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 candidate describes Traveller site as a waste of valuable resources'

Fine Gael candidate describes Traveller site as a waste of valuable resources'

It has been described as the most expensive and the most scenic Traveller accommodation in the country.

Child abuse reporting gets long awaited legal backing

Child abuse reporting gets long awaited legal backing

Teachers, gardai­ and nurses will be legally obliged to report any suspicions that a child is being abused to the new child protection agency.

Insolvency experts threatening to hand back their licences

Insolvency experts threatening to hand back their licences

Personal insolvency experts who spent thousands of euro to become authorised to negotiate debt deals are warning that they may hand back their licences, due to a lack of cases.

FG wants taxpayer to pay for Euro 1m HQ refurbishment

FG wants taxpayer to pay for Euro 1m HQ refurbishment

Fine Gael is set to claim back up to Euro 1 million of the cost of refurbishing its headquarters from the taxpayer.

The thin blue line faces cuts to allowances Move is due to €29m Haddington Road target

The thin blue line faces cuts to allowances Move is due to €29m Haddington Road target

Gardai are facing cuts in allowances and overtime due to a Euro 29 million savings target in the Haddington road review.

2017 is the date for public sector pay rises

2017 is the date for public sector pay rises

The country's 291,000 public servants are set to get average pay rises of almost 4 per cent in three years' time.

Driven out of town

Driven out of town

Across the length and breadth of Ireland, 80 town councils are to be abolished from June 1 onwards, writes Michael Brennan.

Councils vie for greenway cycle schemes

Councils vie for greenway cycle schemes

Huge over-subscription for limited government funding to develop scenic cycle routes.

Varadkar meeting over court poor box

Varadkar meeting over court poor box

Transport minister Leo Varadkar is to meet the President of the District Court as part of his campaign to stop the use of the court poor box for speeding offences.

Inspection: rented homes revealed to be fire hazards

Inspection: rented homes revealed to be fire hazards

No smoke alarms in some houses and apartments

County managers predict higher water charges for business

County managers predict higher water charges for business

County managers have warned that businesses are likely to face higher water bills following the establishment of Irish Water.

Garda crisis: How controversy turned into crisis

Garda crisis: How controversy turned into crisis

A public division over penalty points became the coalition's biggest crisis to date. Michael Brennan and Pat Leahy report

Tapes inquiry to probe Real IRA raid

Tapes inquiry to probe Real IRA raid

The Garda Tapes inquiry is expected to establish whether gardaí tipped off Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt about a planned raid on his home.

Revenue's property tax estimates wrong on 166,000 houses

Revenue's property tax estimates wrong on 166,000 houses

The Revenue Commissioners significantly underestimated the number of householders who would value their house at the lowest possible rate for the property tax.

Sinn Fein leader gets Assembly pension on top of Dail salary

Sinn Fein leader gets Assembly pension on top of Dail salary

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams is claiming a pension from the Northern Assembly on top of his €87,000 Dail salary.