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.

Humphreys: IMF doesn’t understand Irish housing market

Humphreys: IMF doesn’t understand Irish housing market

Minister of state Kevin Humphreys has accused the IMF of being out of touch after it backed higher property tax bills for householders.

Bord na gCon lends loss-making stadium €250,000

Bord na gCon lends loss-making stadium €250,000

The Irish Greyhound Board (IGB), Bord na gCon, has given a €250,000 interest-free loan to a loss-making greyhound track. The board itself is under pressure to repair its own finances, with long-term debts of €21 million.

Briefing: Barrett’s position under threat after Dáil criticism

Briefing: Barrett’s position under threat after Dáil criticism

Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett was abroad at a Holocaust commemoration for the heads of European parliaments in Prague last week while a row raged at home in the Dáil.

Soft yes voters will hold the key to long campaign

Soft yes voters will hold the key to long campaign

Complacency may yet sink the hopes of same-sex marriage supporters

British Queen keeps 31,000 Irish pensioners warm

British Queen keeps 31,000 Irish pensioners warm

The British government is paying winter fuel bills for over 31,000 pensioners here after the country passed its “temperature test”. Due to a EU ruling, it had to give the “winter fuel payment” to Irish people who spent most of their working lives in

Kerry Group pushing for €110m motorway upgrade

Kerry Group pushing for €110m motorway upgrade

Kerry Group is pushing for a €110 million motorway upgrade to put an end to traffic gridlock for workers arriving at its new innovation centre.

Ex-FG spin doctor Flannery hired to lobby for gas installers

Ex-FG spin doctor Flannery hired to lobby for gas installers

Former Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery has been hired to lobby for a crackdown on rogue gas installers.

Danske exit sparks credit scheme revamp

Danske exit sparks credit scheme revamp

The credit guarantee scheme is being overhauled to help thousands of businesses affected by the departure of Danske Bank and other lenders.

Future  of  smes Nash sets out his stall

Future of smes Nash sets out his stall

Ged Nash, Minister of State for Business and Employment, opens up about the SME debt crisis, access to credit, job creation, wages and more

European Commission reports mortgage reposessions rising at ‘accelerated pace’

European Commission reports mortgage reposessions rising at ‘accelerated pace’

The European Commission has noted that house repossessions here are increasing “at an accelerated pace” as the banks take action on those with long-term arrears.

Tribunal budgets for paying Ahern’s legal costs

Tribunal budgets for paying Ahern’s legal costs

The Mahon Tribunal has budgeted for paying the full legal costs of former taoiseach Bertie Ahern for his 20 days in the witness stand.

TD calls for new deal on €30bn Anglo debt

TD calls for new deal on €30bn Anglo debt

An Oireachtas Committee chairman has called on the government to push for a new deal on the €30 billion Anglo Irish Bank debt after the Greek elections.

Profile Patricia King : It’s good to be the King

Profile Patricia King : It’s good to be the King

Patricia King’s trade union career began with the occupation of a car factory in Dublin. Manufacturers used to have to part-assemble their cars in the country to avoid import taxes, but that requirement was gradually dropped after Ireland joined the

Inside the 2009 emergency budget

Inside the 2009 emergency budget

Secret cabinet documents reveal that, six years ago, Brian Cowen’s government was desperate for ideas to save money

Row over sourcing of cheaper alert alarms for the elderly

Row over sourcing of cheaper alert alarms for the elderly

A state-funded charity has been criticised for tendering for cheaper alert alarms for elderly peo...