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.

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

Fighting for justice

Fighting for justice

It's time for new Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to prepare for a scrap, write Michael Brennan and Pat Leahy.

Insurers will see penalty point details for first time

Insurers will see penalty point details for first time

Drivers who failed to disclose details of their penalty points when taking out motor insurance policies face premium hikes of up to 25 per cent by the end of this year.

Banking inquiry will examine salaries and bonuses

Banking inquiry will examine salaries and bonuses

The banking inquiry is set to examine whether the salaries and bonuses paid to bankers during the boom influenced their lending decisions.

Rural TDs vastly outdo Dublin TDs on medical card requests

Rural TDs vastly outdo Dublin TDs on medical card requests

Former Health Minister Dr James Reilly was the only Dublin TD in the “Top 50” TDs who phoned the HSE’s medical card unit over 90 times in the past six months.

Kelly moves to block council restrictions on wind farms

Kelly moves to block council restrictions on wind farms

Environment Minister Alan Kelly has overturned a council plan which would have effectively banned the building of any new wind farms in Roscommon.

Make or break for the PAC

Make or break for the PAC

Former Rehab boss Angela Kerins is seeking damages in court over what she claims was a witch hunt'

Rows cloud justice for ageing survivors

Rows cloud justice for ageing survivors

Divisions among the groups representing symphysiotomy victims are hindering the search for a resolution, writes Michael Brennan.

Politicians lobbied HSE 21,000 times on medical cards

Politicians lobbied HSE 21,000 times on medical cards

HSE bombarded by pleas from ministers and TDs in last six months. Reilly sought to influence officials while implementing card squeeze.

Politicians bombarded HSE over medical cards

Politicians bombarded HSE over medical cards

Despite changes to the processing system, the HSE is still subject to heavy lobbying on medical cards by some TDs and senators, writes Michael Brennan.

Call to give adopted children right to birth details

Call to give adopted children right to birth details

TD's reunion with long-lost sister spurs huge response