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.

PPS numbers needed to tackle voter personation

PPS numbers needed to tackle voter personation

Environment Minister Alan Kelly has said that individual PPS numbers will have to be collected to get an accurate voter register. The government had to reverse its plans to allow Irish Water to collect PPS numbers from customers after a public outcry

Ó Riordáin planning integration strategy for Polish community

Ó Riordáin planning integration strategy for Polish community

Forum identifies ‘disconnect’ between resident Poles and Irish state.

Apprenticeship system to get shake-up

Apprenticeship system to get shake-up

Plasterers are to be trained in two years instead of four as part of a major shake-up of the apprenticeship system.

Labour gears up for next election with sale of HQ

Labour gears up for next election with sale of HQ

Labour has stepped up its general election preparations by selling off its headquarters near St Stephen’s Green in Dublin.

Education minister aims to cut primary pupil-teacher ratio

Education minister aims to cut primary pupil-teacher ratio

Education minister Jan O’Sullivan is seeking to tackle the problem of super-sized primary schoo...

FG TDs back Labour bill to cut bankruptcy period to a year

FG TDs back Labour bill to cut bankruptcy period to a year

l Move aims to help homeowners seeking mortgage debt deals Fine Gael TDs are rowing in behind a ...

TDs fail in attempt to oust expenses auditing firm

TDs fail in attempt to oust expenses auditing firm

A group of TDs have failed in their attempt to get rid of a private firm which was carrying out i...

Agreement on sale of Aer Lingus now closer

Agreement on sale of Aer Lingus now closer

At the start, the discussion in government was about whether to sell or not to sell the Aer Lingus stake. Now it is about the price.

Census figures cast doubt on school travel scheme

Census figures cast doubt on school travel scheme

The number of children being driven to school has continued to rise despite a government-funded c...

Rare bird of prey stalls planned mountain bike trail

Rare bird of prey stalls planned mountain bike trail

A rare bird of prey is being blamed for blocking the construction of a €2 million mountain bike...

Burton will back a rise in minimum wage

Burton will back a rise in minimum wage

Tánaiste Joan Burton has promised to back a rise in the national minimum wage for workers and to give two weeks of paid paternity leave to fathers. Although the Low Pay Commission will have to make a recommendation on the current minimum wage rate of

Decentralised state offices have rent bill of almosat €6m

Decentralised state offices have rent bill of almosat €6m

The state is still paying almost €6 million to rent offices for staff who were decentralised out of Dublin by former Fianna Fáil minister Charlie McCreevy.

FG promise more tax cuts for ‘squeezed middle’

FG promise more tax cuts for ‘squeezed middle’

Fine Gael has set out its stall for the general election by promising further tax cuts for middle-income families over the next two budgets.

Fine Gael machine spins up to election speed

Fine Gael machine spins up to election speed

The party will present itself as leader of the government that led the nation out of the fiscal wilderness, and its election message will essentially be: ‘Put us in to keep wreckers out’

Gardaí wrap up probe into  health insurance firm

Gardaí wrap up probe into health insurance firm

Gardaí have ruled out any further action after concluding a criminal investigation into the society that provides health insurance for the country’s gardaí.