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.

Local firms complain of rates increases to ‘plug gap for councils’

Local firms complain of rates increases to ‘plug gap for councils’

Commercial rates were largely frozen during the recession in recognition of the fact that many businesses were struggling to survive, but at least six councils have voted to increase their commercial rates for businesses next year

HSE gave contract to former manager’s company without going to public tender

HSE gave contract to former manager’s company without going to public tender

The HSE confirmed that it had not contacted its national procurement unit to advertise on the contract to provide day services in Drogheda and Dundalk for people with disabilities

Penalty points for fishermen will let state access EU fund

Penalty points for fishermen will let state access EU fund

The EU has suspended the payments from its European Maritime and Fisheries Fund until Ireland brings in a sanctions regime for fishermen who breach the EU’s rules on overfishing

The long goodbye

The long goodbye

This week, British MPs will vote on Theresa May’s draft withdrawal treaty - but in Britain, Ireland and Brussels, the mood is grim as the possibility of a no-deal Brexit looms ever larger

Will Hogan get a second term as EU Commissioner?

Will Hogan get a second term as EU Commissioner?

There is no guarantee Varadkar will back him, though his past loyalty will work in his favour

RTÉ under fire for ‘taking out’ Fitzgerald

RTÉ under fire for ‘taking out’ Fitzgerald

There was growing criticism this weekend of the national broadcaster, which recently introduced a policy of requiring all its newer correspondents to reapply for their jobs after five years

Cowen: tap EU fund to help Bord na Móna workers

Cowen: tap EU fund to help Bord na Móna workers

FF public expenditure spokesman raps Varadkar for state not putting in application before deadline. Peat firm also looking at EU’s Globalisation Fund

Canney: ban on fossil fuel exploration premature

Canney: ban on fossil fuel exploration premature

Minister of State for Natural Resources Sean Canney has said that drilling for oil and gas has to...

Student accommodation to be protected against large rent hikes

Student accommodation to be protected against large rent hikes

Students living in purpose-built accommodation are going to be protected against large rent hikes...

‘Inappropriate referrals’ add to long speech therapy lists

‘Inappropriate referrals’ add to long speech therapy lists

HSE currently employs more than 900 speech and language therapists throughout the country

Requested extension to IBRC probe would further inflate costs

Requested extension to IBRC probe would further inflate costs

The commission of investigation into Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) has sought a fourth...

May can speak to the British people about Brexit – but she has to speak to the people who matter

May can speak to the British people about Brexit – but she has to speak to the people who matter

It is very difficult to put the squeeze on wavering MPs by trying to get millions of people to apply pressure on them. It is much more effective to use some levers on them directly

Poll boost for FG/FF, but no rest ahead

Poll boost for FG/FF, but no rest ahead

Fine Gael is up by one point in our latest poll after Leo Varadkar’s talk of cutting taxes last week - but it faces plenty of challenges between now and Christmas

Buy more products from Irish firms, Humphreys encourages multinationals

Buy more products from Irish firms, Humphreys encourages multinationals

The Minister for Business Heather Humphreys wants multinational companies based here to buy more ...

Strike and lose your increments, Donohue tells nurses

Strike and lose your increments, Donohue tells nurses

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has warned the country’s 37,000 nurses that they will be d...