to-buy scheme, which plans to narrow the criteria for who is eligible.

Pandemic and online betting led to ‘staggering’ surge in demand for gambling addiction services

The country’s only specialist inpatient treatment center for gambling addicts has seen an unprecedented number of people seeking admission.

Swings and roundabouts – how Ireland’s young EU expats are coping with the cost of living crisis abroad

We’re top of the list when it comes to the cost of living in the EU, but three Irish expats, Molly O’Connor and Aoife Breslin, say they’ve barely gotten their hands on anywhere else.

Expert testing to determine the teacher’s cause of death could take weeks

Expert tests could take weeks to determine if a former Limerick music teacher has died as a result of an attack.

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‘Apocalyptic’ rain leaves dozens trapped at home

Flash flooding has damaged homes and businesses in Donegal and across the North West. Dozens of people had to be rescued from their homes by emergency services across the county, as well as in Tyrone and Derry

Aslan musician slams government as ‘rip-off’ hotel prices hit music concerts

Aslan star Billy McGuinness has called for government action over “rip-off” overpriced Dublin hotels as thousands flock to performances at Croke Park or the 3Arena.

Kate Moss: “I was 15 when the photographer told me to take off my top. i run away

Kate Moss has spoken openly about running away from a photo shoot aged 15 after a man asked her to take off her bra. The supermodel recalled the incident during an appearance on BBC Radio’s Desert Island Discs, telling host Lauren Laverne that the experience “honed her instincts”.

“Yeah, I’m a bit of a daredevil” – Gran ticks off another feat on the bucket list by flying an airplane

An 86-year-old grandmother who’s skydived and can stand upside down while doing yoga has ticked another accomplishment on her bucket list — flying an airplane.

Chess robot grabs and breaks fingers of seven-year-old opponent during tournament

A chess-playing robot is accused of attacking a seven-year-old boy and breaking his finger during a game in Moscow.

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