Evening top 5: May meets Trump; Bus Éireann cuts coming next month

The top stories this Friday evening...

Theresa May was able to declare Donald Trump "100% behind NATO" during his first meeting with a foreign leader since becoming President last week.

The Prime Minister's team are delighted their decision to fully engage with the new President has led to concrete results, reining in some of his radical rhetoric that had troubled many Western allies.

In a White House news conference with the Prime Minister, the President also appeared to distance US policy from his own view that "torture works", saying that he would be guided by his new defence secretary James Mattis.


SIPTU says their members in Bus Éireann are "prepared for war", when it comes to planned pay cuts at the company.

Bus Éireann announced today that unilateral cuts to all premiums - as well as reductions in sick pay benefit, overtime rates and Sunday premiums for drivers - will be implemented in three weeks' time.

Unions representing workers responded by saying industrial action is 'inevitable' if the company goes ahead with the planned cuts.

Divisional Organiser in SIPTU Greg Ennis says their members are determined to fight any cuts to their pay.

Meanwhile, Minister for Transport Shane Ross has reiterated he will not be intervening in the dispute.


Melania Trump has appeared on the Mexican edition of Vanity Fair - a day after Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto cancelled a meeting with her husband.

She is pictured for the February issue of the magazine, poised with a fork over a bowl of jewels, as if preparing to eat them. One of the cover lines proclaims her as the "nueva Jackie Kennedy."

The publication says the profile looks at the "intriguing past" of Mrs Trump, borrowing from a story in GQ's edition last April. GQ and Vanity Fair are owned by the same parent company, Condé Nast.


The €88.5m winning EuroMillions ticket was sold in Applegreen motorway services station on the M1 northbound in Lusk, Co Dublin.

It was announced yesterday that the ticket was sold in Dublin, but the National Lottery has now narrowed it down to the seller.

The winner of the prize has already been in contact with the National Lottery.

There was one winner of this week's jackpot, which is worth €88,587,275.

Tuesday's winning numbers were 1, 5, 7, 17, 23 with the lucky stars 3 and 8. 

It is the third EuroMillions jackpot win in Ireland in the last year, while the lucky winners will pick up the third-largest EuroMillions prize ever won in Ireland.

Joe Barratt is the chief operations manager for Applegreen, and spoke to Newstalk Breakfast about the win.

"We've got customers coming here and travelling down to Dublin Airport to go on holidays... their commute to Belfast," he explained.

"We don't actually where the customer's from, and we sell a lot of tickets. So that's still unknown to us - it's still a secret."


Rafa Nadal has won an epic Australian Open semi-final against Grigor Dimitrov to set up a final against great rival Roger Federer.

The 14 time Grand Slam winner came through a pulsating five sets against his Bulgarian opponent to set up a decider that will feature two players with a combined 31 grand slam titles.

It will be the first time in nearly six years that they will play each other in a major final.

It took five hours to separate Nadal and Dimitrov on the Melbourne court.

Nadal took the first set 6-3. But World No 15 Dimitrov fought back to take the second set 7-5.

The match would see-saw back in Nadal's favour in the third as he prevailed 7-6.

But Dimitrov made sure that they would go to a fifth and deciding set by taking the fourth 7-6.

The fifth set was a tense and tight one but Nadal broke his opponents serve to go 5-4 up and then served for the match.

He will now face Federer in a final that harks back to one of sport's great rivalries.