Evening top 5: SIPTU to ballot for strike; the gender pay gap; and Trump in Ireland

The top stories this Thursday night

SIPTU gives go-ahead for strike ballots on public service pay

The national executive council of SIPTU has authorised ballots by its members for industrial action and strike action on public service pay.

It follows a monthly meeting of the executive council in Liberty Hall, Dublin today.

The council is asking various negotiating committees to prepare for balloting to begin on Thursday December 1st.

Why is there so much debate over the existence of a gender pay gap?

The much-discussed gender wage gap has become a talking point once again in light of a new study.

According to the research from Morgan McKinley, Irish women are paid an average of 20% less than Irish men. On average, men in professional jobs earn €12,500 more than women when bonuses and salaries are taken into account.

When the two are split, the average salary gap stands at 16% while the bonus gap goes up as high as 50%.

"Very surprised" if Donald Trump doesn't visit Ireland, friend says

US president-elect Donald Trump will visit Ireland after he takes over from Barack Obama.

That is according to a friend of Mr Trump, golf professional Brian Shaw.

He says Mr Trump's children are also regular visitors to Trump Doonbeg in Co Clare.

"They're great to deal with, they're a really really super family; they spend a lot of time over here," he told Newstalk Drive's Henry McKean.

All-Blacks legend Zinzan Brooke on his early love affair with Gaelic football in New Zealand

Zinzan Brooke had a long and illustrious career for the All-Blacks that stretched from 1987 to 1997.

That first year was particularly significant as he was part of the New Zealand squad that won the first ever Rugby World Cup, before being part of the teams that played in the tournaments of 1991 and 1995.

The 1995 tournament was the starting point as he joined Off The Ball at the RDS Roadshow on Thursday night, specifically the food poisoning before the final defeat to South Africa.

Snapchat Spectacles are available now, but only in certain locations

It's been a big week for Snap... or is it Snapchat? I'm not quite sure anymore, but you know who I mean. The company with the ghost in the yellow box. Them.

Aside from the IPO side of things, they are also celebrating the release and success of their Spectacles.

This is the company's first attempt at a wearable and what's most exciting about their release is the price tag. They are affordable, unlike the Google Glass. The official retail price is $130.