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.

Council website gets over 3,000 tip-offs about empty homes

Council website gets over 3,000 tip-offs about empty homes

The VacantHomes.ie website was launched two years ago on behalf of the country’s 31 councils to try to identify homes that could be used to tackle the housing shortage

Barnier expected to stay on as chief EU Brexit negotiator

Barnier expected to stay on as chief EU Brexit negotiator

Varadkar will be happy to keep a key ally in Europe who is close to the new EU Commission president

Donohoe’s dilemmas: 10 big decisions for Budget 2020

Donohoe’s dilemmas: 10 big decisions for Budget 2020

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe is set to play the ‘Brexit card’ when his colleagues come looking for more money. In some contentious areas, though, the pressure to spend may prove impossible to resist

The marathon housing crisis

The marathon housing crisis

The housing crisis is now five years old – and it is the single biggest threat to the economy with the exception of Brexit

Portraits in Power: Leo Varadkar

Portraits in Power: Leo Varadkar

He ascended to the top job aged just 38. Since then, three issues have hung heavy over Leo Varadkar’s time as taoiseach: Brexit, healthcare and housing, writes Michael Brennan

Time, Boris: preparing for the worst may be the only option

Time, Boris: preparing for the worst may be the only option

Following Boris Johnson’s appointment, the Irish government and businesses are battening down the hatches for the messiest, hardest Brexit possible

‘Ghost MEP’ Clune is in the money

‘Ghost MEP’ Clune is in the money

Fine Gael MEP Deirdre Clune has said she is better off than fellow ‘ghost MEP’ Barry Andrews because she is getting paid her full salary for now

FF warns FG it must cut social housing red tape before budget

FF warns FG it must cut social housing red tape before budget

Last year, Fianna Fáil secured agreement in the budget negotiations to reduce the number of approval stages for social housing projects worth €2 million to €6 million

Trolls target medicinal cannabis mum

Trolls target medicinal cannabis mum

Campaigner won legalisation battle

Bloated Irish Water ordered to cut costs by €100 million

Bloated Irish Water ordered to cut costs by €100 million

Running budget ‘significantly higher’ than British counterparts

State shells out twice original asking price for €24m school site

State shells out twice original asking price for €24m school site

The college was acquired to help deliver a new secondary school for 1,000 pupils in the area

Ministers saved by the Brexit bell

Ministers saved by the Brexit bell

Varadkar's decision not to carry out a cabinet reshuffle ahead of October's Brexit departure date has caused frustration for ministers hoping for a promotion

A week in the march towards Brexit

A week in the march towards Brexit

Ireland’s Brexit point man retires, the government clings to its belief in the backstop, and Johnson and Foster have what could be their last supper

Ban on using smartphones in cars is mooted

Ban on using smartphones in cars is mooted

Assistant Commissioner for Roads Policing David Sheahan said the number of drivers watching videos and accessing social media on their phones was an increasing problem

Planning rules to tighten for one-off rural housing needs

Planning rules to tighten for one-off rural housing needs

The regional guidelines are intended to boost new housing development in key towns and cities and discourage one-off housing and urban sprawl