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.

Profile of Peadar Tóibín: The exiteer

Profile of Peadar Tóibín: The exiteer

Tóibín's departure from Sinn Féin was inevitable after he so openly campaigned against repeal in last May’s referendum, appearing on RTÉ’s Prime Time to debate with Minister for Health Simon Harris

Carefully unpicking one of the Troubles’ grimmest episodes

Carefully unpicking one of the Troubles’ grimmest episodes

The New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe dives deep into Jean McConville's story and the horrors that befell her orphaned children, many of whom ended up in care, in this vivid account of the Troubles

Mitchell O’Connor may be Europe-bound

Mitchell O’Connor may be Europe-bound

Minister not ruling out a tilt at MEP elections

Seanad ballot papers plan scrapped amid fears over security of process

Seanad ballot papers plan scrapped amid fears over security of process

Former Fine Gael TD and senator Maurice Manning said he was 'disappointed' that a recommendation for online registration and downloading of ballot papers appears to have been dropped

Shatter berates ‘blundering rhino’ Coveney over tweets about Israel

Shatter berates ‘blundering rhino’ Coveney over tweets about Israel

The former justice minister Alan Shatter criticised two tweets by Coveney last Monday, including one in which the Minister for Foreign Affairs accused the US ambassador to Israel, David M Friedman, of making 'another unhelpful statement'

Tóibín's new party unlikely to capture public imagination

Tóibín's new party unlikely to capture public imagination

Though the former Sinn Féin TD has started well, there is little evidence that there is a huge desire among voters for a new party, or that they have grown tired of the existing ones

Running to stand still

Running to stand still

The DUP is committed to preserving the status quo - except for Britain’s membership of the EU. It could shape the Brexit deal, but what happens then for the party that doesn’t like to look too far ahead, as Britain goes through some seismic changes?

DUP’s Wilson says Varadkar’s ‘no-deal deal’ comments mean no need for Brexit backstop

DUP’s Wilson says Varadkar’s ‘no-deal deal’ comments mean no need for Brexit backstop

The DUP’s Brexit spokesman seized on the recent remarks by Leo Varadkar where he said “if we did end up with a no-deal situation, we would find ourselves having to negotiate a ‘no-deal deal’ quite soon thereafter”.

Naughten: Taoiseach got it wrong, colleagues want me back at the cabinet table

Naughten: Taoiseach got it wrong, colleagues want me back at the cabinet table

Former communications minister comes out fighting

Flanagan in regular contact with Ross over Stepaside Garda station

Flanagan in regular contact with Ross over Stepaside Garda station

Independet Alliance minister Shane Ross has contacted senior Department of Justice officials to g...

Broadband bidder McCourt told Varadkar of ‘excellent’ relationship with Naughten

Broadband bidder McCourt told Varadkar of ‘excellent’ relationship with Naughten

FoI releases show Taoiseach knew of close relationship with former minister, as PAC prepares to examine national broadband tender process. Hugh O’Connell and Jack Horgan-Jones report

Cahill gets another apology, but no answers

Cahill gets another apology, but no answers

Máiría Cahill had pushed for last Tuesday’s meeting with Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald, but left dissatisfied

Tóibín had secret deal with Adams on abortion issue

Tóibín had secret deal with Adams on abortion issue

Agreement allowed former Sinn Féin TD to engage with media as long as he gave party’s position before outlining his own

Report due on prison service handling of sexual harassment case

Report due on prison service handling of sexual harassment case

The findings of an investigation into how allegations of serious sexual harassment in the Irish P...

‘Junk the backstop’ urges Johnson at DUP conference

‘Junk the backstop’ urges Johnson at DUP conference

The calls came as EU leaders are expected to formally sign off on Britain’s withdrawal agreement today before a crucial vote in Westminster next month