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.

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.

Banking inquiry witnesses face jail if they fail to tell truth

Banking inquiry witnesses face jail if they fail to tell truth

Bankers, politicians and civil servants who fail to truthfully account for their actions to the forthcoming banking inquiry face fines of up to €500,000.

Civil war soldiers buried near Tuam's mass grave

Civil war soldiers buried near Tuam's mass grave

The bodies of six executed anti-Treaty IRA men were buried near the site of the suspected children's mass grave in Tuam, it has emerged.

Short-term prisoners to serve less time

Short-term prisoners to serve less time

Prisoners serving short sentences will now get out of jail quicker due to a change in the rules.

The Sunday Interview: Peter Tyndall

The Sunday Interview: Peter Tyndall

The new Ombudsman, Peter Tyndall, wants to get to the bottom of why Irish people are slow to complain about their treatment in hospitals, writes Michael Brennan.

Ombudsman warns of blatant abuses' of planning laws

Ombudsman warns of blatant abuses' of planning laws

The Ombudsman has warned about “blatant abuses” of the planning system including the building of a private airstrip without permission.

Kenny's pick n' mix

Kenny's pick n' mix

Enda Kenny's first cabinet reshuffle is looming. Who are the possible winners and losers - and who's waiting in the wings? Michael Brennan reports.

Infant deaths: US specialists who identified Irish remains offer assistance in Tuam grave excavation

Infant deaths: US specialists who identified Irish remains offer assistance in Tuam grave excavation

The US team which identified the remains of Irish railroad workers is offering to provide help in the Tuam mass graves investigation.

Burton to stay in Social Protection if she wins leadership of Labour Party

Burton to stay in Social Protection if she wins leadership of Labour Party

Joan Burton will stay on as Minister for Social Protection if she becomes Labour leader, according to informed sources.

Curran viewed as a safe pair of hands to replace Ming

Curran viewed as a safe pair of hands to replace Ming

Former Roscommon GAA star Shane Curran is considering a run in the forthcoming Roscommon-South Leitrim by-election.

Elections: where next? Low tide for the blue tsunami

Elections: where next? Low tide for the blue tsunami

The damage done to Fine Gael in Co Mayo was just one of many eye-catching stories to be thrown up by the local elections, writes Michael Brennan.

Plan for last chance' to pay penalty points

Plan for last chance' to pay penalty points

Motorists are set to be given a ''last chance to pay their penalty points fine to avoid being hauled before the courts.

GSOC slams Garda investigation into death of Donegal taxi driver

GSOC slams Garda investigation into death of Donegal taxi driver

The Garda Ombudsman has criticised the Garda investigation into the death of a taxi driver as ''inadequate and poorly conducted.

Fine Gael got €880k state funds to upgrade party HQ

Fine Gael got €880k state funds to upgrade party HQ

Fine Gael has been given almost €880,000 in taxpayers' funds to pay for refurbishment of its party headquarters.

Born to run: greyhound racing hit by row over frozen semen

Born to run: greyhound racing hit by row over frozen semen

Greyhounds bred from long-dead dogs are still running in races, in breach of the official regulations.