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.

The one uncontested truth about the Papal visit - it was a triumph of organisation

The one uncontested truth about the Papal visit - it was a triumph of organisation

The final crowd in the Phoenix Park may have been 200,000 rather than 500,000. But that does not take away from the gigantic logistical effort to prepare the site

A divided country, a weakened Church

A divided country, a weakened Church

The biggest crowd at any gathering in Europe this weekend will greet Pope Francis at the Phoenix Park today. But the scale of the event masks a deep ambivalence, and in some cases outright hostility, towards the Catholic Church in Irish society

Bishops set up a stand-alone company to handle logistics

Bishops set up a stand-alone company to handle logistics

It was led by Anne Griffin, an experienced conference organiser who previously worked on bringing the International Eucharistic Congress to Dublin in 2012. One of the biggest tasks was recruiting the 10,500 volunteers needed to run the operation

Archbishop suggested that Pope should visit Capuchin Day Centre

Archbishop suggested that Pope should visit Capuchin Day Centre

The Pope’s arrival at the centre yesterday to meet a group of around 80 men, women and children who regularly get hot meals there was another endorsement of its work

Incoming Garda Commissioner faces new criticism on vetting

Incoming Garda Commissioner faces new criticism on vetting

The appointment of the former PSNI deputy chief constable has aroused concerns due to the requirement in his previous role to work with the British intelligence service MI5

Charges axed for group water schemes

Charges axed for group water schemes

The government has funded the abolition of water charges to ensure that there is no difference between people on group water schemes and those on public water supplies

SMEs to be hit with larger PRSI bill due to minimum wage hike

SMEs to be hit with larger PRSI bill due to minimum wage hike

While businesses will have to pay these wage increases, they will also have to find the money to pay for a knock-on hike of around €480 in annual PRSI payments on their workers’ wages

Pope Francis hits out at 'betrayal of trust' by abusers

Pope Francis hits out at 'betrayal of trust' by abusers

There was a critical reaction to Pope Francis’s speech from abuse survivors, who had hoped that he would announce details of measures to crack down on Church figures who committed or facilitated sexual abuse against children

Pope: Abuse a source of pain and shame

Pope: Abuse a source of pain and shame

The Pope arrived into the same courtyard in Dublin Castle where recent celebrations were held after the Yes vote in the same sex marriage referendum and the repeal of the Eighth Amendment

‘Dementia villages’ needed to prevent ‘next housing crisis’

‘Dementia villages’ needed to prevent ‘next housing crisis’

Minister of State for Older People Jim Daly is seeking state funding for developers to build ‘d...

Report warns higher dole rates will keep families on register

Report warns higher dole rates will keep families on register

A government report has warned that increasing social welfare rates in the budget could make it m...

RSA to close loophole allowing 55,000 learner drivers to dodge test

RSA to close loophole allowing 55,000 learner drivers to dodge test

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is planning a crackdown on tens of thousands of long-term learner...

Review ordered of state’s ‘rent before buy’ policy after €92m spend on annual rent

Review ordered of state’s ‘rent before buy’ policy after €92m spend on annual rent

NTMA move exposes 'rent or buy' dilemma for state agencies

NTMA move exposes 'rent or buy' dilemma for state agencies

Members of the Dáil’s Public Accounts committee like Independent TD Catherine Connolly want to question the Office of Public Works about the a ‘rent rather than buy’ policy when it comes to new headquarters for state agencies and departments

GAA stars getting tax-free grants for role in health campaigns

GAA stars getting tax-free grants for role in health campaigns

Gaelic footballers and hurlers have agreed to be “role models” in dozens of government health...