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.

Labour gears up for next election with sale of HQ

Labour gears up for next election with sale of HQ

Labour has stepped up its general election preparations by selling off its headquarters near St Stephen’s Green in Dublin.

Education minister aims to cut primary pupil-teacher ratio

Education minister aims to cut primary pupil-teacher ratio

Education minister Jan O’Sullivan is seeking to tackle the problem of super-sized primary schoo...

FG TDs back Labour bill to cut bankruptcy period to a year

FG TDs back Labour bill to cut bankruptcy period to a year

l Move aims to help homeowners seeking mortgage debt deals Fine Gael TDs are rowing in behind a ...

TDs fail in attempt to oust expenses auditing firm

TDs fail in attempt to oust expenses auditing firm

A group of TDs have failed in their attempt to get rid of a private firm which was carrying out i...

Agreement on sale of Aer Lingus now closer

Agreement on sale of Aer Lingus now closer

At the start, the discussion in government was about whether to sell or not to sell the Aer Lingus stake. Now it is about the price.

Census figures cast doubt on school travel scheme

Census figures cast doubt on school travel scheme

The number of children being driven to school has continued to rise despite a government-funded c...

Rare bird of prey stalls planned mountain bike trail

Rare bird of prey stalls planned mountain bike trail

A rare bird of prey is being blamed for blocking the construction of a €2 million mountain bike...

Burton will back a rise in minimum wage

Burton will back a rise in minimum wage

Tánaiste Joan Burton has promised to back a rise in the national minimum wage for workers and to give two weeks of paid paternity leave to fathers. Although the Low Pay Commission will have to make a recommendation on the current minimum wage rate of

Decentralised state offices have rent bill of almosat €6m

Decentralised state offices have rent bill of almosat €6m

The state is still paying almost €6 million to rent offices for staff who were decentralised out of Dublin by former Fianna Fáil minister Charlie McCreevy.

FG promise more tax cuts for ‘squeezed middle’

FG promise more tax cuts for ‘squeezed middle’

Fine Gael has set out its stall for the general election by promising further tax cuts for middle-income families over the next two budgets.

Fine Gael machine spins up to election speed

Fine Gael machine spins up to election speed

The party will present itself as leader of the government that led the nation out of the fiscal wilderness, and its election message will essentially be: ‘Put us in to keep wreckers out’

Gardaí wrap up probe into  health insurance firm

Gardaí wrap up probe into health insurance firm

Gardaí have ruled out any further action after concluding a criminal investigation into the society that provides health insurance for the country’s gardaí.

Ahern faces legal bill after ruling by Mahon Tribunal

Ahern faces legal bill after ruling by Mahon Tribunal

Bertie Ahern is facing a significant legal bill after he was found not to have cooperated fully with the Mahon Tribunal.

Michael Brennan: Enda Kenny’s desire to protect small schools from cutbacks may be a vote-winner, but it’s far removed from the national interest

Michael Brennan: Enda Kenny’s desire to protect small schools from cutbacks may be a vote-winner, but it’s far removed from the national interest

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was so concerned about the closures of small schools that he once caught a special adviser in a headlock over the issue.

State cuts grants for group water scheme users

State cuts grants for group water scheme users

Around 500,000 people on rural group water schemes are facing higher water bills after the government cut their annual grant for the first time. The move has led to claims that the government is seeking to recoup part of the cost of the €100 water co