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.

Coveney bullish on Irish beef exports to China

Coveney bullish on Irish beef exports to China

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has said that he expects China to allow Irish beef in for the first time next year.

Department of Arts coughs up €100k to the taxman

Department of Arts coughs up €100k to the taxman

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys' department has paid a €100,000 tax settlement to the Revenue on behalf of staff living in national parks.

Unemployed must upload their CVs to government website

Unemployed must upload their CVs to government website

From next year, unemployed people will have to upload their CVs to a government website in order to retain their social welfare payment.

Unemployed must upload CVs to keep social welfare

Unemployed must upload CVs to keep social welfare

Revamped JobsIreland site will host CVs to allow employers to search live register for people whose skills they need, says the government.

Senior civil servants to face performance rating under new reforms

Senior civil servants to face performance rating under new reforms

The country’s most senior civil servants will have their performance rated for the first time, under a new reform plan.

Irish Water facing new dilemma as council workers refuse to restrict supply

Irish Water facing new dilemma as council workers refuse to restrict supply

Irish Water is going to hire private contractors to carry out work needed to reduce water supply to families who do not pay water charges.

Still waters run deep

Still waters run deep

The public outcry over water charges is the product of genuine despair, and no PR campaign can fix that.

Briefing: Mandarins ignore Howlin hardball

Briefing: Mandarins ignore Howlin hardball

lGovernment departments wouldn't offer Brendan Howlin the spending cuts he was looking for, so his department found their own.

Inquiry to seek cost contribution from banks

Inquiry to seek cost contribution from banks

Banks will be asked to make a ''sizeable contribution to the estimated €5 million cost of the banking inquiry.

Labour TD defied party whip by refusing to vote for establishment of Irish Water

Labour TD defied party whip by refusing to vote for establishment of Irish Water

A Government TD has revealed for the first time that he refused to vote for the establishment of Irish Water in defiance of the party whip.

Private firms to employ 1,000 people to retrain long-term jobless

Private firms to employ 1,000 people to retrain long-term jobless

Around 1,000 people are set to be employed to retrain the long-term unemployed in 100 offices around the country.

Noonan grants €6m for bridge on his home turf

Noonan grants €6m for bridge on his home turf

One of Minister for Finance Michael Noonan's budget surprises was a €6 million grant for a pedestrian bridge for his native Limerick city.

State was warned water benefit' was wasteful

State was warned water benefit' was wasteful

The government ignored expert advice in its rushed attempt to reduce water bills.

Labour trying to make amends in Budget for broken promise on child benefit cuts

Labour trying to make amends in Budget for broken promise on child benefit cuts

Tánaiste Joan Burton has made a clear attempt in this budget to tackle one of the “broken promises” that has haunted Labour, writes Michael Brennan.

COMMENT: USC hikes could be politically controversial

COMMENT: USC hikes could be politically controversial

The most surprising feature of Finance Minister Michael Noonan’s budget is the hike in the Universal Social Charge for higher earners, writes Michael Brennan.