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.

Is Europe a bridge too far for Peter Casey?

Is Europe a bridge too far for Peter Casey?

On the campaign trail in Athlone, the former presidential hopeful’s platform is centred around closing Ireland to immigrants – even from other EU states – after Brexit

Hobson’s choice in rollout battle

Hobson’s choice in rollout battle

The debate will continue to rage about costs and contracts, but the government could not deny internet access to 1.1 million people for much longer – and there was only one option left

Clash of the civil servants lays bare an urban-rural split

Clash of the civil servants lays bare an urban-rural split

In simple terms, the broadband contract has witnessed a battle between an urban-born civil servan...

More than 100 child abductions investigated in last four years

More than 100 child abductions investigated in last four years

Gardaí have investigated more than 100 child abductions over the last four years, according to n...

Just one business got heat pump grant under scheme with €300m in funding

Just one business got heat pump grant under scheme with €300m in funding

Just one business has got a grant to reduce its carbon emissions under a new €300 million gover...

Private firms set to get broadband contracts for thousands of homes

Private firms set to get broadband contracts for thousands of homes

Officials have warned of a danger that 'encroachment' by commercial operators like Eir and Imagine could reduce the properties available for connection under the National Broadband Plan

State prepares to give support for workers hit by Brexit fallout

State prepares to give support for workers hit by Brexit fallout

There is a Brexit liaison group making plans to deal with tens of thousands of people at risk of losing their jobs in sectors linked closely to the British market

Alarm as Department of Finance hikes corporation tax forecast by €500m

Alarm as Department of Finance hikes corporation tax forecast by €500m

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath said the move highlighted the overdependence on corporate tax receipts

Ó Cuív kicks up stink over lack of sewage treatment on island

Ó Cuív kicks up stink over lack of sewage treatment on island

There are around 760 people living on Inis Mór, the largest of the three Aran Islands off the coast of Galway, but the population increases significantly during the tourist season

Naughten says €3bn broadband plan is justified ahead of cabinet sign-off

Naughten says €3bn broadband plan is justified ahead of cabinet sign-off

It is very likely that current Minister for Communications Richard Bruton will bring a memo to cabinet on Tuesday seeking approval to sign the broadband contract with the sole remaining bidder

Retirement age will be linked to life expectancy

Retirement age will be linked to life expectancy

The government is planning to save €1 billion per year on old age pension payments by getting w...

Government ‘got it wrong’ as stamp duty tax hike misses its target by €90 million

Government ‘got it wrong’ as stamp duty tax hike misses its target by €90 million

The government has been accused of repeating the mistakes of the past after its stamp duty tax hi...

Team Varadkar gets Brexit bounce, but FF languishes ten points behind

Team Varadkar gets Brexit bounce, but FF languishes ten points behind

Climate change has become an issue on the doorsteps in the local elections, while independents look set to poll strongly

Thousands of businesses face higher water charges under new charge system

Thousands of businesses face higher water charges under new charge system

Irish Water is to put businesses into four different categories, ranging from small office users to large users like Intel. It will replace the current system where there are more than 500 different tariffs in place

FF wants €13m Tuam cash diverted to homeless children

FF wants €13m Tuam cash diverted to homeless children

Fianna Fáil children’s spokeswoman Anne Rabbitte said the estimated €13 million cost of excavating the Tuam site could not be justified when the money could be spent helping the children of today