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.

Sinn Féin’s frequent flyer tax is an idea with wings

Sinn Féin’s frequent flyer tax is an idea with wings

Party researching €5 levy for people taking more than six flights a year

Chasing the monster that is Brexit toward extinction

Chasing the monster that is Brexit toward extinction

For some time now, British prime minister Boris Johnson has looked as out of place as the pink boat on Merrion Street belonging to the Irish branch of Extinction Rebellion

Interview: Paschal Donohoe reflects on his no-deal budget

Interview: Paschal Donohoe reflects on his no-deal budget

After announcing his no-deal budget last week, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe is unruffled by the prospect of a Brexit deal. His approach was still the right one, he insists

Consultants to oversee high-spending state projects

Consultants to oversee high-spending state projects

Government is eager to avoid huge overruns in projects like the National Children’s Hospital

Five short days that witnessed a shift in the wind

Five short days that witnessed a shift in the wind

Fianna Fáil smelled blood after an uninspiring budget, but then Fine Gael got an unexpected boost after the Varadkar-Johnson Brexit summit, making the next election harder to call than ever. All in all, it was quite the week

Employers ‘minority report’ is against 30c minimum wage hike

Employers ‘minority report’ is against 30c minimum wage hike

Employer representatives have issued a ‘minority report’ to oppose a minimum wage of €10.10 per hour even if there is an orderly Brexit

Donohoe: years of budget surpluses needed to offset corporation tax shock

Donohoe: years of budget surpluses needed to offset corporation tax shock

Warning comes as OECD proposals risk loss of €1bn a year

Budget 2020: Fine Gael adopts election footing

Budget 2020: Fine Gael adopts election footing

Donohoe borrows from the Greens but fails to deliver long-promised tax cuts

No moves to enact law to abolish Policing Authority

No moves to enact law to abolish Policing Authority

The Policing Authority could avoid being disbanded given the imminent general election

No pre-election spending spree on the cards

No pre-election spending spree on the cards

Fine Gael is aiming to regain lost ground in the next election, but that doesn’t mean Paschal Donohoe is preparing a giveaway this week. In the end, Brexit may have a bigger influence than budget on voters

Varadkar and Coveney must now play the waiting game

Varadkar and Coveney must now play the waiting game

There is no sign of Varadkar or Tánaiste Simon Coveney bending the knee to British prime minister Boris Johnson’s ‘two borders’ plan

HSE expects 500 a day on trolleys during the winter months over delayed discharges

HSE expects 500 a day on trolleys during the winter months over delayed discharges

The Sunday Business Post has obtained details of the HSE’s ‘winter-ready plan’ which is being drawn up to deal with the traditional surge in hospital admissions over the October to March period

Budget boost for business as Donohoe prepares for no deal

Budget boost for business as Donohoe prepares for no deal

Bigger tax credits for the self-employed and small businesses

Budget 2020: limited changes and a few surprises

Budget 2020: limited changes and a few surprises

Lower CGT for small businesses, the retention of the first-time buyers’ grant and higher emission charges for older cars are among the areas to be targeted by the budget this week

Can Donohoe deliver FG’s coveted three in a row?

Can Donohoe deliver FG’s coveted three in a row?

The government hopes that a ‘prudent budget’ will position it for a return to power at the next general election