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.

Black marks for exams body

Black marks for exams body

The State Examinations Commission has recently faced two legal actions: one by a student whose marks were wrongly added up, and another by an Irish company that lost out to an English firm for the contract to mark papers online

Nobody’s talking about it, but after Brexit we’ll have to pay more to the EU

Nobody’s talking about it, but after Brexit we’ll have to pay more to the EU

Britain’s departure will leave a €11 billion hole in the EU’s annual budget

‘Fast-track’ planning for housing schemes taking seven months

‘Fast-track’ planning for housing schemes taking seven months

New documents provided by An Bord Pleanála show that it is taking an average of around 30 weeks per large development, from the first consultation to the final decision

Will Labour Court split the difference in construction pay row?

Will Labour Court split the difference in construction pay row?

Construction sector workers have lodged a claim for a 12 per cent pay rise over three years. Given that labour costs account for 40 per cent of the price of building a house, that is likely to reduce the output from the state’s social house building programme

Ross’s pet project is tied up as Seanad legal eagles stymie bill

Ross’s pet project is tied up as Seanad legal eagles stymie bill

Eight months, 63 amendments and 75 hours of Seanad time later, the judicial appointments bill is still going nowhere

Brexit this week: situation normal, all fouled up

Brexit this week: situation normal, all fouled up

As Varadkar learns to expect the unexpected from Theresa May and individuals across Britain scramble to get their Irish passport applications in, closer to home a skirmish involving Northern mussel fishermen may be only a bitter taste of what is to come

Leading English socialist says ‘Irish comrades’ have strayed from working class roots

Leading English socialist says ‘Irish comrades’ have strayed from working class roots

Peter Taaffe says focus has switched to women’s and gay rights as unions are abandoned

Pressure mounting as construction workers lodge 12 per cent pay claim

Pressure mounting as construction workers lodge 12 per cent pay claim

Pay claim will add to National Children’s Hospital costs. Construction Industry Federation to oppose demand

Brexit business emergency fund is increased from €20m to €200m

Brexit business emergency fund is increased from €20m to €200m

Fund to be loaned out to firms that experience cash difficulties in the event of a hard Brexit

Plan to ban challenges to planning by non-locals

Plan to ban challenges to planning by non-locals

Overhaul of planning laws will also reduce time window in which reviews can be requested

'Don't worry, Rodney. This time next year, we'll be millionaires.': Why Theresa May has been sounding like Del Boy

'Don't worry, Rodney. This time next year, we'll be millionaires.': Why Theresa May has been sounding like Del Boy

Speaking in Egypt, May breezily declared that there was no need to seek an extension of time to Britain’s exit from the EU on March 29 because 'we have it within our grasp' to do a deal by then

‘Politics of division’ paying off for SF

‘Politics of division’ paying off for SF

Sinn Féin’s spirited attacks on Fine Gael over the government’s assorted health scandals have seen it rise to 18 per cent, its best Red C poll result in two years

Brexit: preparing for the new normal - and possible disaster too

Brexit: preparing for the new normal - and possible disaster too

The consequences of Britain’s departure from the EU are so huge and far-reaching that Leo Varadkar’s government has had to draw up a massive bill to make sure everything keeps working

Minister overturns planning decisions for four sites in Tuam

Minister overturns planning decisions for four sites in Tuam

Minister of State for Planning Damien English told local councillors they had ignored a warning from him about the rezonings in September last year

Donohoe to review start-up founder tax break

Donohoe to review start-up founder tax break

There is a reduced tax rate of 10 per cent for entrepreneurs who make gains of up to €1 million on selling business assets, rather than the standard rate of 33 per cent