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.

Minister overturns planning decisions for four sites in Tuam

Minister overturns planning decisions for four sites in Tuam

Minister of State for Planning Damien English told local councillors they had ignored a warning from him about the rezonings in September last year

Donohoe to review start-up founder tax break

Donohoe to review start-up founder tax break

There is a reduced tax rate of 10 per cent for entrepreneurs who make gains of up to €1 million on selling business assets, rather than the standard rate of 33 per cent

No election: 75 per cent of voters want FG-FF deal to continue

No election: 75 per cent of voters want FG-FF deal to continue

Children’s Hospital scandal not a deal-breaker for voters; Sinn Féin surges to 18 per cent, its best result in two years

Halligan aims to double the number of female apprentices

Halligan aims to double the number of female apprentices

Review by Solas has found that many young women are dissuaded from apprenticeships while still in school

TD says €1.6 billion ‘green budget’ a load of hot air from government

TD says €1.6 billion ‘green budget’ a load of hot air from government

People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith criticised the inclusion of fossil-fuel powered buses and trains in the initiative

European Commission tackles government on water regulation

European Commission tackles government on water regulation

The government had promised to bring in a new bill to finally establish just how much water is being used in the country by golf clubs, businesses and dairy farmers who are extracting water from their own private supplies

Sinn Féin soars after its motion of no confidence in Simon Harris

Sinn Féin soars after its motion of no confidence in Simon Harris

Even though the motion was defeated, it has helped Sinn Féin to its best Red C poll result in two years, in a boost for the party ahead of May’s local and European elections

How do we house the nurse and the guard?

How do we house the nurse and the guard?

We used to measure affordability in the housing market by the ability of a nurse and a garda to buy a home together. Today, that couple are shut out of the market. Here are three policies that could alleviate a social problem behind the public service pay demands

Chairman of new beef group blasts ‘irrelevant’ IFA Threat to cut off cattle sales to factories in price row

Chairman of new beef group blasts ‘irrelevant’ IFA Threat to cut off cattle sales to factories in price row

The chairman of a new beef farmers movement has said that it is the new voice for the sector inst...

Hundreds refuse medical exams of their personal injuries claims

Hundreds refuse medical exams of their personal injuries claims

Almost 800 people have refused to turn up for an independent medical assessment of their personal...

INMO denies younger nurses’ pay rises were cut in deal

INMO denies younger nurses’ pay rises were cut in deal

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has insisted that younger nurses are not having their ...

Builders warn extension of grant for first-time buyers is needed

Builders warn extension of grant for first-time buyers is needed

Builders are seeking a five-year extension of the controversial first-time buyers grant of up to ...

Ministers fear British infighting will trigger accidental no-deal Brexit

Ministers fear British infighting will trigger accidental no-deal Brexit

Government ministers are becoming increasingly concerned of an accidental no-deal Brexit due to t...

New law to affect lesbian couples registering as parents

New law to affect lesbian couples registering as parents

A new law will ban lesbian parents from putting both their names on their child’s birth cert if...

One in three regional plans not reaching key targets

One in three regional plans not reaching key targets

Some 33 per cent of enterprise plans fail to reduce unemployment