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.

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

Higgins on homelessness, spending and pensions

Higgins on homelessness, spending and pensions

Incumbent President Michael D Higgins feels his long service in political and public life will be an advantage in his second bid for the Áras

Health is ‘gobbling up all the bloody money’

Health is ‘gobbling up all the bloody money’

The overspend in health is projected to be €700m, but at least the government has Fianna Fáil onside for the budget

State lost €2.8m in failed criminal tracking system

State lost €2.8m in failed criminal tracking system

The Gardaí hired an IT company to start work on getting access to Schengen Information System back in 2006 but the project was halted in 2008 due to the recession

President’s €100,000 extra spend on photography

President’s €100,000 extra spend on photography

Newly published presidential accounts show that the spend on training and development and incidental expenses at Áras an Uachtaráin went up to €391,000 last year

Vat hike to fund Donohoe’s ‘Brexit-proof’ Budget 2019

Vat hike to fund Donohoe’s ‘Brexit-proof’ Budget 2019

There will be a boost for the country’s 174,000 landlords who are going to see their tax relief on mortgage interest payments rise from 90 per cent to 100 per cent

Frustration for returning construction workers

Frustration for returning construction workers

More than 100,000 construction workers emigrated during the recession

Power line report to put pressure on FG Meath trio

Power line report to put pressure on FG Meath trio

The plan for a 140km North-South interconnector from Meath to Tyrone has provoked considerable opposition from local communities

No safe harbour for Minister Shane Ross

No safe harbour for Minister Shane Ross

The last thing the Minister for Transport would want is to be blamed for householders in Dun Laoghaire paying more property tax ahead of the next general election

Scheme will protect rural landowners from walker compensation claims

Scheme will protect rural landowners from walker compensation claims

Concern sparked by Wicklow case last year in which hiker awarded €40,000 after knee injury

Housing First could well be a quiet success

Housing First could well be a quiet success

An initiative aiming to help long-term rough sleepers which has worked wonders in other countries, is already showing huge promise