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.

Six times the money in ‘sick cert’ fees to GPs

Six times the money in ‘sick cert’ fees to GPs

Higher numbers are a result of change to new scan-ready certs

Working group to examine BER rental sector retrofitting dilemma

Working group to examine BER rental sector retrofitting dilemma

The government is looking to solve the ‘split incentive’ dilemma that is discouraging landlor...

Profile Paul Reid: HSE, heal thyself

Profile Paul Reid: HSE, heal thyself

Factfile Name: Paul Reid Age: 55 Appearance: lean, affable Newsworthiness: has been appointed as ...

Government loses patience with May over lack of clear Brexit plan

Government loses patience with May over lack of clear Brexit plan

The government is frustrated at the lack of a clear plan from British prime minister Theresa May ...

Donohoe fights Ross on property tax exemption for pensioners

Donohoe fights Ross on property tax exemption for pensioners

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has signalled his opposition to Minister for Transport Shane...

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