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.

Varadkar eyeing up road charge on foreign trucks

Varadkar eyeing up road charge on foreign trucks

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar is considering a new road charge on foreign trucks in response to the forthcoming cross-border tolls on Irish lorries.

Government fears tax threat from Scottish independence

Government fears tax threat from Scottish independence

The government fears that a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum could pose a threat to Ireland's low corporation tax rate.

Bitter rivalries in the Euro carve up

Bitter rivalries in the Euro carve up

The huge geographical spread of the new electoral constituencies is putting increased strain on those eager for a seat in Europe, writes Michael Brennan.

Varadkar backed ombudsman penalty points probe months ago

Varadkar backed ombudsman penalty points probe months ago

Transport minister Leo Varadkar has said that he called for the penalty points controversy to be investigated by the Garda Ombudsman six months ago.

The muddled course of Irish water charges

The muddled course of Irish water charges

Fine Gael has been enthusiastic about a new water board, but it remains to be seen if it can implement it successfully, writes Michael Brennan.

US-style roadside drug testing to be enforced

US-style roadside drug testing to be enforced

Gardai­ are finally to be given the powers to carry out US-style roadside tests for drugs. These tests include asking motorists to walk in a straight line, to touch their nose, and to stand on one leg.

Hayes warns against new ‘cottage industry’ for lawyers

Hayes warns against new ‘cottage industry’ for lawyers

Minister of State Brian Hayes has warned that some lawyers see a new law to help building sub-contractors get paid as a lucrative cottage industry'.

Genealogy records spanning 100 years to go online

Genealogy records spanning 100 years to go online

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton is planning to change the law to allow births, deaths and marriage records dating back 100 years to be put online.

2,000 complaints over installation of water meters

2,000 complaints over installation of water meters

Around 2,000 homeowners have complained about the installation of water meters since the nationwide rollout began last year.

Welfare inspectors checking if widows are alone

Welfare inspectors checking if widows are alone

In the first ever crackdown of its kind, social welfare inspectors have carried out home visits on widows to check if they have remarried.

State introduces new powers to hit disruptive councillors in the pocket

State introduces new powers to hit disruptive councillors in the pocket

Councillors will have their salaries and expenses cut off completely for six months if they keep engaging in disruptive behaviour at meetings.

Councillors seek laptops from state to help them cope with voter emails

Councillors seek laptops from state to help them cope with voter emails

Councillors are seeking to get laptops to help them cope with a surge in voter emails after the axing of town councillors.

Rebel yell

Rebel yell

The Reform Alliance made its public debut yesterday before an impressive turnout at the RDS in Dublin, writes Michael Brennan.

Health cuts of Euro 619m to be scrutinised in Dail this week

Health cuts of Euro 619m to be scrutinised in Dail this week

Minister for Health Dr James Reilly is facing a difficult week as the attention focuses back on the Euro 619 million in health cuts.

White to pursue ban on alcohol sponsorship in sport

White to pursue ban on alcohol sponsorship in sport

Concerns expressed on effect of alcohol sponsorship ban on efforts to host 2023 Rugby World Cup.