Evening top 5: Bus Éireann strike; Lotto legal case and Donnelly joins FF

The stories that dominated this Thursday

Unions representing workers at Bus Éireann have announced an all-out strike beginning on the 20th February.

The strike has been timed to coincide with the date the company reportedly plans to introduce unilateral cuts to workers terms and conditions.

Unions believe the cuts could amount to losses of over 30% to workers earnings.

The cuts were included in a highly controversial survival plan drawn up for the company that includes potential redundancies, cuts in premium payments and out-sourcing.

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A Galway man has successfully sued his stepmother for a one-sixth share of a €3.3m lottery win.

Mary Walsh of Perssepark in Ballinasloe claimed he gave up his entitlement to any winnings when they gave him the family home.

Mr Justice Richard Humphreys accused Mrs Walsh of “ducking and diving” in the witness box and described her evidence as “unreliable”.

He went further saying he was satisfied she had made a “conscious and deliberate decision” to swear an affidavit she knew was false to hide assets.

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The Fianna Fáil parliamentary party has unanimously accepted Stephen Donnelly's application to join.

The Wicklow TD was formally welcomed to the party at Leinster House Thursday afternoon.

He says his supporters in Wicklow wanted him to make a difference - and that is why he is joining Fianna Fáil.

Mr Donnelly was unveiled as the party's new Brexit spokesman.

In a press conference, he said he is more worried about the country now than he was when he first entered politics six years ago.

But he also said he will not retract his previous comments where he criticised the party in which he now serves.

 

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ASTI members have voted to reject the ‘Outcome of Talks’ proposals on Junior Cycle reform and pay.

In a ballot of the union’s 18,300 members, members voted by 52.5% to 47.5% to reject the proposals from the Department of Education.

The turnout in the ballot was 75%.

ASTI President Ed Byrne said: “Despite the implementation of punitive measures for ASTI members and threats of further measures, ASTI members are standing up for their most vulnerable colleagues and for their students.”

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President Donald Trump told people not to worry about his "tough phone calls" following a reportedly tense call with Australia's Prime Minister about his immigration order.

Speaking a prayer breakfast attended by religious leaders and politicians, President Trump said he wanted to prevent a "beachhead of intolerance" from spreading in the United States.

"The world is in trouble, but we're going to straighten it out, OK? That's what I do - I fix things," Trump said in his speech.