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.

Electing Fine Gael

Electing Fine Gael

Leo Varadkar is riding a wave of personal popularity, but the party must take no chances when it comes to its wider election strategy

Gavin Duffy exclusive: Áras hopeful advised O’Brien on Moriarty fallout

Gavin Duffy exclusive: Áras hopeful advised O’Brien on Moriarty fallout

Former Dragons’ Den star prepped tycoon on day that tribunal report came out; Duffy says there was nothing he could do for Sean FitzPatrick

Varadkar rules out burqa ban, calls for women in priesthood

Varadkar rules out burqa ban, calls for women in priesthood

Varadkar was speaking last week as Denmark became the latest European country to introduce a law against facial coverings

Varadkar rules out burqa ban, calls for women in priesthood

Varadkar rules out burqa ban, calls for women in priesthood

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has ruled out the introduction of a burqa ban in Ireland, saying he believ...

‘The Taoiseach is obsessed with image and public relations’

‘The Taoiseach is obsessed with image and public relations’

With his party’s agreement with Fine Gael up for renewal later this year, Micheál Martin is growing tired of what he calls the Taoiseach’s ‘gamesmanship’, as well as the lack of progress on health and housing. But he insists the deal was the right thing to do in the interests of stability

Officials wanted CSO to tone down report on ESB data

Officials wanted CSO to tone down report on ESB data

The Department of Housing wanted to tone down a Central Statistics Office (CSO) analysis which sa...

Keegan broke rules to re-route Dublin bike path

Keegan broke rules to re-route Dublin bike path

Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan broke with procedure by failing to report to two ...

Ethics watchdog seeks first ever prosecution

Ethics watchdog seeks first ever prosecution

Longford Chamber of Commerce before courts over failure to file returns on time, but LCC secretary insists it is ‘a very venial sin’

State blames labs as cancer screening scandal grows

State blames labs as cancer screening scandal grows

The government is blaming the laboratories at the centre of the CervicalCheck cancer screening sc...

Martin hits out at ‘Brit bashing’ Varadkar

Martin hits out at ‘Brit bashing’ Varadkar

Fianna Fáil leader lambastes ‘prickly’ Coveney, saying he needs to ‘get a life’

Severe water shortages could see tanker deliveries in Dublin

Severe water shortages could see tanker deliveries in Dublin

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said the government and Irish Water are now planning for the worst-case scenario, revealing this would involve a rolling water tanker programme in the capital

Government intervenes in controversy over Liam Miller tribute match

Government intervenes in controversy over Liam Miller tribute match

Minister for Sport Brendan Griffin has confirmed that he is 'actively engaged' with the GAA, after the organisation reiterated its decision to prevent the Liam Miller charity match being staged at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork following legal advice

Sharkey claims ‘open-door’ EU policy  on immigration will ‘overwhelm’ Ireland

Sharkey claims ‘open-door’ EU policy on immigration will ‘overwhelm’ Ireland

The Donegal native said he would use his presidential bid to highlight his concerns about immigration, and to campaign for the decriminalisation of drugs and prostitution

Prison officer whistleblower to tell committee he had his salary cut off

Prison officer whistleblower to tell committee he had his salary cut off

PAC chair Seán Fleming confirmed that the whistleblower will appear before the Public Accounts Committee in private session on October 11 next

Ross’s plan for ‘modular’ Garda station in Stepaside is news to OPW

Ross’s plan for ‘modular’ Garda station in Stepaside is news to OPW

Fresh doubts have emerged over Shane Ross’s pledge to reopen Stepaside Garda station as civil s...