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.

The gambler who never showed his hand

The gambler who never showed his hand

Albert Reynolds’ softly-softly poker tactics mirrored the strategies that he deployed to build a lucrative business empire, writes Michael Brennan.

The abortion debate: FG deputies say that restrictive law has worked

The abortion debate: FG deputies say that restrictive law has worked

Despite the renewed controversy over abortion, few TDs have the appetite for another referendum, writes Michael Brennan.

Government nixes Revenue plan to hire more inspectors

Government nixes Revenue plan to hire more inspectors

The government has rejected a plan by the Revenue Commissioners to recover an extra €100 million per year from tax evaders.

Central Bank loses track of mortgage numbers

Central Bank loses track of mortgage numbers

The Central Bank has failed to keep track of the number of homeowners in mortgage distress being forced by lenders to give up their valuable tracker rate.

Charity for high-risk youths pulls out of rental deal with ex-FF councillor

Charity for high-risk youths pulls out of rental deal with ex-FF councillor

A charity has pulled out of its long-running deal to rent a house for ‘high risk’ children from a former Fianna Fáil councillor.

Councils still levying boom-time era charges

Councils still levying boom-time era charges

Almost half of councils in the country are holding onto boom-time era development charges despite orders to cut them to boost housebuilding activity.

Minister to seek binding pay rates for bin workers

Minister to seek binding pay rates for bin workers

Pay dispute at Greyhound Waste continues

Harbour company takes legal action against former board member

Harbour company takes legal action against former board member

A state-owned harbour company is taking legal action to recover board expenses paid to a member of former President Mary McAleese's campaign team.

Irish Water paid consultants €600 per day

Irish Water paid consultants €600 per day

Costs justified on grounds that objectives and security do not come cheaply'

‘Bat lights’ bring cost of cycling greenway to €1.9m

‘Bat lights’ bring cost of cycling greenway to €1.9m

The need to put in special ‘bat lights’ pushed up the price of one of the country’s newest cycling greenways to €1.9 million.

There's no advantage in spending billions just because you've spent €120 million

There's no advantage in spending billions just because you've spent €120 million

Gerry Murphy. head of the National Transport Authority, is not fully committed to the Metro North line

Irish Water swims against the tide

Irish Water swims against the tide

Irish Water's proposed running costs are more than double those of English water companies, writes Michael Brennan.

Huge cost puts paid to home energy scheme

Huge cost puts paid to home energy scheme

A state scheme to upgrade the energy efficiency of 1.6 million homes has been shelved due to the €35 billion cost.

CIF wants Vat cut to boost housing supply

CIF wants Vat cut to boost housing supply

Builders are lobbying for a Vat cut in the budget to boost the supply of new homes after getting legal advice that it is possible under EU law.

Running costs at Irish Water are twice UK levels

Running costs at Irish Water are twice UK levels

Irish Water’s projected running costs of €1.9 billion over the next two years are more than twice the average costs of water companies in England and Wales.