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 determined on legal bill despite missing deadline

Minister determined on legal bill despite missing deadline

The government is missing its own deadline to pass the long-awaited bill to cut legal costs due to behind-the-scenes lobbying by lawyers.

18 months to rescue Labour from oblivion

18 months to rescue Labour from oblivion

The new Labour leader must overcome five key challenges to help bring the party back from the brink, writes Michael Brennan.

Irish illegal greyhounds' may get amnesty

Irish illegal greyhounds' may get amnesty

An amnesty is on the cards for illegal greyhounds bred from long-dead dogs in breach of official regulations.

Spot checks reveal risks from old water pipes

Spot checks reveal risks from old water pipes

EPA surveys show high levels of lead leaking into supply. No exemption from water charges for those affected.

Coveney says reshuffle a chance to set the agenda'

Coveney says reshuffle a chance to set the agenda'

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has insisted that the government needs to use the cabinet reshuffle to start setting the agenda again.

Banking inquiry can use courts to compel witnesses

Banking inquiry can use courts to compel witnesses

The banking inquiry will have the power to go to the High Court to force witnesses to produce confidential documents.

Getting the lead out

Getting the lead out

Large numbers of Irish homes and businesses have lead in their tap water and a new standard has put them above minimum limits, writes Michael Brennan.

Hickie goes for the conversion Ex-rugby star backs alcohol ban

Hickie goes for the conversion Ex-rugby star backs alcohol ban

Hickie goes for the conversion. Ex-rugby star backs alcohol ban.

Deputy hopeful Kelly aims for cabinet position

Deputy hopeful Kelly aims for cabinet position

Labour minister of state Alan Kelly has said that he expects a cabinet ministry if he is elected deputy leader.

DNA database moves a step closer

DNA database moves a step closer

Officials have predicted that a new DNA database will help detect roaming criminal gangs who are carrying out burglaries around the country.

Adams fires the first shot in the great coalition debate

Adams fires the first shot in the great coalition debate

The Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has opened the party’s debate on coalition after the next general election.

Vast majority of councils can't cut property tax

Vast majority of councils can't cut property tax

The nine richest councils will probably be in a position to cut property tax by 15 per cent, writes Michael Brennan.

State approves €2.5m for historic castle before planning is completed

State approves €2.5m for historic castle before planning is completed

Government ministers approved a €2.5 million grant for an empty historic castle.

Councillor target of homophobic attack during election campaign

Councillor target of homophobic attack during election campaign

Fianna Fáil’s Paddy McKee is one of the eight openly gay councillors elected ahead of next year’s gay marriage referendum.

Cash-strapped councils unable to cut property tax bills

Cash-strapped councils unable to cut property tax bills

Fewer than one-third of councils will be able to cut the property tax bills of homeowners due to the pressure on their budgets.