Michael Brennan

Michael Brennan

Michael Brennan is political editor with the Sunday Business Post. A native of Milltown, Co Galway, he attended St Jarlath's College in Tuam and has a degree in journalism from DCU. After working with Mid West Radio and the Irish Emigrant newspaper in Boston, he joined the Examiner in Cork, where he won the Young Journalist of the Year award in 2004. He later spent two years as a reporter with the Press Association in Dublin, and worked for the Irish Independent for seven years as political correspondent and then deputy political editor.

Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure sets out his stall - 5 key points

Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure sets out his stall - 5 key points

Paschal Donohoe says despite robust growth he will be mindful of Brexit risk

'Victory for Varadkar in AG row - but at what price?'

'Victory for Varadkar in AG row - but at what price?'

Leader’s Questions at 2pm today will be worth watching for signs of strain between Varadkar and Martin

Generation rent: only 25% of young can afford a mortgage

Generation rent: only 25% of young can afford a mortgage

Number of young people renting has jumped from 15 per cent to over 50 per cent in a generation

Wish you were here? Passports held up as officials miss application targets

Wish you were here? Passports held up as officials miss application targets

Office aims to have each renewal processed within 15 days

Varadkar facing the realities of politics at the top

Varadkar facing the realities of politics at the top

With a muted reaction to a rather conservative cabinet reshuffle and the political own goal of the Court of Appeal appointment, the new Taoiseach will find it difficult to focus on hitting the ground running

Help to Buy applications surge ahead of scheme’s closure

Help to Buy applications surge ahead of scheme’s closure

Fianna Fáil calls for expedited review of ‘unholy mess’

'The start of the Varadkar era'

'The start of the Varadkar era'

Varadkar took a non-confrontational tone during his first day - but there was a harder edge too, writes Michael Brennan

Leo appoints defeated Coveney as deputy FG leader

Leo appoints defeated Coveney as deputy FG leader

Coveney faces key task of rebuilding the party in areas where it suffered heavy defeats

Tens of thousands of homes with planning permission not being built

Tens of thousands of homes with planning permission not being built

Landowners accused of ‘hoarding’ sites as housing shortage drives 10 per cent price spike

Shane Ross plans Brexit deal on driving licences

Shane Ross plans Brexit deal on driving licences

The mutual recognition of Irish and British driving licences will lapse once Britain leaves the EU in 2019

Self-employed dads less likely to take paternity leave benefit

Self-employed dads less likely to take paternity leave benefit

Figures show around 13,345 PAYE fathers have taken paternity leave, compared with just 1,222 self-employed fathers

Varadkar to scrap Noonan’s €2.5 billion ‘rainy day fund’ for spending splurge

Varadkar to scrap Noonan’s €2.5 billion ‘rainy day fund’ for spending splurge

Fund was considered a vital measure against a future crisis; Fitzgerald expected to stay as Tánaiste despite Garda debacle

DUP’s deal with Tories could leave SF in the cold

DUP’s deal with Tories could leave SF in the cold

DUP could have positive Brexit influence on Tory leadership; Sinn Féin under pressure to reverse Westminster boycott

UCC withdraws research in wake of Ryan inquiry

UCC withdraws research in wake of Ryan inquiry

University College Cork has been forced to withdraw or correct five scientific research papers in international journals

Expiration of pay deal may lead to new cuts in 2020

Expiration of pay deal may lead to new cuts in 2020

Deal gives pay rises worth 6 to 7 per cent for most public servants and protects them from cuts to the value of their pensions