Evening top 5: Zappone on McCabe; solidarity strikes; and Ryanair's competition

The top stories this Friday night

Discussing McCabe meetings at Cabinet "highly inappropriate", says Zappone

A spokesperson for the Children's Minister, Katherine Zappone, says it would have been"highly inappropriate" for her to to brief the Cabinet on meetings she had with Maurice McCabe.

It comes after it was confirmed Minister Zappone met Mr McCabe and his wife in relation to false allegations of sexual abuse made against him.

The spokesperson added that Minister Zappone "informed relevant Government colleagues" during this period.

Bus Éireann action could affect Dublin Bus and Irish Rail

There are fears any strike action at Bus Éireann could lead to solidarity action by other CIE companies.

Bus Éireann SIPTU workers are set to engage in an all-out strike from Monday February 20th.

But they say they will engage in talks with management once the company removes its threat to unilaterally change workers' terms and conditions of employment.

Medicinal cannabis on the cards for some patients

The Health Minister says he intends to make medicinal cannabis available for patients with specific conditions.

A Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) report on medicinal cannabis has been published this morning.

Retirement cut-backs hurt Johnny Heitinga's lifestyle

Johnny Heitinga is struggling to cope with the financial aspects of life as a former professional footballer.

The defender, who played in the 2010 World Cup Final, also has spells in England with Everton and Fulham. He retired at the end of last season, after one year in Amsterdam with his first club Ajax.

Ryanair could soon be facing less competition

Ryanair is reported to be "closing in" on deals which would see it consolidate its dominant position in Europe's short-haul travel market.

It is believed to be working on agreements with major European airlines, including Aer Lingus, Norwegian Air, Lufthansa and Alitalia according to Bloomberg, which would see RA provide short-haul feeder flights for its rivals' long-haul services.