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.

€74m fund to buy dental treatment for abuse victims

€74m fund to buy dental treatment for abuse victims

A new €74 million fund will pay dental bills for abuse victims who lost teeth in industrial schools.

Ireland abandons UN aid target

Ireland abandons UN aid target

The government has abandoned its promise to meet the UN target on aid spending to developing countries by next year.

Government abandons its target for UN global aid

Government abandons its target for UN global aid

A plan to massively increase Ireland's foreign aid to €946 million has been dropped because the government believes it cannot be justified at a time of budget cutbacks.

Gardai told to target company car drivers

Gardai told to target company car drivers

Gardai­ have been told to sort out the long-running problem of around half of all speeding company car drivers escaping penalty points.

Profile: Garda sergeant Maurice McCabe

Profile: Garda sergeant Maurice McCabe

Whistling in the wind

For FG, all news is good news

For FG, all news is good news

Three thousand Fine Gael delegates met at the RDS for the party's ard fheis this weekend, and it was all about positivity, writes Michael Brennan.

EMC met more times than cabinet before last year's budget

EMC met more times than cabinet before last year's budget

The government's financial mini-cabinet met more times in the run up to last year's budget than the actual cabinet itself.

State rejects consumer agency role on Irish Water

State rejects consumer agency role on Irish Water

Irish Water will not be forced to deal with the National Consumer Agency (NCA) after the government rejected the watchdog's proposal to get involved.

Bike To Work set to remain in the saddle

Bike To Work set to remain in the saddle

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has pledged to retain the Bike To Work scheme, which is now allowing people to buy a second bike tax-free.

How inaction shattered confidence in minister

How inaction shattered confidence in minister

Fine Gael backbenchers are muttering that Alan Shatter could have avoided much of the controversy if he had acted sooner, writes Michael Brennan.

Government parties clash over collective bargaining

Government parties clash over collective bargaining

Fine Gael and Labour are still at loggerheads about collective bargaining despite a pledge by Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore to deliver the legislation by Easter.

Shatter got senior official to dismiss allegations by Garda whistleblower

Shatter got senior official to dismiss allegations by Garda whistleblower

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter got a senior official to dismiss a garda whistleblower's allegations of improper cancellation of penalty points.

Gardai­ plan crackdown on learner drivers

Gardai­ plan crackdown on learner drivers

Gardai are planning an enforcement blitz against learner drivers after it emerged they were involved in 64 fatal accidents over the past five years.

Pilot project for staffless' libraries But they insist writing isn't on the wall for librarians

Pilot project for staffless' libraries But they insist writing isn't on the wall for librarians

Librarians have insisted that a new pilot project for ''staffless libraries will not put their profession under threat.

Dail approach to alleged Garda bugging - now and then

Dail approach to alleged Garda bugging - now and then

Thirty years ago, Michael Noonan was the Justice Minister and Alan Shatter and Enda Kenny were on the backbenches when they were at the centre of another controversy about alleged Garda bugging.