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.

Taoiseach promises rural broadband to 25 per cent ‘left behind’

Taoiseach promises rural broadband to 25 per cent ‘left behind’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has vowed to deliver rural broadband to the 25 per cent of the population ...

No-deal Brexit will prevent extraditions and arrests

No-deal Brexit will prevent extraditions and arrests

Gardaí will be unable to extradite or arrest up to 100 suspected criminals per year in the event...

Iarnród Éireann in talks over new eco-friendly rail freight contracts

Iarnród Éireann in talks over new eco-friendly rail freight contracts

Iarnród Éireann is in discussions about two major rail freight contracts which could reduce cli...

Lessons from the Strokestown eviction

Lessons from the Strokestown eviction

The fact that this eviction took place in Strokestown makes it an even more emotive case. It was here that Major Denis Mahon tried to get rid of almost 1,000 impoverished tenants

Phelan’s plans shelved for boundary dispute resolution between Waterford and Kilkenny

Phelan’s plans shelved for boundary dispute resolution between Waterford and Kilkenny

Minister of State John Paul Phelan has been forced to postpone his new plan for resolving town bo...

EU workers get €6,400 for non-resident families

EU workers get €6,400 for non-resident families

Around 600 EU workers are each getting over €6,000 per year in ‘working family payments’ ev...

Minister considers mass export of live bull calves to Kazakhstan

Minister considers mass export of live bull calves to Kazakhstan

Michael Creed, the Minister for Agriculture, has raised the prospect of shipping Irish calves to Kazakhstan to tackle the oversupply in the sector.

The EU’s not for turning

The EU’s not for turning

Theresa May is faced with a Europe unwilling to budge on the backstop, the necessity for which is an ironic consequence of Britain’s decision to partition Ireland in 1921

Commissioner tells gardaí to get on the beat at Christmas

Commissioner tells gardaí to get on the beat at Christmas

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has told desk-bound gardaí to get onto the streets for Christmas....

Zappone still in dark after €133m of childcare grants are doled out

Zappone still in dark after €133m of childcare grants are doled out

It has emerged that Minister for Children Katherine Zappone does not know how many state-funded c...

Fianna Fáil calls for emergency phone data legislation as killer Dwyer launches appeal

Fianna Fáil calls for emergency phone data legislation as killer Dwyer launches appeal

Fianna Fáil has called for emergency legislation to be brought in after the Graham Dwyer case ru...

Property tax overhaul delayed by Ross’s demand to exempt pensioners

Property tax overhaul delayed by Ross’s demand to exempt pensioners

‘Small decreases’ for some home owners under new regime

A Brexit backstop fudge is on the cards

A Brexit backstop fudge is on the cards

The challenge now is to tweak the withdrawal deal in some way that makes it more palatable to MPs while leaving the backstop in place

Local firms complain of rates increases to ‘plug gap for councils’

Local firms complain of rates increases to ‘plug gap for councils’

Commercial rates were largely frozen during the recession in recognition of the fact that many businesses were struggling to survive, but at least six councils have voted to increase their commercial rates for businesses next year

HSE gave contract to former manager’s company without going to public tender

HSE gave contract to former manager’s company without going to public tender

The HSE confirmed that it had not contacted its national procurement unit to advertise on the contract to provide day services in Drogheda and Dundalk for people with disabilities