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.

How do we house the nurse and the guard?

How do we house the nurse and the guard?

We used to measure affordability in the housing market by the ability of a nurse and a garda to buy a home together. Today, that couple are shut out of the market. Here are three policies that could alleviate a social problem behind the public service pay demands

Chairman of new beef group blasts ‘irrelevant’ IFA Threat to cut off cattle sales to factories in price row

Chairman of new beef group blasts ‘irrelevant’ IFA Threat to cut off cattle sales to factories in price row

The chairman of a new beef farmers movement has said that it is the new voice for the sector inst...

Hundreds refuse medical exams of their personal injuries claims

Hundreds refuse medical exams of their personal injuries claims

Almost 800 people have refused to turn up for an independent medical assessment of their personal...

INMO denies younger nurses’ pay rises were cut in deal

INMO denies younger nurses’ pay rises were cut in deal

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has insisted that younger nurses are not having their ...

Builders warn extension of grant for first-time buyers is needed

Builders warn extension of grant for first-time buyers is needed

Builders are seeking a five-year extension of the controversial first-time buyers grant of up to ...

Ministers fear British infighting will trigger accidental no-deal Brexit

Ministers fear British infighting will trigger accidental no-deal Brexit

Government ministers are becoming increasingly concerned of an accidental no-deal Brexit due to t...

New law to affect lesbian couples registering as parents

New law to affect lesbian couples registering as parents

A new law will ban lesbian parents from putting both their names on their child’s birth cert if...

One in three regional plans not reaching key targets

One in three regional plans not reaching key targets

Some 33 per cent of enterprise plans fail to reduce unemployment

Why the state spending watchdog was a better bet to investigate the National Children's Hospital fiasco than PwC

Why the state spending watchdog was a better bet to investigate the National Children's Hospital fiasco than PwC

Fianna Fáil is using a two-hour private members’ slot in the Dáil tonight to move its own bill to give the Comptroller and Auditor General the power to investigate massive cost overruns on state building projects

Rural development firm under fire for spending record

Rural development firm under fire for spending record

Meath Partnership secured €6.9 million under Leader programme, but only €856k spent so far

Just one in ten jobless households takes up department’s pilot project

Just one in ten jobless households takes up department’s pilot project

The government is concerned about the number of households where nobody is working because of the high levels of poverty and deprivation – particularly for children

Former HSA chief blames hospital costs on ill-defined ‘roles and responsibilities’

Former HSA chief blames hospital costs on ill-defined ‘roles and responsibilities’

Tom Beegan, who now runs his own health and safety consultancy company, said there had been a failure to have clear governance on the project

Crackdown on state pensions nets €15 million for exchequer

Crackdown on state pensions nets €15 million for exchequer

Social welfare inspectors are targeting up to 66,000 people – mainly women - who get a partial pension while their partner gets a full state contributory pension

Who will blink first in latest Brexit stand-off?

Who will blink first in latest Brexit stand-off?

Leo Varadkar’s government is banking on Theresa May not allowing Britain to spiral into a no-deal Brexit. But with seven weeks to go, it’s a risky game - as May could be waiting out the clock as well

Nursing homes to avoid extra medical card fees with own GP service

Nursing homes to avoid extra medical card fees with own GP service

One nursing home director said some GPs were charging annual retainer fees of more than €200 per resident to visit patients in a nursing home