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.

Fine Gael’s political director Alan Holmes stepping down

Fine Gael’s political director Alan Holmes stepping down

Holmes’s surprise departure comes just four months before the local and European elections

Knocked down, but he’ll get up again

Knocked down, but he’ll get up again

Gavin Duffy spent €5 on each of the 32,198 votes he received in the presidential election. But he says he has no regrets

Sinn Féin TD escapes reprimand for abusive behaviour to gardaí

Sinn Féin TD escapes reprimand for abusive behaviour to gardaí

Last year, Cork East TD Pat Buckley pleaded guilty to threatening and abusing gardaí who called to his home on foot of a noise complaint in August 2017.

Coveney slams calls for border poll as ‘hugely unhelpful’

Coveney slams calls for border poll as ‘hugely unhelpful’

The minister, who has previously said he would like to see a united Ireland in his political lifetime, now believes that calls for reunification in the context of Brexit are not helpful

Profile: Varadkar goes forth after an eventful year

Profile: Varadkar goes forth after an eventful year

Against the odds, Varadkar has survived the last 18 months despite leading a minority government whose continued operation is reliant on the goodwill of an opposition party that has grown increasingly restless

The political year ahead: It all comes back to Brexit

The political year ahead: It all comes back to Brexit

Despite our crises in housing and health, it is Britain’s messy divorce from the EU that will shape the Irish landscape in 2019

Government sources say €1.6bn tax ruling could ‘spook’ multinationals

Government sources say €1.6bn tax ruling could ‘spook’ multinationals

The Revenue Commissioners’ ruling that pharmaceutical giant Perrigo must pay more than €1.6 b...

Coveney wants power-sharing restored within next six months

Coveney wants power-sharing restored within next six months

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said it is possible to restore the power-sharing government in Northe...

FF and SDLP to announce plans for closer ties

FF and SDLP to announce plans for closer ties

Fianna Fáil and the SDLP are expected to formally announce plans for closer cooperation on a num...

Confidence men

Confidence men

The ongoing mayhem in Westminster has played a key role in Fianna Fáil’s decision to sign up for one more year of confidence and supply with Fine Gael

Ministers are told Dáil will only deal with ‘essential’ legislation in no-deal Brexit

Ministers are told Dáil will only deal with ‘essential’ legislation in no-deal Brexit

The government chief whip Seán Kyne emailed all ministers last week asking that they indicate which non-Brexit legislation they want to introduce in the spring “that is absolutely essential, and to state the reasons why this is so”.

Seanad reform proposals to scrap Trinity seats

Seanad reform proposals to scrap Trinity seats

Instead there would be one six-seat Seanad panel that would be elected by graduates of all universities and institutes of technology in Ireland.

Varadkar is refusing to extend the Siteserv inquiry deadline

Varadkar is refusing to extend the Siteserv inquiry deadline

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is refusing to sign off on a request to extend the deadline for the inquir...

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