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.

Transport bosses warned of Luas chaos months ago

Transport bosses warned of Luas chaos months ago

Luas operator Transdev warned last September that the planned December 9 launch date was at “considerable risk”

Martin and MacSharry row flares up at party meeting

Martin and MacSharry row flares up at party meeting

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin reignited his row with backbencher Marc MacSharry in front of...

Votes to be taken on directly elected mayors for Dublin and Cork cities

Votes to be taken on directly elected mayors for Dublin and Cork cities

A report will be brought to cabinet in the coming weeks presenting various options for the sorts of powers that could be given to directly-elected mayors

On a Maylennial Mission

On a Maylennial Mission

The Northern Ireland Secretary rose through the ranks of the Conservative party and forged a close bond with Theresa May during her time in the Home Office

Coveney contacts Ahern over political crisis in North

Coveney contacts Ahern over political crisis in North

Coveney’s spokesman confirmed that the former Fianna Fáil leader made contact with Coveney last weekend

Stepaside station unfit for purpose, emails say

Stepaside station unfit for purpose, emails say

The government controversially decided last June that Stepaside Garda station in Ross’s Dublin Rathdown constituency should reopen

Sinn Féin and DUP are given a week to ‘cool off’

Sinn Féin and DUP are given a week to ‘cool off’

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has signalled that back-channel discussions are likely this week in the hope that formal talks to restore the Northern Executive can resume before the end of the month

Garda report claims Murphy ‘made Jobstown crowd more aggressive’

Garda report claims Murphy ‘made Jobstown crowd more aggressive’

The claims are contained in a report to the minister for justice after the conclusion of the trial where Murphy and five others were found not guilty of falsely imprisoning Burton and her adviser

Taoiseach only saw controversial garda email after it was made public

Taoiseach only saw controversial garda email after it was made public

New emails shed more light on the political crisis that led to the resignation of the then Minister for Justice

Soc Dems told they may not give back funding to Donnelly

Soc Dems told they may not give back funding to Donnelly

The Social Democrats were told it would be illegal to hand back nearly €65,000 in state funding...

Power-sharing talks in the North collapse

Power-sharing talks in the North collapse

British government called on to set a budget and start making policy decisions

Abortion will provide McDonald's first SF test

Abortion will provide McDonald's first SF test

The new leader's comments on disciplining those who vote against the party line could spell trouble for some of its TDs

Inner city Garda station will not re-open until 2020

Inner city Garda station will not re-open until 2020

A planned multimillion euro refurbishment of Fitzgibbon Street Garda Station has been beset by delays including a row between An Garda Síochána and the Office of Public Works

A short honeymoon for Mary Lou

A short honeymoon for Mary Lou

McDonald’s election as leader of Sinn Féin symbolises the transition under way within the party. But she faces a slew of challenges right away, including the proposal to repeal the Eighth Amendment

Higgins hints at second term  in the Áras

Higgins hints at second term in the Áras

The 76-year-old has in recent years refused to rule out a second term despite saying he would only serve one seven-year term when he ran for the presidency in 2011