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.

Irish Water paid consultants €600 per day

Irish Water paid consultants €600 per day

Costs justified on grounds that objectives and security do not come cheaply'

‘Bat lights’ bring cost of cycling greenway to €1.9m

‘Bat lights’ bring cost of cycling greenway to €1.9m

The need to put in special ‘bat lights’ pushed up the price of one of the country’s newest cycling greenways to €1.9 million.

There's no advantage in spending billions just because you've spent €120 million

There's no advantage in spending billions just because you've spent €120 million

Gerry Murphy. head of the National Transport Authority, is not fully committed to the Metro North line

Irish Water swims against the tide

Irish Water swims against the tide

Irish Water's proposed running costs are more than double those of English water companies, writes Michael Brennan.

Huge cost puts paid to home energy scheme

Huge cost puts paid to home energy scheme

A state scheme to upgrade the energy efficiency of 1.6 million homes has been shelved due to the €35 billion cost.

CIF wants Vat cut to boost housing supply

CIF wants Vat cut to boost housing supply

Builders are lobbying for a Vat cut in the budget to boost the supply of new homes after getting legal advice that it is possible under EU law.

Running costs at Irish Water are twice UK levels

Running costs at Irish Water are twice UK levels

Irish Water’s projected running costs of €1.9 billion over the next two years are more than twice the average costs of water companies in England and Wales.

34,000 on dole have never worked

34,000 on dole have never worked

Minimum wage and the high cost of childcare mean that some families are better off on the dole'

Michael Brennan: The government is telling people what they want to hear in the run-up to the budget, while carefully keeping the actual details under wraps

Michael Brennan: The government is telling people what they want to hear in the run-up to the budget, while carefully keeping the actual details under wraps

The government is telling people what they want to hear.

Achillhenge draws tourists while it awaits demolition

Achillhenge draws tourists while it awaits demolition

Council pursues developer to demolish eyesore

Hogan facing a scrap for key EU agriculture post

Hogan facing a scrap for key EU agriculture post

Former minister Phil Hogan is facing competition for the key EU post of Agriculture Commissioner after Romania renominated its current commissioner for the role.

Irish Water consumption research 'may be biased'

Irish Water consumption research 'may be biased'

An expert has warned that the research used by Irish Water to justify the reduction in the size of the free water allowance for children 'may be biased'.

Limescale on tap? Drink up, says CER - it's good for your heart

Limescale on tap? Drink up, says CER - it's good for your heart

Consumers living in hard water areas have been told they will not quality for a discount on their water charges, because the presence of high levels of limescale is good news.

€108,000: the average pay for Irish Water HQ staff

€108,000: the average pay for Irish Water HQ staff

Irish Water has sought an increased pay budget of Euro 10.4 million for its 96 head office staff, amounting to an average salary of €108,000 each.

Ahern expresses concern about independent Garda body

Ahern expresses concern about independent Garda body

Former Justice Minister Dermot Ahern has warned that an independent Garda authority could not be trusted to deal with confidential information about terrorist