Evening top 5: Trump and Obama meet at White House; SIPTU threatens industrial action

Thursday's top stories on Newstalk.com...

Ireland's largest trade union threatens industrial action

Ireland’s largest trade union is to ballot its 60,000 public service members for industrial action unless the government announces new national pay talks within a week.

The Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU) will authorise ballots for industrial action unless the government announces "an early date” - no later than the 1st February, 2017 - to begin negotiations for a new pay deal.

Trump and Obama discuss 'some wonderful situations and some difficulties' during first meeting

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Barack Obama has said he had an "excellent conversation" with President-elect Donald Trump at the White House, as the handover of power begins.

Mr Obama said he was encouraged by Mr Trump's willingness to work with his team on the issues facing the country, adding it was important for all "to now come together".

Meet Trump's potential cabinet

President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet-in-waiting was lined up ahead of his win.

Trump started with a mandate to hire from the private sector whenever possible - leaning on like-minded CEOs and executives for his 'kitchen cabinet'. So far, the Trump campaign and transition teams have been tight-lipped about their picks.

Here's who is predicted to take the mantle within the Republican's candidate...

#WebSummit: Meet the Irishman modernising the Church through social media

There's a wide range of discussions, panels and keynotes taking place at Web Summit 2016, here in Lisbon. One of the guests in attendance is Monsignor Paul Tighe, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture in the Vatican. The Irishman has worked in the Vatican for 9 years now and told me about his work in using social media within the church. 

Conor McGregor: "Saturday night, I become immortal"

Fans and press alike caught their first glimpses of Conor McGregor's power as a UFC lightweight challenger last night during open workouts and the Irishman didn't disappoint.

On Saturday night he will be top of a stacked card at Madison Square Garden and last night ramped the hype for this weekend's fight up another notch.