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.

Humphreys, the IFA and the Battle of Kildare St

Humphreys, the IFA and the Battle of Kildare St

The Mercosur trade deal, which would allow an extra 99,000 tons of beef from South America into the EU each year, is a cause of escalating tension between the Department of Business and the farmers’ organisation

Farmers will have a big beef with Fine Gael after Mercosur deal

Farmers will have a big beef with Fine Gael after Mercosur deal

There is real anger among farmers about being exposed to competition from cheaper Brazilian beef, which does not face the same level of checks and veterinary standards

Revenue to move on coal smugglers before tax hike increase

Revenue to move on coal smugglers before tax hike increase

Carbon tax is expected to be raised in budget as state works with councils to tackle smuggling

Will Reid manage to go where no HSE boss has gone before?

Will Reid manage to go where no HSE boss has gone before?

Director general Paul Reid’s mission is to end the era of broken budgets, but there is already pushback from within the health service

HSE forced to backtrack on delivery contract after complaints

HSE forced to backtrack on delivery contract after complaints

The health service changed to a different delivery provider over a year ago, but failed deliveries have caused distress and embarrassment to patients since then

From tea to gin: blueway investment is a tonic for village

From tea to gin: blueway investment is a tonic for village

Pascal Gillard and his wife Sinéad are tapping into a blueway-inspired boom in their Leitrim vil...

€10m Defence Forces pay deal set to spark new public pay demands

€10m Defence Forces pay deal set to spark new public pay demands

There will be increases in military allowances, which were cut during the recession and a return of scrapped pay measures

First-time buyers grant could be cut in wake of a crash-out Brexit

First-time buyers grant could be cut in wake of a crash-out Brexit

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar had promised the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) in a private meeting that there would be a strong signal sent about the grant in the summer economic statement

Taoiseach clashes with IBRC Commission over inquiry costs

Taoiseach clashes with IBRC Commission over inquiry costs

There is dismay across the political divide about how long it is taking the commission to complete its investigation into the decision by the former Anglo Irish Bank to sell Siteserv to businessman Denis O’Brien

TDs feud over 'too many' planning objections

TDs feud over 'too many' planning objections

Cork South West TD Michael Collins has defended his record after being accused of 'objecting to everything' by Minister for Rural Affairs Michael Ring

Data centre giants will be hit hardest by electricity tax hike

Data centre giants will be hit hardest by electricity tax hike

The proposal in the climate action plan to double the electricity tax from 50 cent per megawatt hour to €1 is due to bring in around €4.5 million extra per year

‘Green wave’ was evident on social media long before Euro vote, new study shows

‘Green wave’ was evident on social media long before Euro vote, new study shows

A new social media study has found that the so-called ‘Green wave’ was visible on Facebook, I...

FF’s Calleary braces supporters for FG attacks after local elections wins

FF’s Calleary braces supporters for FG attacks after local elections wins

Deputy leader says he wants to motivate the party faithful by raising the Fine Gael threat and keeping the opposition ‘on their toes’

Rainbow wave sees record numbers of gay councillors get elected

Rainbow wave sees record numbers of gay councillors get elected

The number of openly gay councillors has reached record levels after the election of Leo Varadkar...

Interest groups get to work picking off bits of cabinet’s climate action plan

Interest groups get to work picking off bits of cabinet’s climate action plan

It may be a problem for all. But there are fears of a ‘them and us’ divide as the lobbying begins against measures that will affect different groups