Hugh O'Connell

Hugh O'Connell

Hugh O'Connell is political correspondent with the Sunday Business Post. He is the former political editor of TheJournal.ie and has previously worked for BBC Radio 4, FIFA, and Newstalk. He holds a BA First Class Honours degree in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University. A regular contributor to television and radio, he also occasionally lectures in journalism.

Left wing rush for Dublin EU seats

Left wing rush for Dublin EU seats

The large number of candidates shows the left’s dysfunctionality, says Labour’s Alex White

Oireachtas members claim officials ‘restricting’ FitzPatrick trial review

Oireachtas members claim officials ‘restricting’ FitzPatrick trial review

Civil servants cited Supreme Court verdict in the Angela Kerins case against the PAC

Exclusive: Leaked files reveal fresh problems for children’s hospital

Exclusive: Leaked files reveal fresh problems for children’s hospital

Dire warnings from outgoing project director in department documents

Daly and Wallace add more spice to European race

Daly and Wallace add more spice to European race

In an election where large constituencies make it difficult to cover all the ground, name recognition is key to winning votes and both Daly and Wallace have that in abundance

There are not enough people in the Dáíl speaking up for the private sector. The private sector is not some kind of nefarious activity

There are not enough people in the Dáíl speaking up for the private sector. The private sector is not some kind of nefarious activity

As he prepares for a new career as a banking insider, Brian Hayes looks back on half a life in politics – and regrets that he got into the game too early

IDA pays to change Wikipedia pages about agency

IDA pays to change Wikipedia pages about agency

IDA Ireland has paid for changes to Wikipedia pages about itself and its chief executive, amid gr...

Hayes calls for Varadkar and cabinet to get pay rises

Hayes calls for Varadkar and cabinet to get pay rises

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his ministers should get a pay increase every year because they are do...

Irish imam says Isis bride not welcome in Irish mosques

Irish imam says Isis bride not welcome in Irish mosques

A leading Muslim cleric believes that the so-called Isis bride Lisa Smith may be “a threat to s...

FG staff told to send in ‘tricky questions’ for Micheál Martin Newstalk interview

FG staff told to send in ‘tricky questions’ for Micheál Martin Newstalk interview

WhatsApp messages told party members to reword queries in order to hide identity

Politicians getting match tickets directly from FAI

Politicians getting match tickets directly from FAI

Responses to a survey of all 218 TDs and senators has revealed how politicians have requested tickets from the FAI and others have been offered match tickets on a complimentary basis in recent years

Parlour games in Strasbourg

Parlour games in Strasbourg

Britain is still in Brexit hell, irretrievably stuck and voting no to everything that moves, but life has moved on in Strasbourg, where a monthly all-Europe meet-up is quietly making plans for a post-Brexit EU

‘The euro has been a catastrophe for Ireland’

‘The euro has been a catastrophe for Ireland’

One of Brexit’s chief architects, Nigel Farage has been enjoying the salary and perks of an MEP for 20 years. He’s now the leader of the new Brexit Party of eight eurosceptic British MEPs

Labour’s EU election posters ‘resemble Russian flag’

Labour’s EU election posters ‘resemble Russian flag’

The party’s Cork East TD Sean Sherlock raised the matter at the parliamentary Labour party (PLP) meeting last week

State plan to provide free dental care for all children

State plan to provide free dental care for all children

Children under the age of six will be the first to benefit from the new plan from next year

Fine Gael lobbied European allies to drop tax and EU army plans

Fine Gael lobbied European allies to drop tax and EU army plans

Fine Gael had to lobby its European political allies to drop plans for EU tax harmonisation and a...