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.

Dail's club culture' attacked

Dail's club culture' attacked

By Michael Brennan A former senior civil servant has attacked the ''club culture mentality which allows TDs to decide on the late closing of the Dáil bar themselves. Kieran Coughlan, who was the hi

Fás paid €5m to exit Baggot St lease

Fás paid €5m to exit Baggot St lease

Fás paid €5 million to exit the lease on its Baggot Street headquarters and another €127,000 in a tax settlement to the Revenue before it was finally abolished last year.

COMMENT: Shatter resignation a political bombshell

COMMENT: Shatter resignation a political bombshell

The resignation of Justice Minister Alan Shatter is without any exaggeration a political bombshell for the Government in the middle of the local and European elections.

TD slams ‘anti-competitive practices’ in beef industry

TD slams ‘anti-competitive practices’ in beef industry

A Labour TD has made a complaint to the European Commission about ''anti-competitive practices in the beef industry.

Offspring of Pope's Children' spark need for more teachers

Offspring of Pope's Children' spark need for more teachers

Some 6,000 extra teachers will be needed in schools within the next ten years partly due to Pope's Children' effect.

Profile John McGuinness

Profile John McGuinness

My goodness, McGuinness

History lesson: cash and cheques are things of the past Quinn considers online school fees payment system

History lesson: cash and cheques are things of the past Quinn considers online school fees payment system

Education Minister Ruairi Quinn's department is considering hiring a private company to set up an online payment system for school fees.

Business of Sport: Bord na gCon holds onto Euro 3m betting licence

Business of Sport: Bord na gCon holds onto Euro 3m betting licence

The state greyhound body is being allowed to hold onto the lucrative betting licence at tracks which is worth €3 million per year.

Labour and FG clash over council house sell-off pledge

Labour and FG clash over council house sell-off pledge

Labour and Fine Gael are clashing over a Fine Gael promise to sell off council houses to their tenants at a discount after the election.

State to pay water charges for 800,000 people

State to pay water charges for 800,000 people

Around 800,000 pensioners, carers and people with disabilities will have the controversial €50 water standing charge paid for out of the social welfare budget.

No country for sick and self-employed

No country for sick and self-employed

The provision of voluntary illness insurance for the self-employed is dividing the government, writes Michael Brennan.

Revenue monitored social media on property tax comments

Revenue monitored social media on property tax comments

The Revenue Commissioners paid €48,000 to a private company to monitor people's comments on Facebook and Twitter about the introduction of the property tax.

Secret tax settlements net Revenue €61m

Secret tax settlements net Revenue €61m

6,500 mortgage holders may be offered lifeline by liquidators

Disaffected FFers go it alone

Disaffected FFers go it alone

Many former Fianna Fail members blame headquarters candidate selection policy for their decision to run as Independents.

Littering, illegal dumping top list of voters' complaints

Littering, illegal dumping top list of voters' complaints

Website shows scale of problem across the country