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.

Banking inquiry will examine salaries and bonuses

Banking inquiry will examine salaries and bonuses

The banking inquiry is set to examine whether the salaries and bonuses paid to bankers during the boom influenced their lending decisions.

Rural TDs vastly outdo Dublin TDs on medical card requests

Rural TDs vastly outdo Dublin TDs on medical card requests

Former Health Minister Dr James Reilly was the only Dublin TD in the “Top 50” TDs who phoned the HSE’s medical card unit over 90 times in the past six months.

Kelly moves to block council restrictions on wind farms

Kelly moves to block council restrictions on wind farms

Environment Minister Alan Kelly has overturned a council plan which would have effectively banned the building of any new wind farms in Roscommon.

Make or break for the PAC

Make or break for the PAC

Former Rehab boss Angela Kerins is seeking damages in court over what she claims was a witch hunt'

Rows cloud justice for ageing survivors

Rows cloud justice for ageing survivors

Divisions among the groups representing symphysiotomy victims are hindering the search for a resolution, writes Michael Brennan.

Politicians lobbied HSE 21,000 times on medical cards

Politicians lobbied HSE 21,000 times on medical cards

HSE bombarded by pleas from ministers and TDs in last six months. Reilly sought to influence officials while implementing card squeeze.

Politicians bombarded HSE over medical cards

Politicians bombarded HSE over medical cards

Despite changes to the processing system, the HSE is still subject to heavy lobbying on medical cards by some TDs and senators, writes Michael Brennan.

Call to give adopted children right to birth details

Call to give adopted children right to birth details

TD's reunion with long-lost sister spurs huge response

Kenny rejects calls to discuss Gaza in Dáil

Kenny rejects calls to discuss Gaza in Dáil

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has rejected opposition calls to recall the Dáil from its summer break to discuss Israel’s attack on Gaza.

Official report proposes tripling of property tax

Official report proposes tripling of property tax

The property tax could be tripled to €1.5 billion, allowing for a Euro 1 billion cut in income tax, an official government study has proposed.

1,400 pension holders with €100,000 savings face probe

1,400 pension holders with €100,000 savings face probe

Around 1,400 elderly people on means-tested pensions are under investigation for having €100,000 or more in their bank accounts.

Gardai­ listening to inmates' calls on jail phones

Gardai­ listening to inmates' calls on jail phones

Prison officials have prevented ''very serious crimes by helping GardaI to listen to inmates' conversations on their illegal mobile phones.

TDs order OPW to cut €1.6m costs of banking inquiry

TDs order OPW to cut €1.6m costs of banking inquiry

The banking inquiry has ordered officials to cut a projected €1.6 million bill for refurbishing rooms and upgrading computer systems before public hearings begin.

COMMENT: Solemn faces in Dáil chamber after junior ministerial shake-up

COMMENT: Solemn faces in Dáil chamber after junior ministerial shake-up

There were plenty of handshakes and smiles when the new Ministers of State walked into the Dáil chamber today. But there were also colleagues who could barely conceal their disappointment.

Government announces full lineup of junior ministers

Government announces full lineup of junior ministers

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has axed four Ministers of State as part of his overhaul of the government before the forthcoming general election.