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.

Housing Agency warns: don't buy a house for two years

Housing Agency warns: don't buy a house for two years

A government-backed housing agency has warned house hunters not to ''make fools of themselves by paying too much for a house in the capital.

McNulty questions remain for Kenny as Fine Gael dissent increases

McNulty questions remain for Kenny as Fine Gael dissent increases

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is set to face further questions in the Dáil this week about Donegal businessman John McNulty.

Fitzgerald rows back on lowering age of consent

Fitzgerald rows back on lowering age of consent

Minister for Justice believes lowering the age of consent to 16 would encourage human traffickers engaged in prostitution.

At least 165,000 to be billed for contaminated drinking water

At least 165,000 to be billed for contaminated drinking water

At least 165,000 householders face charges this week for drinking water that contains excessive levels of dangerous chemicals.

Budgeting for every eventuality

Budgeting for every eventuality

As welcome as the strong economic numbers published last week are, they are an extra pressure on Michael Noonan as he prepares Budget 2015.

Nothing stirring as herbal teas escape a tax hike

Nothing stirring as herbal teas escape a tax hike

Herbal tea lovers have been given a boost ahead of the budget with a promise that they will be spared from higher tax rates on their tea.

Tax cuts to target low and high earners

Tax cuts to target low and high earners

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan is planning twin tax cuts in the budget to benefit both low paid and high paid workers.

Teachers ordered to report on parents of pupils

Teachers ordered to report on parents of pupils

Teachers have been ordered to reveal if the parents of their pupils are unemployed, have medical cards and whether they attend parent-teacher meetings.

Labour attempts to manage expectations ahead of Budget

Labour attempts to manage expectations ahead of Budget

Tanaiste Joan Burton has begun the process of managing expectations ahead of next month's Budget.

The Sunday Interview: Michael Donnellan

The Sunday Interview: Michael Donnellan

Michael Donnellan, director general of the Irish Prison Service, says Ireland's social policy needs an overhaul to help combat crime, writes Michael Brennan.

Love/Hate goes inside to show prison as it really is Prison Service chief Donnellan promises more openness

Love/Hate goes inside to show prison as it really is Prison Service chief Donnellan promises more openness

The head of the Irish Prison Service has said that he believes the next series of Love/Hate will give the public an ''insight into prison life.

Ban on corporate donations forces politicians to go local

Ban on corporate donations forces politicians to go local

Political parties will be allowed to hide corporate donations received at local golf classics and dinner dances.

The gambler who never showed his hand

The gambler who never showed his hand

Albert Reynolds’ softly-softly poker tactics mirrored the strategies that he deployed to build a lucrative business empire, writes Michael Brennan.

The abortion debate: FG deputies say that restrictive law has worked

The abortion debate: FG deputies say that restrictive law has worked

Despite the renewed controversy over abortion, few TDs have the appetite for another referendum, writes Michael Brennan.

Government nixes Revenue plan to hire more inspectors

Government nixes Revenue plan to hire more inspectors

The government has rejected a plan by the Revenue Commissioners to recover an extra €100 million per year from tax evaders.