Evening top 5: Trumps talks to Sturgeon; Adams refuses to give name of IRA leader; and the Russian Olympic team 'corrupted London Games'

The top stories on Newstalk.com this evening

Donald Trump has spoken to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to discuss Scotland's "long-standing relationship" with the US.

The US President-elect traces his roots back to the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, but in the immediate aftermath of his unexpected victory Mrs Sturgeon said it was "not the outcome I had hoped for".

The Scottish Government described the phone call on Friday as a "brief introductory conversation".

"The First Minister offered her congratulations and, reflecting on the letter she sent him following the election, expressed her belief in the values Scotland and the United States share," it said in a statement.


Austin Stack is insisting that his father's killer was still alive in 2013.

He said Gerry Adams brought he and his brother Austin to meet an IRA member three years ago and they discussed the fact that the killer did not want to meet them - which is proof he was still alive at that point.

However Mr. Adams said during a radio interview today that the IRA man they spoke to did NOT say, for certain, that he knew the name of the killer and there was no certainty about whether he was still alive.

Earlier today, Deputy Adams again refused to give the name of his IRA contact to the Gardaí, despite repeated calls from Government Ministers and other TDs.

Austin Stack said it's now vital that Mr. Adams gives Gardai the name of the informant so they can investigate.


More than 1,000 Russian athletes in 30 summer and winter Olympic and Paralympic sports benefited from a systematic doping cover-up, including many medalists from London 2012.

An investigation for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) claims positive tests were concealed at the London Games, the Sochi Winter Olympics, and the 2013 World Athletics Championships.

London 2012 was corrupted by Russian athletes on an "unprecedented scale", said head of the investigation Professor Richard McClaren.

The investigation's findings allege "an institutional conspiracy across winter and summer sports athletes who participated with Russian officials within the Ministry of Sport ... along with the FSB (Russia's security service) for the purpose of manipulating doping controls".

These included 15 medalists from London, and two Sochi 2014 athletes who won four gold medals.


Prince Andrew has denied reports of a rift with his brother over his daughters' role as members of the Royal family.

In a statement, Andrew, the Duke of York, said that "a number of stories" had been published over the past few weeks "that have no basis of fact".

He added that "the most recent, relating to my daughters, requires correction to terminate further speculation and innuendo".

The Duke said that suggestions he had asked for future husbands of Princesses Beatrice, 28, and Eugenie, 26, to have titles were "a complete fabrication".

"There is no truth to the story that there could be a split between the Prince of Wales and I over my daughters' participation as member of the Royal Family and any continued speculation is pointless."


21st Century Fox, the international film and television giant behind hit shows like The Simpsons and Modern Family, has tabled a takeover bid for Sky, the owner of Sky News.

The cash offer values Sky shares at 1075p each - less the value of any dividends paid subsequently by Sky - putting a valuation on the company of £18.48bn. 

21st Century Fox, whose other media assets include 20th Century Fox, one of Hollywood's largest studios, currently owns 39.1% of Sky and it has long been speculated in the City that it would seek to buy full control.

Independent directors of Sky - which is Europe's biggest pay television broadcaster with 21 million subscribers in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Italy and Austria - have agreed to recommend the offer to shareholders other than 21st Century Fox. 

However, the company said that "certain material terms" remained under discussion and that there could be no certainty that an offer would be made by 21st Century Fox.