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.

Employers to get access to banned drivers database

Employers to get access to banned drivers database

More than 8,000 of the 9,500 drivers disqualified last year failed to surrender their licences

Donohoe’s plan to haul in HSE bosses to halt health budget overruns

Donohoe’s plan to haul in HSE bosses to halt health budget overruns

In an interview with The Sunday Business Post, Donohoe revealed that he had a new plan to prevent the HSE’s €700 million budget overspend this year becoming 'normalised'

Rivals unite to attack Higgins on Áras spending

Rivals unite to attack Higgins on Áras spending

President warns against a return to ‘landlordism’ and the notion that only the rich can contest the presidency

Behind the scenes with Paschal Donohoe

Behind the scenes with Paschal Donohoe

The budgetary plans I’ve laid out are capable of withstanding many of the different Brexit challenges, says the finance minister

Twice the price to set out Ireland’s stall at Dubai Expo

Twice the price to set out Ireland’s stall at Dubai Expo

The cost of the exhibition at Expo 2020 is likely to raise eyebrows, because it is more than double the €1.7 million spent on the last international expo in Milan in 2015 – and it will have to be dismantled afterwards

Communities to raise €9,000 for refugee families

Communities to raise €9,000 for refugee families

Government has given a commitment to house 4,000 refugees

A budget with little drama – but enough to keep the ‘new politics’ show on the road for a while yet

A budget with little drama – but enough to keep the ‘new politics’ show on the road for a while yet

One senior Fianna Fáil source said it would be a ‘yawnfest’, while opposition backbenchers afterwards described it as a ‘non-event’

Budget 2019 won’t be causing any street protests

Budget 2019 won’t be causing any street protests

In terms of its vote-getting ability, the tax cuts are relatively modest and unlikely to sway the electorate one way or another

Can Donohoe 'de-dramatise' the budget?

Can Donohoe 'de-dramatise' the budget?

Many of the key budget decisions have already been revealed, but the big test is the use the government will make of the €1 billion corporation tax windfall

Higgins on homelessness, spending and pensions

Higgins on homelessness, spending and pensions

Incumbent President Michael D Higgins feels his long service in political and public life will be an advantage in his second bid for the Áras

Health is ‘gobbling up all the bloody money’

Health is ‘gobbling up all the bloody money’

The overspend in health is projected to be €700m, but at least the government has Fianna Fáil onside for the budget

State lost €2.8m in failed criminal tracking system

State lost €2.8m in failed criminal tracking system

The Gardaí hired an IT company to start work on getting access to Schengen Information System back in 2006 but the project was halted in 2008 due to the recession

President’s €100,000 extra spend on photography

President’s €100,000 extra spend on photography

Newly published presidential accounts show that the spend on training and development and incidental expenses at Áras an Uachtaráin went up to €391,000 last year

Vat hike to fund Donohoe’s ‘Brexit-proof’ Budget 2019

Vat hike to fund Donohoe’s ‘Brexit-proof’ Budget 2019

There will be a boost for the country’s 174,000 landlords who are going to see their tax relief on mortgage interest payments rise from 90 per cent to 100 per cent

Frustration for returning construction workers

Frustration for returning construction workers

More than 100,000 construction workers emigrated during the recession