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.

Government rejected advice to make Airbnb enforce rental rules

Government rejected advice to make Airbnb enforce rental rules

A group of public servants had devised a strict system to enforce new rules designed to free up housing for the rental market in the midst of the housing crisis

New letting rules are likely to achieve little

New letting rules are likely to achieve little

Why did the government turn down a common-sense enforcement system for short-term letting and replace it with an inferior one?

Dooley's Brexit tweet hands Fine Gael an open goal

Dooley's Brexit tweet hands Fine Gael an open goal

Within the hour, Micheál Martin had issued a tweet of his own to ward off any fears that Fianna Fáil had swapped the Brexit green jersey for the 'Three Lions' shirt

Government plan to redirect more R&D tax credits to SMEs

Government plan to redirect more R&D tax credits to SMEs

It comes amid continuing concerns about the growing gap between domestic businesses and multinational companies based here

Varadkar: ‘Some people become more conservative as they grow older. I became more liberal’

Varadkar: ‘Some people become more conservative as they grow older. I became more liberal’

Brexit was the dominant issue when Leo Varadkar appeared at the MacGill Summer School in Donegal last week, but even debate around the crises in housing and health failed to ruin the easygoing atmosphere at the public interview

Bailey still has the whip, but the TD could  face more fallout from swing injury claim

Bailey still has the whip, but the TD could face more fallout from swing injury claim

Fine Gael ministers believe that the political future of TD Maria Bailey is still in doubt even t...

Carbon footprint test coming for new housing developments

Carbon footprint test coming for new housing developments

The move could make it more difficult to build homes in commuter towns located far away from major cities

Lack of security vetting leaves firms ineligible for EU work

Lack of security vetting leaves firms ineligible for EU work

Irish companies are being denied the chance to win valuable EU contracts due to lack of security clearance

Government spent €58 million on external consultants in five years

Government spent €58 million on external consultants in five years

Deloitte received €34.2 million, KPMG was paid €12 million: Top civil servant Robert Watt calls for less outsourcing

Councillors now given power to cut commercial rates

Councillors now given power to cut commercial rates

The aim is to target certain town centre shopping streets which are suffering due to high vacancy rates, the growth of online shopping and the availability of out-of-town shopping centres with free parking

Fine Gael hope sanctioning of Bailey will bring an end to sorry saga of 'Swing-gate'

Fine Gael hope sanctioning of Bailey will bring an end to sorry saga of 'Swing-gate'

Leo Varadkar said he had not taken the party whip off Maria Bailey because of the 'devastating effect' this saga has had on her and her family in particular

Crackdown on firms that falsely designate staff as self-employed

Crackdown on firms that falsely designate staff as self-employed

It is understood that Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty believes the current regime does not provide enough of a deterrent

Judiciary urged to produce personal injury guidelines

Judiciary urged to produce personal injury guidelines

The Minister of State for Finance Michael D’Arcy has called on judges to use their new powers to set personal injury guidelines by the end of the year

Joan Burton calls for tax on public servants’ car spaces

Joan Burton calls for tax on public servants’ car spaces

The state is paying over €5 million per year to lease almost 4,000 car parking spaces for public servants. Burton said putting a charge on those spaces would encourage a shift to public transport

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