Evening top 5: Leo and the middle class; RTÉ gender equality review; and Guinness goes flat

The top stories this Thursday night

Taoiseach says he considers minimum wage to be 'middle class'

The Taoiseach says he considers some people on the minimum wage to be 'middle class.'

He made the comment in an interview with TV3's Vincent Browne, who hosts his final show on the station tonight.

Mr Varadkar included the lowest-paid workers when he was asked to define what he considered to be an average 'middle class' wage.

RTÉ staff set deadline for broadcaster to publish pay grades

Staff at RTÉ are calling on management to publish details of its pay grades.

It comes amid calls for the State broadcaster to follow the lead of the BBC in revealing its salaries.

While RTÉ has confirmed former director-general of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), Kieran Mulvey, will oversee a review of gender equality at the company.

UN criticises Irish progress on investigations into industrial school abuse

The United Nations has called on the Government to explain what further investigations it intends to carry out into the Magadelene Laundries, industrial schools and mother and baby homes.

A delegation has appeared before the UN Committee Against Torture to face questions on the progress its made since 2011.

The ten-member committee is reviewing Ireland’s implementation of the Convention on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

James Horan: Managers push themselves to the very edge of sanity

It's always interesting to take a step back and look at the top inter-county managers out there to see what their body language is telling us.

Jim Gavin, Derek McGrath, Eamon Fitzmaurice, Michael Donoghue and Mickey Harte are superb managers and make no mistake they are doing superhuman things to keep their respective teams developing and improving.

Glass half empty as Guinness sales flatten out

The owner of Guinness say sales of the Irish stout were broadly flat both at home and abroad.

Preliminary results for 2017 from Diageo show sales in Africa declined by 5% and grew in Europe by 2%, driven by distribution expansion.

Diageo say here at home net sales were also flat - increasing by just 2%.