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.

Fine Gael left licking its wounds after poking the Fianna Fáil bear

Fine Gael left licking its wounds after poking the Fianna Fáil bear

Micheál Martin told RTÉ he would not pay the slightest heed to 'megaphone pressure' from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his Fine Gael ministers to sign a quick extension of the confidence and supply deal

Bogus self-employment fines binned by Fianna Fáil ‘under protest’

Bogus self-employment fines binned by Fianna Fáil ‘under protest’

Unions have been lobbying for the bill to pass as soon as possible because it will ban zero-hours contracts and provide more protection for workers on low-hour contracts

Pilot project aims to find work for women in jobless homes

Pilot project aims to find work for women in jobless homes

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

No way out

No way out

The Dáil will vote this Wednesday on Theresa May’s Brexit draft withdrawal agreement - which has drawn near-unanimous cross-party disapproval in her own country. Meanwhile, in Varadkar’s cabinet, the reality of a potential no-deal Brexit is hitting home

Minister challenges critics of direct provision centres

Minister challenges critics of direct provision centres

Stanton cites ‘community gain’ for residents of four rural towns earmarked for centres

HSE review says hospitals fudging delayed discharge figures

HSE review says hospitals fudging delayed discharge figures

An independent expert review has found that some hospitals allow a 'grace' period of up to ten days before a delayed discharge is recorded

An iron fist in a velvet glove

An iron fist in a velvet glove

Paschal Donohoe’s warning to the accountancy profession

Government drops Action Plan for Jobs

Government drops Action Plan for Jobs

The policy was introduced in 2012 with the aim of putting pressure on government departments to implement new policies to get 100,000 people back in jobs

Appeasing Ranelagh residents could add €77m to Metro costs

Appeasing Ranelagh residents could add €77m to Metro costs

The closure of a leafy level crossing in south Dublin has some locals up in arms – and bending ears at the highest levels of government

FF councillor with €450k in bank refused building loan

FF councillor with €450k in bank refused building loan

A Fianna Fáil councillor has been blocked from getting a small building loan despite having €4...

Department probes claims of bogus self-employment of pilots at Ryanair

Department probes claims of bogus self-employment of pilots at Ryanair

IALPA dossier calls on officials to deal with status of Ryanair’s contractor pilots

Welfare offices to be ranked in new league table

Welfare offices to be ranked in new league table

The system was supposed to have been implemented two years ago, but has been held up due to the implementation of a new activation and case management system for helping unemployed people

EU sticks to 'all weather' track on backstop

EU sticks to 'all weather' track on backstop

Such is the fragile state of affairs that British Prime Minister Theresa May called Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on the phone yesterday to talk about a 'review mechanism' for the backstop

Planning woes in Roscommon and Wexford

Planning woes in Roscommon and Wexford

Permissions overturned for windfarms, rural housing and a granny flat

Unions lobby Fianna Fáil to shelve bogus self-employment legislation

Unions lobby Fianna Fáil to shelve bogus self-employment legislation

Unions are putting pressure on Fianna Fáil to drop a plan to fine employers involved in bogus se...