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.

Bruton intent on keeping vacant housing site for farming

Bruton intent on keeping vacant housing site for farming

Family are sitting on a prime housing site in their home town of Dunboyne in Meath despite the severe shortage of homes there

The bould Donie Cassidy - Fianna Fáil’s new vice president at the age of 72

The bould Donie Cassidy - Fianna Fáil’s new vice president at the age of 72

He is not the future - but he is a reminder of the party’s formidable vote-getting skills

State pays €1.75m over wrongful conviction for manslaughter

State pays €1.75m over wrongful conviction for manslaughter

Martin Conmey had conviction quashed 38 years after death of 19-year-old woman

Martin vows not to go down Fine Gael’s ‘divisive road’

Martin vows not to go down Fine Gael’s ‘divisive road’

Fianna Fáil leader accused Fine Gael of becoming a more right-wing party under Leo Varadkar’s leadership

The first glimpse of Varadkarism

The first glimpse of Varadkarism

Many called it a boring budget, but it did give us a few early clues as to Leo Varadkar’s political train of thought

Paddy Power threatened job cuts over betting tax hike

Paddy Power threatened job cuts over betting tax hike

In the run-up to the budget, there was considerable momentum for the 1 per cent betting tax to be increased to 2 per cent, given that it was once as high as 5 per cent back in 2000

Business backlash against stealth hikes to PRSI rate

Business backlash against stealth hikes to PRSI rate

A battle is brewing between the tax authority and the property industry over loopholes to avoid the increased stamp duty charges

How Donohoe manoeuvred the politics and economics of Budget 2018

How Donohoe manoeuvred the politics and economics of Budget 2018

Minister delivers budget that aims to balance books while appeasing his own government, the opposition and the public.

Michael Brennan: Donohoe pulls off tough balancing act

Michael Brennan: Donohoe pulls off tough balancing act

The minority government a little more confidently of can think of serving a third year in office

Budget 2018: All eyes on the ‘people who get up early in the morning’

Budget 2018: All eyes on the ‘people who get up early in the morning’

Political editor Michael Brennan on what to expect from today's budget

Budget 2018: what each minister wants and what they will actually get

Budget 2018: what each minister wants and what they will actually get

Paschal Donohoe will unveil a budget that aims to balance the books and yet be politically acceptable

This land is their land: Brutons' dormant housing site

This land is their land: Brutons' dormant housing site

A Sunday Business Post investigation has revealed that Fine Gael grandees Richard and John Bruton, and their sister Mary, are the owners of a sprawling Co Meath site that is zoned for housing, but is being used only for silage

No loose lips on FG’s ship

No loose lips on FG’s ship

In stark contrast to the leaks of previous years, the build-up to Budget 2018 has been characterised by an air of obsessive secrecy. Michael Brennan and Hugh O’Connell report

A taoiseach in a time of real turmoil

A taoiseach in a time of real turmoil

The respect for Liam Cosgrave across most of the political spectrum was clear in the hour of Dáil tributes last week

Noonan raises concerns about removing Eighth Amendment

Noonan raises concerns about removing Eighth Amendment

Former finance minister spoke up at a recent meeting of the Fine Gael parliamentary party in response to an internal briefing about the work of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment