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.

Private firms to employ 1,000 people to retrain long-term jobless

Private firms to employ 1,000 people to retrain long-term jobless

Around 1,000 people are set to be employed to retrain the long-term unemployed in 100 offices around the country.

Noonan grants €6m for bridge on his home turf

Noonan grants €6m for bridge on his home turf

One of Minister for Finance Michael Noonan's budget surprises was a €6 million grant for a pedestrian bridge for his native Limerick city.

State was warned water benefit' was wasteful

State was warned water benefit' was wasteful

The government ignored expert advice in its rushed attempt to reduce water bills.

Labour trying to make amends in Budget for broken promise on child benefit cuts

Labour trying to make amends in Budget for broken promise on child benefit cuts

Tánaiste Joan Burton has made a clear attempt in this budget to tackle one of the “broken promises” that has haunted Labour, writes Michael Brennan.

COMMENT: USC hikes could be politically controversial

COMMENT: USC hikes could be politically controversial

The most surprising feature of Finance Minister Michael Noonan’s budget is the hike in the Universal Social Charge for higher earners, writes Michael Brennan.

Budget 2015: Politics of economic adjustment

Budget 2015: Politics of economic adjustment

Political demands, as ever, are shaping the budget. Here are ten of the most pressing issues that must be resolved before the big day.

Lowdown on graduate interviews

Lowdown on graduate interviews

What graduates will be asked at an interview.

Government Seanad minority after by-election could mean budget delays

Government Seanad minority after by-election could mean budget delays

The government is facing a tougher challenge to pass the budget's social welfare measures following the election of Gerard Craughwell to the Seanad.

Murphy set to take Dáil seat

Murphy set to take Dáil seat

Anti-Austerity Alliance candidate Paul Murphy is on course to win the Dublin South-West by-election in a ballot dominated by voter anger over water charges.

HSE to publish detailed waiting list information in wake of rigging scandal

HSE to publish detailed waiting list information in wake of rigging scandal

The health service will publish more detailed information about patient waiting lists by the end of this year.

Budget briefing: what to expect

Budget briefing: what to expect

The much more favourable economic winds mean that the budget negotiations concluded remarkably quickly compared to previous budgets.

Clear water between anti-charge campaigners and coalition parties

Clear water between anti-charge campaigners and coalition parties

The electorate have used the Dáil by-elections to send a clear message to the government and the two main opposition parties

Varadkar to publish detailed HSE waiting list info

Varadkar to publish detailed HSE waiting list info

UPDATE: The HSE is set to dramatically improve the level of transparency about patient waiting lists, Health Minister Leo Varadkar has said.

Working group proposes cuts to senior librarian posts

Working group proposes cuts to senior librarian posts

The number of county librarians is set to be reduced under new plans to lower the cost of local government.

Looking to avoid your water charges? Just tick the sick' box

Looking to avoid your water charges? Just tick the sick' box

Government fears abuse of Irish Water's honesty-based system for capping water charges for people with medical conditions