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.

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

Minister sees no issue with O’Brien firm involvement in broadband bid

Minister sees no issue with O’Brien firm involvement in broadband bid

Supplying broadband to rural Ireland is priority says Ring, who invites others to enter the fray

Tax cuts worth €300m for lower and middle incomes expected in budget

Tax cuts worth €300m for lower and middle incomes expected in budget

Brexit fears mean less of a boost to pay packets than last year; USC cuts to be aimed at people earning under €70,000

I’m not pretending that everything is great in rural Ireland. That’s why we set up this department

I’m not pretending that everything is great in rural Ireland. That’s why we set up this department

Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring has the job of breathing life into rural Ireland at a time when many who live there think it is dying

Eoghan Murphy survives – and the housing crisis continues

Eoghan Murphy survives – and the housing crisis continues

Eoghan Murphy is safe for another six months at least, but all eyes will be on Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe to see if he can deliver a ‘housing budget’

Donohoe has no budget cash ‘hidden behind the radiator’

Donohoe has no budget cash ‘hidden behind the radiator’

The minister could raise betting tax, carbon tax and the hospitality Vat rate, and is likely to move a little towards equalising teachers’ pay and alleviating the plight of members of the Defence Forces. But he is ‘determined not to cock up on the public finances’

EU, not May, is dictating terms of Brexit deal

EU, not May, is dictating terms of Brexit deal

The rebuff in Salzburg may be a sting to its pride, but a hard exit would be disastrous for Britain - and us too

Referendum next May to give presidential vote to citizens in the North

Referendum next May to give presidential vote to citizens in the North

The Amendment of the Constitution (Extending the Franchise at Presidential Elections) Bill will also provide for 1.7 million Irish citizens living in all other countries around the world to vote in the next presidential election in 2025

One-fifth of pensioners see earnings boost in their retirement

One-fifth of pensioners see earnings boost in their retirement

The Economic and Social Research Institute investigated the difference between wages and pension income by accessing a long-running Trinity College Tilda study into 8,500 people aged 50 and over.

Profile of Martin Selmayr: Europe’s enforcer

Profile of Martin Selmayr: Europe’s enforcer

The German-born lawyer has attracted a variety of nicknames during his rapid rise to power. The Monster of Brussels. The Dark Prince. Rasputin. Darth Vader. He has also become a favourite bogeyman of Britain’s Eurosceptic right-wing press

Third-level funding row rumbles on

Third-level funding row rumbles on

Education Minister Richard Bruton has said he will not make any decision on long-term third-level funding until he gets the Oireachtas Education Committee’s cross-party report

No joy for FF as FG stay strong at the top

No joy for FF as FG stay strong at the top

Playing the Fine Gael leader as ‘all spin and no strategy’ isn’t working for FF, while independents are up at 13 per cent and Sinn Féin down at 14 per cent

Ex-Revenue boss warns property tax could fail without reforms

Ex-Revenue boss warns property tax could fail without reforms

Former Revenue chair Josephine Feehily has warned that the current property tax could be abolishe...

Higgins on course for a landslide

Higgins on course for a landslide

Sunday Business Post/Red C poll finds Higgins receiving 67 per cent of first preferences, compared with closest rival Gallagher’s 15 per cent

Murphy under fire for affordable homes delay

Murphy under fire for affordable homes delay

It comes after he had sent letters to Fingal, South Dublin and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown councils to criticise them for not doing enough tackle the housing crisis.