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.

Merkel  thinks we're working: Why her visit to Ireland matters

Merkel thinks we're working: Why her visit to Ireland matters

Merkel’s visit here is a significant moment because, despite being in the twilight of her political career, she retains enormous influence at the top of the EU

FG’s hardcore stays loyal despite homelessness and health scandals

FG’s hardcore stays loyal despite homelessness and health scandals

Despite its unimpressive response to the crises in both sectors, Fine Gael is still able to count on the support of roughly three in ten voters

Pub owners push to raise earnings cap for students

Pub owners push to raise earnings cap for students

Publicans have reported that they are seeing a “marked reluctance” by students to work beyond a given number of hours in case they lose some or all of their student maintenance grants of up to €3,025 per year

McGrath: I voted against Ross’s airport noise bill ‘by accident’

McGrath: I voted against Ross’s airport noise bill ‘by accident’

Independent Alliance minister Finian McGrath has said that he voted against his colleague Shane R...

‘Both sides of story are wrong and are damaging insurance’

‘Both sides of story are wrong and are damaging insurance’

Legislation to tackle ‘compo culture’ will be joined by new Garda structure to tackle fraudulent claims

Insurance firms are ‘screwing’ businesses, says hotel manager

Insurance firms are ‘screwing’ businesses, says hotel manager

Clonakilty Park Hotel general manager David Henry said the hiking of its insurance premium from €62,000 last year to a proposed premium of €108,000 this year was totally unjustified

Thumbs down for FG on housing and health crises in latest poll

Thumbs down for FG on housing and health crises in latest poll

The report card on the minority government, which is now approaching its third year in office, shows widespread voter dissatisfaction in key areas

Revenue will spend €15m this year on Brexit staff

Revenue will spend €15m this year on Brexit staff

It has hired 400 staff, most of whom are customs officers who are being assigned to work in airports and ports to check exports and imports to Britain

Insurance companies will be forced to reveal settlement payouts

Insurance companies will be forced to reveal settlement payouts

New legislation will compel insurance firms to disclose claims, claim amounts, and reasons for settlement to combat spiralling premiums

Sinn Féin support plummets in latest Sunday Business Post/Red C poll

Sinn Féin support plummets in latest Sunday Business Post/Red C poll

The party had risen by five points to 18 per cent in last month’s poll after sustained media coverage of its motion of no confidence in Minister for Health Simon Harris

HSE brings in more staff to deal with delivery woes

HSE brings in more staff to deal with delivery woes

The HSE did not reveal how long people had been left waiting for the delivery of their incontinence pads

Growing opposition to carbon tax shows the difficulty of preventing an "Uninhabitable Earth"

Growing opposition to carbon tax shows the difficulty of preventing an "Uninhabitable Earth"

A carbon tax in the next budget is going to be a political challenge as Varadkar is met with opposition from Sinn Féin, People Before Profit and the Irish Farmers’ Association

Bated breath on Brexit for the Irish in Britain

Bated breath on Brexit for the Irish in Britain

Britain’s exit from the European Union has the potential to create problems for the country’s huge Irish community on a scale not witnessed since the bad old days of IRA bombings

Gangs target retailers in insurance-claim ‘shoplifting’ scam

Gangs target retailers in insurance-claim ‘shoplifting’ scam

Shopkeepers have been warned about a new insurance scam whereby gangs goad them into making an ac...

Irish-British relations ‘reach hunger-strike low’

Irish-British relations ‘reach hunger-strike low’

A new study has warned that relations between the Irish and British governments have not been as ...