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.

McGowan: Housing will bring this country to its knees

McGowan: Housing will bring this country to its knees

The builder who was found to have made corrupt payments to Ray Burke has written a memoir about the ‘lessons’ of a life in property development

Budget office warns public sector pay bill could jump by €1.1 billion

Budget office warns public sector pay bill could jump by €1.1 billion

The Parliamentary Budget Office said in its latest briefing that public sector pay policy is nearing a 'critical juncture' with demands from unions for pay equalisation for newer public servants

Deceased consultants’ families to get share of €200m pay settlement

Deceased consultants’ families to get share of €200m pay settlement

Some 700 consultants had taken legal action against the government over the failure to pay the increases agreed in their new contracts in 2008, but it was settled out of court earlier this year

Minister warns Defence Forces over pay protest outside the Dáil

Minister warns Defence Forces over pay protest outside the Dáil

There is significant unrest among the 9,000 members of the army, navy and air corps about their pay and conditions

Go with the flow: Novel rural internet proposal

Go with the flow: Novel rural internet proposal

DIT chairman Tom Collins said group water schemes would be able to get community support to bury the fibre optic cabling on private lands at no cost

The one uncontested truth about the Papal visit - it was a triumph of organisation

The one uncontested truth about the Papal visit - it was a triumph of organisation

The final crowd in the Phoenix Park may have been 200,000 rather than 500,000. But that does not take away from the gigantic logistical effort to prepare the site

A divided country, a weakened Church

A divided country, a weakened Church

The biggest crowd at any gathering in Europe this weekend will greet Pope Francis at the Phoenix Park today. But the scale of the event masks a deep ambivalence, and in some cases outright hostility, towards the Catholic Church in Irish society

Bishops set up a stand-alone company to handle logistics

Bishops set up a stand-alone company to handle logistics

It was led by Anne Griffin, an experienced conference organiser who previously worked on bringing the International Eucharistic Congress to Dublin in 2012. One of the biggest tasks was recruiting the 10,500 volunteers needed to run the operation

Archbishop suggested that Pope should visit Capuchin Day Centre

Archbishop suggested that Pope should visit Capuchin Day Centre

The Pope’s arrival at the centre yesterday to meet a group of around 80 men, women and children who regularly get hot meals there was another endorsement of its work

Incoming Garda Commissioner faces new criticism on vetting

Incoming Garda Commissioner faces new criticism on vetting

The appointment of the former PSNI deputy chief constable has aroused concerns due to the requirement in his previous role to work with the British intelligence service MI5

Charges axed for group water schemes

Charges axed for group water schemes

The government has funded the abolition of water charges to ensure that there is no difference between people on group water schemes and those on public water supplies

SMEs to be hit with larger PRSI bill due to minimum wage hike

SMEs to be hit with larger PRSI bill due to minimum wage hike

While businesses will have to pay these wage increases, they will also have to find the money to pay for a knock-on hike of around €480 in annual PRSI payments on their workers’ wages

Pope Francis hits out at 'betrayal of trust' by abusers

Pope Francis hits out at 'betrayal of trust' by abusers

There was a critical reaction to Pope Francis’s speech from abuse survivors, who had hoped that he would announce details of measures to crack down on Church figures who committed or facilitated sexual abuse against children

Pope: Abuse a source of pain and shame

Pope: Abuse a source of pain and shame

The Pope arrived into the same courtyard in Dublin Castle where recent celebrations were held after the Yes vote in the same sex marriage referendum and the repeal of the Eighth Amendment

‘Dementia villages’ needed to prevent ‘next housing crisis’

‘Dementia villages’ needed to prevent ‘next housing crisis’

Minister of State for Older People Jim Daly is seeking state funding for developers to build ‘d...