Evening top 5: Obama has concerns about Trump's presidency; Trump and Putin hold telephone conversation

The top stories on Newstalk.com this evening

US President Barack Obama said he has concerns about Donald Trump's presidency during his first press conference since meeting the President-elect.

Mr Obama told Mr Trump he must reach out to voters who did not support him, while Mr Trump told the outgoing president he was committed to NATO during their one-on-one meeting earlier this week.

“In my conversations with the President-elect, he expressed a great interest in maintaining our core strategic relationships,” Obama said, adding that he had a message from Trump to pass on to world leaders he will meet this week. “One of the messages I will be able to deliver is his commitment to NATO and the transatlantic alliance.”


Meanwhile, the Kremlin confirmed that Donald Trump has spoken with Vladimir Putin over the phone.

The two men pledged to combine efforts against their "shared enemy No. 1 – international terrorism and extremism,” and plan to meet personally, the Kremlin statement said.

Upon Trump's election, Putin sent him a congratulatory telegram, saying he hopes they could end a crisis in U.S.-Russian relations and work together on global security and international issues.


The government has said it is "committed to engagement" with the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) after the organisation announced it is to ballot hospital doctors for industrial action.

In a statement from the Department of Health, the Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe and the Minister for Health Simon Harris said they are committed to engagement with the IMO on matters of mutual concern.

The statement said: "The particular issue of the ‘Living Out Allowance’ which is under consideration by both parties involves potentially significant exchequer resources which have not been provided for in either the current or next year’s budgetary provision. Accordingly, this issue would need to be considered in the context of wider Public Sector engagement."


The Department of Health is being urged to clarify why two new vaccines are not being offered to infants.

Additional Meningitis and Rotavirus vaccinations were due to be rolled out to babies from the start of last month - however, doctors say the department has failed to respond to their concerns over the increased workload.

GPs in the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) say they've proven successful internationally in protecting infants, and warned earlier today that the Government will miss a December 1st deadline to expand the childhood vaccination scheme.

The number of children struck by a debilitating virus rose fivefold last year.


A judge has ordered "Making a Murderer" subject Brendan Dassey released from prison, pending his appeal.

NBS Chicago reports that the granting of his release came during a ruling Monday, which outlined several conditions, including that he can only travel in the court's Eastern District of Wisconsin, cannot obtain a passport, cannot possess a gun or any other weapons or possess any controlled substances.

He also cannot contact his uncle Steven Avery, or the family of Teresa Halbach.