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.

Fianna Fáil emerges as main winner in post-budget poll

Fianna Fáil emerges as main winner in post-budget poll

Confidence-and-supply partners FF gain 3 points to reach 25 per cent - but Fine Gael is still in pole position, and most people questioned do not anticipate a pre-Christmas election

McHugh promises to spare teachers ‘initiative fatigue’

McHugh promises to spare teachers ‘initiative fatigue’

The new Minister for Education intends to shift his approach away from that of his predecessor Richard Bruton

Affordable house recipients’ names to be kept private

Affordable house recipients’ names to be kept private

The names of people who are given affordable houses under the new €300 million scheme are to be...

Clock ticking on Brexit, but Coveney holds his nerve

Clock ticking on Brexit, but Coveney holds his nerve

The moment of truth is creeping ever nearer with still no solution in sight, but the Tánaiste remains optimistic of a deal being reached

Presidential poll: Higgins miles ahead at 68 per cent

Presidential poll: Higgins miles ahead at 68 per cent

President Michael D Higgins is on course for a clear victory in Friday’s presidential election,...

Red C poll: Budget bounce for Fianna Fáil while government emerges unscathed from Naughten resignation

Red C poll: Budget bounce for Fianna Fáil while government emerges unscathed from Naughten resignation

Fianna Fáil has seen its support rise in the wake of the third budget under the confidence and supply deal, according to the latest Sunday Business Post/Red C poll.

Employers to get access to banned drivers database

Employers to get access to banned drivers database

More than 8,000 of the 9,500 drivers disqualified last year failed to surrender their licences

Donohoe’s plan to haul in HSE bosses to halt health budget overruns

Donohoe’s plan to haul in HSE bosses to halt health budget overruns

In an interview with The Sunday Business Post, Donohoe revealed that he had a new plan to prevent the HSE’s €700 million budget overspend this year becoming 'normalised'

Rivals unite to attack Higgins on Áras spending

Rivals unite to attack Higgins on Áras spending

President warns against a return to ‘landlordism’ and the notion that only the rich can contest the presidency

Behind the scenes with Paschal Donohoe

Behind the scenes with Paschal Donohoe

The budgetary plans I’ve laid out are capable of withstanding many of the different Brexit challenges, says the finance minister

Twice the price to set out Ireland’s stall at Dubai Expo

Twice the price to set out Ireland’s stall at Dubai Expo

The cost of the exhibition at Expo 2020 is likely to raise eyebrows, because it is more than double the €1.7 million spent on the last international expo in Milan in 2015 – and it will have to be dismantled afterwards

Communities to raise €9,000 for refugee families

Communities to raise €9,000 for refugee families

Government has given a commitment to house 4,000 refugees

A budget with little drama – but enough to keep the ‘new politics’ show on the road for a while yet

A budget with little drama – but enough to keep the ‘new politics’ show on the road for a while yet

One senior Fianna Fáil source said it would be a ‘yawnfest’, while opposition backbenchers afterwards described it as a ‘non-event’

Budget 2019 won’t be causing any street protests

Budget 2019 won’t be causing any street protests

In terms of its vote-getting ability, the tax cuts are relatively modest and unlikely to sway the electorate one way or another

Can Donohoe 'de-dramatise' the budget?

Can Donohoe 'de-dramatise' the budget?

Many of the key budget decisions have already been revealed, but the big test is the use the government will make of the €1 billion corporation tax windfall