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.

Ten years, €700m: the cost of taking private doctors out of public hospitals

Ten years, €700m: the cost of taking private doctors out of public hospitals

It has also emphasised the extra annual funding of €700 million that will be required by the HSE to compensate public hospitals for the loss of income from private work

Little solidarity in Murphy’s Socialist Party

Little solidarity in Murphy’s Socialist Party

Former members ‘had to work non-stop’

Fianna Fáil TDs secure pledge from Britain on co-owned Rosslare port

Fianna Fáil TDs secure pledge from Britain on co-owned Rosslare port

Rosslare port is part of the government’s Brexit plans, with a four-acre site purchased to provide additional facilities for trucks and customs clearance posts

Social housing builds in Cork far outstrip new private homes

Social housing builds in Cork far outstrip new private homes

The number of social homes built in Cork city outnumbered the number of new private homes by almost ten to one last year

The crash-out scenario: it’s time to discuss how much we have to lose

The crash-out scenario: it’s time to discuss how much we have to lose

The government seems reluctant to overstate the risks of a no-deal Brexit, but the dangers are all too real

EU’s Hogan lashes Irish firms for silence on Mercosur trade deal

EU’s Hogan lashes Irish firms for silence on Mercosur trade deal

Advocates say the agreement could double exports of Irish goods and services to Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay to €4 billion by 2030, but it has received strong criticism from farming groups

Varadkar signals an extension to first-time buyers’ grant

Varadkar signals an extension to first-time buyers’ grant

The Taoiseach has indicated that the first-time buyers’ grant will be saved in the budget. Leo ...

Legal challenge could cost HSE millions in late payment fees

Legal challenge could cost HSE millions in late payment fees

Homecare Medical Supplies, a Mayo-based medical supplies company, has taken legal action against the HSE seeking compensation for what it says is €800,000 owed in unpaid late payment compensation over the past six years

Fianna Fáil slams social media for comments about stricken Cowen

Fianna Fáil slams social media for comments about stricken Cowen

As a minister, Cowen developed a reputation as a solid operator who could be trusted to run a department

Mallon’s powerful memoir calls for dialogue around a united Ireland

Mallon’s powerful memoir calls for dialogue around a united Ireland

In a long career spent working for peace, this feels like a final testament from Seamus Mallon to the current generation of active politicians in the North

Concern over new national intelligence body’s legal clout

Concern over new national intelligence body’s legal clout

The government has appointed a civil servant with no previous intelligence experience as its new national intelligence co-ordinator

Government blames Brexit for backlog of bills

Government blames Brexit for backlog of bills

The government has blamed Brexit for the fact that three quarters of its promised bills have not ...

Humphreys, the IFA and the Battle of Kildare St

Humphreys, the IFA and the Battle of Kildare St

The Mercosur trade deal, which would allow an extra 99,000 tons of beef from South America into the EU each year, is a cause of escalating tension between the Department of Business and the farmers’ organisation

Farmers will have a big beef with Fine Gael after Mercosur deal

Farmers will have a big beef with Fine Gael after Mercosur deal

There is real anger among farmers about being exposed to competition from cheaper Brazilian beef, which does not face the same level of checks and veterinary standards

Revenue to move on coal smugglers before tax hike increase

Revenue to move on coal smugglers before tax hike increase

Carbon tax is expected to be raised in budget as state works with councils to tackle smuggling