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.

Budget 2015: Politics of economic adjustment

Budget 2015: Politics of economic adjustment

Political demands, as ever, are shaping the budget. Here are ten of the most pressing issues that must be resolved before the big day.

Lowdown on graduate interviews

Lowdown on graduate interviews

What graduates will be asked at an interview.

Government Seanad minority after by-election could mean budget delays

Government Seanad minority after by-election could mean budget delays

The government is facing a tougher challenge to pass the budget's social welfare measures following the election of Gerard Craughwell to the Seanad.

Murphy set to take Dáil seat

Murphy set to take Dáil seat

Anti-Austerity Alliance candidate Paul Murphy is on course to win the Dublin South-West by-election in a ballot dominated by voter anger over water charges.

HSE to publish detailed waiting list information in wake of rigging scandal

HSE to publish detailed waiting list information in wake of rigging scandal

The health service will publish more detailed information about patient waiting lists by the end of this year.

Budget briefing: what to expect

Budget briefing: what to expect

The much more favourable economic winds mean that the budget negotiations concluded remarkably quickly compared to previous budgets.

Clear water between anti-charge campaigners and coalition parties

Clear water between anti-charge campaigners and coalition parties

The electorate have used the Dáil by-elections to send a clear message to the government and the two main opposition parties

Varadkar to publish detailed HSE waiting list info

Varadkar to publish detailed HSE waiting list info

UPDATE: The HSE is set to dramatically improve the level of transparency about patient waiting lists, Health Minister Leo Varadkar has said.

Working group proposes cuts to senior librarian posts

Working group proposes cuts to senior librarian posts

The number of county librarians is set to be reduced under new plans to lower the cost of local government.

Looking to avoid your water charges? Just tick the sick' box

Looking to avoid your water charges? Just tick the sick' box

Government fears abuse of Irish Water's honesty-based system for capping water charges for people with medical conditions

Row brews over controversial fish farm licences

Row brews over controversial fish farm licences

Enda Kenny and Simon Coveney held a private meeting earlier this year with a company seeking to obtain more fish farm licences here.

Fitzgerald to review violent crime redress plan

Fitzgerald to review violent crime redress plan

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has set up a review of the scheme which has left victims of crime waiting years for compensation.

Ring wants €40m sport grant in budget

Ring wants €40m sport grant in budget

Minister of State Michael Ring is lobbying for a €40 million sports grants scheme in the budget to pay for sports pitches and dressing rooms.

McNulty fiasco is manna from heaven for lucky opposition

McNulty fiasco is manna from heaven for lucky opposition

The blame game over the Imma board controversy continues to rumble on

Winning greyhound to be investigated

Winning greyhound to be investigated

Gardaí are investigating a complaint made after a greyhound won more than €22,000 in the industry’s biggest race.