Evening Top 5: Mother and Baby expansion; fire brigade strikes; and pay gap

The top stories this Monday night

Cabinet to consider extending mother and baby commission

A member of the Cabinet says the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes must be allowed finish its work in relation to the former Bon Secours facility in Tuam.

It is believed several hundred children were buried at the site.

Advocacy groups have been calling for similar excavations at other former homes around the country.

Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe says it will be considered.

Dublin Fire Brigade to hold 24 hour work stoppages

SIPTU members in Dublin Fire Brigade are to conduct two 24-hour work stoppages.

Workers will down tools on Saturday March, 18th and Monday March 27th.

They say this is to highlight their opposition to an attempt to remove ambulance call and dispatch functions from Dublin Fire Brigade.

The stoppages will both begin at 9.00am.

US appoints acting ambassador to Ireland

The US embassy says its next ambassador to Ireland will be Reece Smyth from Texas - at least temporarily.

Mr Smyth has taken up the post of be Chargé d'affaires, or acting ambassador, for the next few months.

He says: "I look forward to engaging with you here and sharing my experience of visiting this wonderful country and getting to know the Irish people".

WATCH: 'Conor McGregor' finally meets Floyd Mayweather

Conor McGregor's super-fight with Floyd Mayweather looks like it's going to happen sooner, rather than later.

After Khabib Nurmagomedov's late withdrawal from UFC 209, the lightweight division remains as confused as ever, despite the McGregor holding the belt. He is in no hurry to defend the title and seems to have his eyes set on a fight with the unbeaten Mayweather.

Ireland has one of the lowest pay gaps for female managers

Just over two out of every five managers in Ireland is a woman.

This makes Ireland one of the better performers in the European Union, where Ireland ranks fourth-highest for women in managerial positions.

Eurostat figures show that 43% of managers in Irish workplaces are women - ahead of France, Sweden, the UK and Spain.